Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Fagioli nel fiasco

Un uomo dal bagno alla cucina is hosting Menu Lib(e)ro and we're up to side dishes and I'm serving up a very traditional plate of Fagioli nel 'fiasco"

Beans cooked in a flask

The book I've chosen to use is Cucina Regionale from Il Cucchiaio D'argento

Il Cucchiaio D'argento Cucina Regionale

While this dish is traditionally made with cannellini or zolfini beans, I've chosen to use another white bean called Fagioli del Purgatorio (Purgatory beans)- they are smaller and thinner skinned.

Purgatory Beans

Fagioli nel "fiasco" is a pretty simple dish - you can get special terracotta or glass flasks (1've used a glass flask in this recipe) but you could also use any heatproof glass vessel, like a mason jar.

Beas cooked in a flask

Fagioli nel "fiasco"

500 grams Fagioli del Purgatorio [you can substitute with cannellini or zolfini)
2 garlic cloves
2 sage leaves
100 mls olive oil
salt and pepper, to finish

If you are using cannellini or zolfini beans you would need to soak them overnight - if you are using Purgatorio beans, a couple of hours soaking is enough.

Drain the soaked beans and place them in your flask, layering as you go with the olive oil, garlic cloves, sage leaves and peppercorns.

Pour in the water - just enough to cover the beans by a centimeter.

Place the flask in a simmering pot of water - the water in the pot should be at the same level as the liquid in the flask. It is also a good idea to sit the flask on a trivet in the pot so that it doesn't get direct heat from the base of the pot.

Depending on the bean you've used it will take from 2 to 5 hours to cook - keep an eye on the water level in the pot and always replenish with boiling water.

When the beans are cooked, remove the flask from the pot and let it stand for 15 minutes.

Pour the beans into a bowl and season with salt and freshly ground pepper, before drizzling over with extra virgin olive oil.


  1. I love these beans too and have presented a recipe with them some time ago. I also have a fiasco that I sometimes use to cook beans: it is so much fun :)

    1. the beans are great and I love using the fiasco (I just like looking at it!)


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