Fagioli all’uccelletto

Fagioli all’uccelletto is a bean dish that features cannellini beans cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce with garlic and sage. The name “all’uccelletto” means “in the style of little birds” and refers to the small bird-like shape of the beans and the sage leaves, which resemble feathers. The beans are typically cooked until tender and then simmered in the tomato sauce with garlic and sage, giving them a rich and flavorful taste. The dish is typically served as a side dish or as a main course and is known for its rustic and hearty taste.


  • 1 pound of cannellini beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 2 cups of tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 10 leaves of fresh sage
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the tomato puree, 2 cups water, and the soaked cannellini beans to the pot. Stir to combine.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 1 hour or until the beans are tender.
  4. Add the sage leaves and continue to simmer for another 15-20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve hot as a side dish or main course.

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