Fresh Borlotti Beans


What a pleasant surprise to find fresh borlotti beans in the farmers’ market!  These were from Italy; they aren’t be harvested yet in our region.  I love their firm exteriors and creamy interiors!  Inspiration for this recipe comes from Sweet Almond Tree  I liked this recipe because of the thick sauce. 


As we’re leaving on Wednesday to join my husband in Stuttgart and catch the plane to the U.S., I adjusted the recipe according to what I needed to use in the refrigerator; uncooked chicken thighs, fresh tomatoes and leeks.


Dried beans just can’t compare to the fresh ones.  When I get back, I’m going to shell and freeze some to tide us over the barren seasons 🙂


Open face style!


Fresh Borlotti Beans

2 chicken thighs

1 large purple onion, chopped

4-5 cloves garlic, chopped

2 small leeks, chopped

1 glug olive oil

1 bunch parsley, leaves chopped

2 each, red, yellow and orange tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 bay leaf

1 tsp dried oregano

Salt and pepper

2 cups chicken broth

2lbs unshelled fresh borlotti beans, shelled

1 glug of olive oil

Basil leaves, torn

Brown the chicken thighs in a hot skillet, then set aside.

In a large pot, saute the onion, garlic and leeks in the olive oil until the vegetables are soft.  Add the parsley, tomatoes, bay leaf, oregano, salt, pepper, chicken broth and reserved chicken thighs.  Bring to a boil, then reduce flame and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Remove the chicken thighs from the pot, remove bones, then chop into coarse pieces.  Set aside.

Add the beans and the glug of olive oil  to the pot, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 1 hour until the insides are cooked and creamy.  Add the chopped chicken and continue to cook for about 15 minutes.  Sprinkle with basil leaves and serve.   

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44 Responses to Fresh Borlotti Beans

  1. TrampStudent says:

    Aside from your lovely food, your tableware is gorgeous!

  2. lyndagray says:

    Wonderful food.

  3. lyndagray says:

    Reblogged this on Lynda Gray and commented:
    Wonderful food.

  4. Darya says:

    I adore fresh beans and agree with you; they cannot be compared to the dried versions (which I also like). Beautiful recipe and pictures!

  5. Mad Dog says:

    Those beans look fantastic!
    You’ll have to pack M. Parret (and his cheese) in your suitcase and take him on vacation 😉
    Bon voyage.

  6. They look good!

  7. These sort of dishes “platos de cuchara” or “spoon dishes” are so loved by the Spanish. We only have fresh borlotti round here when we grow them ourselves and this year we didn’t 🙁 I bet it was amazing!

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  9. abrooke65 says:

    These beans are gorgeous. I love fresh ingredients too. It makes all the difference. Beautiful pics too!

  10. Looks delicious what a great appetizer!

  11. Beautiful beans! I could eat this everyday!

  12. Oh, so delicious looking. I first discovered these beans working in a restaurant and now am addicted to them, although they are not so easy to find here (MI and Chicago). Now you have inspired me to go hunting and then make this !!

  13. Love the look of this Rosemary. Will have to keep my eyes open for the fresh varieties.

  14. Bassa's Blog says:

    This looks delicious. You know how much we love beans here in Georgia! 🙂

  15. Mary Frances says:

    Your photographs are incredibly inspiring. The colorful veggies in the mixing bowl–Wow! Thank you for sharing with us

  16. Absolutely beautiful–the bean before and the dish after!

  17. Love these as bruschetta!

  18. Jody and Ken says:

    Great stuff–recipe, photos, all of it. My only question, Why bother with the bread – just give me a bowl. 🙂 ken

  19. Fresh borlotti beans are such a treat! It looks like you did them justice. Brava!

  20. 13eliza13 says:

    This looks wonderful! I was lucky enough to find a big bag of these at the farmer’s market, but they were already shelled. How many cups or pounds did you end up with after shelling? I want to make this tonight!

  21. 13eliza13 says:

    How many pounds or cups of beans did you end up with after shelling? I found some shelled at the farmer’s market and I would love to make this tonight!

  22. These do look marvelous! I’ve never had the fresh – as a matter of fact, there are only a few types of beans I’ve ever had fresh, and now I can see I am missing out! Drat!

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