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Traditional Italian recipe: Cicerchie Beans with Cotechino Italian Sausage


Recipe by Alexander Palermo
Photos by Amy Sheridan

I love cicerchie. An ancient form of chickpea, they look like a cross between corn and human teeth (yes, it’s weird). Cotechino is traditionally served with lentils, but in this dish it pairs wonderfully with the cicerchie (basically an Italian sausage). For a vegetarian take on this dish, omit the cotechino and top the cicerchie with a fried egg. Be sure to buy a huge loaf of crusty bread to serve on the side. Serve with a crisp tricolore salad and, preferably, an Umbrian wine.

if you’re looking for more traditional Italian dishes, try this Three Meat Bolognese Sauce Recipe or a Homemade Margherita Pizza.

Cicerchie Beans with Cotechino Italian Sausage

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 3 hours

Total Time 3 hours, 30 minutes

Serves 4-6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 5 large sage leaves
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 3 large garlic cloves, cut in half
  • 2-3 birdseye chilis, crushed
  • 1 lb. piece cotechino (ask your local butcher)
  • 1 lb. bag cicerchie, soaked in cool water overnight and drained
  • salt to taste
  • bread for serving

Directions

  1. Melt the butter and olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat.
  2. Add the diced vegetables and crushed bird’s eye chillies and cook until soft.
  3. Add the whole cotechino, cicerchie and sage. Stir to coat and allow cicerchie to toast slightly, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the water to cover, about 4 cups.
  5. You want the cicerchie to be covered by 1/2 inch of water for the entire cooking period.
  6. Check in with during the cooking process and add more water if necessary.
  7. Cook cicerchie at barely a simmer for about 3 hours, until cicerchie is soft.
  8. Check the dish for salt.
  9. Add salt to taste.
  10. To serve, remove the whole piece of cotechino and cut into 1/2 inch slices.
  11. Spoon the cicerchie into warm serving bowls, top with cotechino slices and drizzle with a spicy extra virgin olive oil.


Serve crusty bread on the side.

Happy cooking,
Alex

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  1. Cicerchie Beans with Cotechino - Le Marche & Umbria alternative to Lentils | Le Marche and Food | Scoop.it - November 22, 2012

    [...] Cicerchia is an ancient form of chickpea, they look like a cross between corn and human teeth (yes, it’s weird). Cotechino is traditionally served with lentils, but in this dish it pairs wonderfully with the cicerchie (basically an Italian sausage). For a vegetarian take on this dish, omit the cotechino and top the cicerchie with a fried egg. Be sure to buy a huge loaf of crusty bread to serve on the side.cicerchie beans with cotechino italian sausagePrep Time - 10 minutesCook Time - 3 hoursTotal Time - 3 hours, 30 minutesServes - 4-6 peopleIngredients1 cup diced carrots1 cup diced celery1 cup diced onion5 large sage leaves1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil1 Tbsp butter3 large garlic cloves, cut in half2-3 birdseye chilis, crushed1 lb. piece cotechino (ask your local butcher)1 lb. bag cicerchie, soaked in cool water overnight and drainedsalt to tastebread for servingClick for directionsCurated by http://www.scoop.it/mariano-pallottini   [...]

  2. Cicerchie Beans with Cotechino - Le Marche & Umbria alternative to Lentils | La Cucina Italiana - De Italiaanse Keuken - The Italian Kitchen | Scoop.it - November 22, 2012

    [...] Cicerchia is an ancient form of chickpea, they look like a cross between corn and human teeth (yes, it’s weird). Cotechino is traditionally served with lentils, but in this dish it pairs wonderfully with the cicerchie (basically an Italian sausage). For a vegetarian take on this dish, omit the cotechino and top the cicerchie with a fried egg. Be sure to buy a huge loaf of crusty bread to serve on the side.   cicerchie beans with cotechino italian sausage Prep Time - 10 minutesCook Time - 3 hoursTotal Time - 3 hours, 30 minutesServes - 4-6 peopleIngredients 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup diced celery 1 cup diced onion 5 large sage leaves 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp butter 3 large garlic cloves, cut in half 2-3 birdseye chilis, crushed 1 lb. piece cotechino (ask your local butcher) 1 lb. bag cicerchie, soaked in cool water overnight and drained salt to taste bread for serving Click for directions Curated by http://www.scoop.it/mariano-pallottini ;  [...]

  3. Cicerchie Beans with Cotechino - Le Marche & Umbria alternative to Lentils | TENDENCE! | Scoop.it - November 22, 2012

    [...] Cicerchia is an ancient form of chickpea, they look like a cross between corn and human teeth (yes, it’s weird). Cotechino is traditionally served with lentils, but in this dish it pairs wonderfully with the cicerchie (basically an Italian sausage). For a vegetarian take on this dish, omit the cotechino and top the cicerchie with a fried egg. Be sure to buy a huge loaf of crusty bread to serve on the side.   cicerchie beans with cotechino italian sausage Prep Time - 10 minutesCook Time - 3 hoursTotal Time - 3 hours, 30 minutesServes - 4-6 peopleIngredients 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup diced celery 1 cup diced onion 5 large sage leaves 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp butter 3 large garlic cloves, cut in half 2-3 birdseye chilis, crushed 1 lb. piece cotechino (ask your local butcher) 1 lb. bag cicerchie, soaked in cool water overnight and drained salt to taste bread for serving Click for directions Curated by http://www.scoop.it/mariano-pallottini ;  [...]

  4. Cicerchie Beans with Cotechino - Le Marche & Umbria alternative to Lentils | Discover Le Marche - Italy | Scoop.it - November 23, 2012

    [...] Because of the Festa della cicerchia that starts tomorrow in Serra de'Conti, I rescooped a nice recipe to show how to use them in the proper, Italian way:   Cicerchia is an ancient form of chickpea, they look like a cross between corn and human teeth (yes, it’s weird). Cotechino is traditionally served with lentils, but in this dish it pairs wonderfully with the cicerchie (basically an Italian sausage). For a vegetarian take on this dish, omit the cotechino and top the cicerchie with a fried egg. Be sure to buy a huge loaf of crusty bread to serve on the side.   cicerchie beans with cotechino italian sausage Prep Time - 10 minutesCook Time - 3 hoursTotal Time - 3 hours, 30 minutesServes - 4-6 peopleIngredients 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup diced celery 1 cup diced onion 5 large sage leaves 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp butter 3 large garlic cloves, cut in half 2-3 birdseye chilis, crushed 1 lb. piece cotechino (ask your local butcher) 1 lb. bag cicerchie, soaked in cool water overnight and drained salt to taste bread for serving Click for directions   Curated by http://www.scoop.it/mariano-pallottini ;  [...]

  5. Cicerchie Beans with Cotechino - Le Marche & Umbria alternative to Lentils | Denim e Jeans | Scoop.it - November 23, 2012

    [...] Cicerchia is an ancient form of chickpea, they look like a cross between corn and human teeth (yes, it’s weird). Cotechino is traditionally served with lentils, but in this dish it pairs wonderfully with the cicerchie (basically an Italian sausage). For a vegetarian take on this dish, omit the cotechino and top the cicerchie with a fried egg. Be sure to buy a huge loaf of crusty bread to serve on the side.   cicerchie beans with cotechino italian sausage Prep Time - 10 minutesCook Time - 3 hoursTotal Time - 3 hours, 30 minutesServes - 4-6 peopleIngredients 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup diced celery 1 cup diced onion 5 large sage leaves 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp butter 3 large garlic cloves, cut in half 2-3 birdseye chilis, crushed 1 lb. piece cotechino (ask your local butcher) 1 lb. bag cicerchie, soaked in cool water overnight and drained salt to taste bread for serving Click for directions   Curated by http://www.scoop.it/mariano-pallottini ;  [...]

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