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Insalata agrodolce di cannellini

You'll need

200 gm (1 cup) dried cannellini beans, soaked in cold water overnight 1 small carrot, coarsely chopped 1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped ½ onion, coarsely chopped 2 fresh bay leaves 200 gm organic farro pelato (see note) ¼ cup (loosely packed) small tarragon leaves 40 gm baby herbs, such as chervil, rocket, chard, rocket cress and parsley (about 4 punnets), trimmed 50 gm truffle pecorino, shaved (see note)   Aged Nebbiolo dressing 1 roasted garlic clove (see note) ¼ tsp Dijon mustard 70 ml olive oil 30 ml Nebbiolo agrodolce red wine vinegar (see note) 2 tbsp lemon juice, or to taste 1 tsp white sugar, or to taste


  • 01
  • Drain and rinse cannellini beans. Place in a saucepan with vegetables and bay leaves, cover with plenty of cold water, bring to the boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low and simmer until cooked through (25-30 minutes). Drain and set aside.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add farro, return to the boil, reduce heat to low and cook until tender (10-15 minutes). Drain and set aside.
  • 03
  • For aged Nebbiolo dressing, mash roasted garlic and mustard together with a fork in a bowl, gradually drizzle in oil, whisking to combine, then whisk in vinegar and season to taste with lemon juice, sugar, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.
  • 04
  • Combine cannellini beans and farro pelato in a bowl with half the herbs and pecorino. Drizzle over dressing, reserving 1 tsp, toss to combine and spoon into bowls. Combine remaining herbs and dressing, scatter over salad, then scatter over remaining pecorino.
Note Farro pelato is a type of grain available from Italian delicatessens. Truffle pecorino is available from specialty cheese shops. To roast garlic, preheat oven to 200C, wrap a head of garlic tightly in aluminium foil and roast until very soft (20-25 minutes). Squeeze garlic from skin and use as required. Nebbiolo agrodolce red wine vinegar is made from Nebbiolo grapes and is available from Pendolino and select delicatessens.

“I really enjoyed the cannellini bean and farro salad I had at Pendolino’s – the dressing was delicious. Would you ask chef Nino Zoccali for the recipe please?”
Helen Faber, Neutral Bay, NSW

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  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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