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Linguine with Cabbage and Butter Beans


A cross between a soup and a sauce with linguine.

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  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup fresh fennel (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (scraped and chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh garlic (chopped)
  • 1 medium savoy cabbage (shredded)
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 8 oz dried butter beans (small lima beans)
  • 1 lb linguine
  • Romano cheese
  • Prosciutto Bone (optional)


Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 130mins


Step 1

Heat the oil and 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy-bottomed pot. Add the fennel, carrot, onion, and garlic, and saute gently until the vegetables are soft; approximately 30 minutes.

Add the cabbage, red pepper, and salt, and saute for about 10 minutes, until soft. Add the butter beans and 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer until the beans are soft, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Add additional salt to taste.

Bring 5 quarts of salted water to a boil in a large pot.

Cook the linguine until it is almost al dente, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain and add it to the sauce. Toss together over low heat until the pasta is al dente. Fold in the remaining butter, and serve with Romano cheese.

Optional: a prosciutto bone can be cooked with the beans.

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