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  • Florentine beans

  • Serves 4 Takes 1 hr 40. mins plus soaking time

  • Ingredients

  • 1kg / 2lb fresh cannelloni beans or 450g./ 1 lb. Dried beans
    2 garlic cloves, chopped
    1leek, white part only, chopped
    350g./ 12 oz fresh tomatoe peeled, deseeded and chopped
    115g./ 4oz. oz green (uncured, unsmoked) belly of pork or streaky bacon, chopped
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Method

  • If you're using dry beans Place in a colander and rinse well under cold running water when the water runs clear
    place the beans in a bowl, cover with plenty of cold water and leave overnight to soak.
    Preheat the oven to 2000c/ 4000F/ gas mark 6
    drain the beans and place them In an ovenproof casserole dish with the garlic cloves, leek, tomatoes and pork belly or bacon.
    Season well with salt and black pepper pour enough cold water into the casserole dish to cover, place the lid on and bake for about 1 hrs or until the beans are tender Serve immediately