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Borlotti beans recipes

Borlotti beans

A variety of kidney bean, this is a large plump bean that is pinkish-brown in colour with reddish-brown streaks. Borlotti beans are widely used in Italian cooking and have a sweetish flavour with a smooth creamy texture. They work well in salads and casseroles. The dried variety needs to be soaked in cold water before cooking.

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Buyer's guide

You can buy borlotti beans dried or canned – cannellini beans make a good replacement if you can’t find them.

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