From the eighteenth to the twentieth century, aristocrats from all over Europe flocked to Italy for what was called a "Grand Tour": an educational rite of passage, a time to explore the country's art, academics, and culture. Today, we're taking you on a culinary Grand Tour. Here are 8 recipes from the regions of Italy -- from Sicily to Lombardia, Tuscany to Veneto. Buon appetito!
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Pasta e Fagioli by QueenOfGreen
I swear, when I came home from a study abroad in Rome, I ate this so much my friends began to call it Pasta Fa-Julie. (Yes, that's my name! Close enough anyway. The secret's out!) I modified this one from Gourmet magazine. -- QueenOfGreen
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2 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small stalk celery
1 can (14 oz)