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May 22, 2013 09:00 AM

What to call this?

I made a dish the other night that just seemed like it would work, and by Jove, it did! I sauteed some chopped onion, celery, and carrot in a little olive oil, then when they started to get tender I added cooked white beans and really good Italian canned tuna in oil (oil drained off first), as well as a couple of finely minced oil-cured anchovies. Heated just enough to warm the beans and tuna. Seriously delicious! And reheated beautifully the next day.

My question is, is this a known dish (or variation on one), or something quasi-new? What do I call it?

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  1. It sounds a little like an Italian dish called Fagioli e tonno which is typically served cold, as a salad.

    It also sounds delicious!

    1. It is vaguely like tonno e fagioli as suggested by LiveRock - although that tends to be just the cannellini beans, tinned tuna, sliced onion and the dressing. No cooking involved.

      I like your creation which I reckon would still happily work without the cooking. I'll regard it as Bob's Bean Bonanza.

      2 Replies
      1. re: Harters

        Accurate, but not quite as elegant as I was hoping for. Maybe something more like Melange au Robert.

        1. re: BobB

          Not quite as descriptive. How about caldi fagioli e tonno a Roberto? Robert's hot beans and tuna.

      2. Your riff sounds pretty good.
        We've been experimenting with a white-bean side dish lately to go with summer grilling. I think I'll give your version a go, maybe include white wine and rosemary or fresh sage.
        I can't improve chowser's name: anything "a Roberto" always sounds terrific.