Soak the cannellini beans overnight and drain.
Pulse the bacon, garlic, and rosemary in a mini-food processor to make a fine textured paste or 'pestata'.
Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add the pestata, and cook until bacon has rendered its fat, about 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, make the second pestata (you don't have to wash the processor) by pur?eing the onion and carrot. Add the second pestata to the pot, and cook, stirring occasionally, until it has dried out and starts to stick to the bottom of the pan, about 5 minutes.
Scrape the pestata to one side of the pan to clear a "hot spot," add the tomato paste, and let cook for a few minutes, until lightly toasted. Stir the tomato paste into the pestata, and add the drained beans, the potatoes, and the bay leaves. Pour in the water. Bring the soup to a boil, cover, and let cook at a strong simmer until beans and potatoes are tender, about 1 hour and 15 minutes, uncovering to reduce liquid about halfway through the cooking time. Stir in salt.
With a large wooden spoon, mash the remaining potatoes against the side of the pot to thicken the soup. Return soup to a boil, add the ditalini, and cook until pasta is al dente. Season to taste.
Serve soup with a drizzle of olive oil and some grated cheese
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (284g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 69 (17%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 7.7g||10 %|
|Saturated Fat 1.1g||5 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 3.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.6g|
|Cholesterol 82.8mg||25 %|
|Sodium 512.9mg||18 %|
|Potassium 380.8mg||10 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 69.1g||20 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.5g||6 %|
|Sugars, other 67.5g|
|Protein 13.8g||20 %|
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Calories per serving: 399
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