Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagoili

Last night was comfort food night.  When I left work, the weather was quite raw feeling - drizzling, cool and a bit windy and guess what?  I forgot to wear a coat when I left the house - it was warmer when I left in the morning.  So this was a perfect night for a heartier meal.   This recipe Pasta e Fagioli is more of a soup, but I kept adding ingredients and before I knew it, it was like a stew (and to please the DIY Guy, I added ground beef).  Either way it was quite tasty and warmed my bones!

I have a new tip for you - well - more of a new tip to me but I think you will like it.   Don't cook your pasta noodles in the soup (stew).  Boil them separately and add to the individual bowls as you are scooping.  This helps if you have leftover soup as noodles tend to get mushy and magically grow when they sit in soup too long.  For our dinner I cooked only what I thought we would need and when I reheat the leftovers, I'll make a small batch of noodles again.

Pasta e Fagioli

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients (10 servings)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 3 celery stalks sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 can red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can white kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 bay leave
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 oz. cooked Ditalini pasta
1. Brown beef in a dutch oven then add onion, carrots, and celery. Saute for 10 minutes.
2. Add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, beef broth, water, kidney beans, white beans and spices.
3. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes - remove bay leave
4. I added pasta to each bowl and did not cook in soup.
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We topped ours off with a bit a pecorino romano cheese.  Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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  1. This looks so comforting and delicious! I want to curl up with a big bowl now! YUM! :)

  2. Love me some comfort food and ANYTHING Italian! Looks great Deb!

  3. Your stew looks so good and filling! I love soups and I agree add the pasta to each bowl. The juice just drink it all up. We had chicken noodle soup here last night that is so tasty........Made it a few days ago and its gone.............Nice photo's andi

  4. Pasta e fagioli is my favorite winter recipe! I love your addition of ground beef!

  5. I love pasta e fagioli great tip on the noodles, Thanks for sharing this with us on foodie friday.

  6. This looks like it would be perfect for the cold weather we've been having. Great comfort food :)

  7. Deb, that looks like the perfect cold weather food! I have been cold for 3 days. I'm in trouble when winter actually gets here! :(

  8. Hi again I forgot to say this on the other post. What do you use fir your printable recipes I'd love to know thanks! Emily

  9. My mother LOVES this soup and I am so glad to have found this recipe! Would also love to have you share it at our Super Saturday Link Party going on now!

    I'm Deb too!


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