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.
- 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
We topped ours off with a bit a pecorino romano cheese. Hope you enjoy this recipe!