Saturday, July 12, 2014

Easy Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta & Beans)

Easy, Hearty and Delicious!




Well, I've been "pinning" Fall & Winter pictures now for days,  trying to take my mind off the 90 degree weather.   Yay, Pinterest!  That's when I realized,  "soup season" will be here before we know it!  So, I thought I'd post a recipe of one of our favorites. 

This is a traditional Italian soup, and it's a meal in itself.    Just add a salad, a loaf of warm Italian Bread (garlic bread would be great, too.)  That's it...dinner is ready!   

The original 30 minute meal! 



Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil                                        1 (14 oz.) can chicken or beef broth
1 carrot, diced                                            Salt & Pepper to taste
1 stalk celery, diced                                   1/2 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 thin-sliced onion, diced                        1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic                            2 (15oz) cans Cannellini beans,
2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce                                   drained & rinsed
1 c. water                                                     1 1/2 c. D'Italini pasta        


Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. 

Saute carrot, celery and onion until soft.  Add garlic and saute briefly.  Stir in tomato sauce, water, chicken broth, parsley and basil; salt and pepper to taste; simmer for 20 minutes. 

While that's simmering, bring a large pot of water to a boil; add D'Italini pasta and cook for 8 minutes or until al dente; drain.


Add beans to the sauce mixture and simmer for 10 minutes.  Stir prepared pasta into the sauce and bean mixture.  Garnish with some grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil on top of each bowl.  Oh yum...delicious!

Now, this is one of those recipes you can add chunks of ham, sausage, diced potatoes, and spice it to your own taste.  Sometimes, I use crushed tomatoes instead of sauce, and it gives it a fresher tomato flavor.  Whichever way you like it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.  Make it your own, friends, and have fun in the kitchen!  

God bless you!


"The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore."  -Psalm 121:8


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