Soups forum: Robust Pasta Fagioli - A one-dish meal!

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Feb 25, 2010 11:09 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Pasta Fagiole

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Here’s a good stand-by recipe when you’re looking for a hearty one-dish meal. I always vary the ingredients as far as the fresh herbs are concerned, depending on what I have on hand. And as you can see by the photo, there are 2 different kinds of pasta in this pot as I had ran out – same taste though!


6 slices of thick lean bacon cut into ½ inch pieces
1 large onion diced
3 large cloves of garlic minced
2 ribs of celery chopped
2 carrots chopped into ½ inch pieces
1 quart of chicken broth or stock
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
2 15 oz cans of Great Northern or Cannelini beans
6 oz of fresh spinach roughly chopped
2 sprigs of parsley finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon fresh chopped basil
8 oz of dry ditalini or seashell pasta
1 tablespoon of “Better than Boullion” Ham base (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan or Romano cheese for garnish and extra flavor

In a dutch oven, fry the bacon pieces until semi-crisp. Drain off excess fat but leave some. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, diced celery and carrots and sauté until onions are transparent. Add the Chicken Stock and diced tomatoes and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes covered. Add the beans, spinach, parsley, oregano and basil and simmer for another 15 minutes. Add the “Ham Base” if you have it! Add salt and pepper to taste. Finally, add the pasta and cook uncovered until pasta is tender (approximately 10 minutes), Ladle soup into individual serving bowls and sprinkle cheese on top!


[Last edited Oct 13, 2010 11:33 AM CST]
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Mar 12, 2010 9:41 AM CST
Name: Paul Hicks
id like to have a bowl please. Paul Hurray!
Mar 15, 2010 10:31 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
But Paul...NO MUSKRAT! hehehe

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