Saturday, June 16, 2012

Pasta E Fagioli

My awesome sister got me the America's Test Kitchen Cooking for Two cookbook and I must say, it is amazing. The soup I made from it is also amazing. Pasta E Fagioli is one of my favorites and to be honest I have the Olive Garden to thank for my discovery of it.

recipe

recipe
This recipe is simple, so lets gather some ingredients and get started.

ingredients
You will need some bacon, canned tomato, white beans, celery, onion or shallot, garlic, small pasta, chicken stock, oregano, and some crushed red pepper.

bacon!
Chop up your bacon.

celery
Chop up your celery, I did mine the night before because when I get home from work I am usually really hungry.

shallots
Chop your onion.

everything ready to go
Measure out your beans, pasta, stock and have everything ready to go, that is the key to stress free cooking. Have a plan and be prepared, just like those boy scouts.

bacon gets company
Cook the bacon for about 5 minutes or until it begins to brown, then throw in the celery and onion.

veggies and bacon, yum
Let those cook for about 7 minutes then add the oregano, garlic and red pepper flake. Stir that around for about 30 seconds.

beans in
Stir in the tomatoes and the beans and scrape the bottom of the pan to be sure there is no lingering bacony goodness on the bottom.

veggies cooked
Bring that to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.

pasta in
Add in the chicken stock and pasta with some salt and fire the heat back up and let this boil away until the pasta is cooked to your liking, probably about 10-15 minutes. That is it, talk about a quick and delicious dinner.

Pasta e fagioli
I love that this made two servings because I was more than happy to have some the next day, I just had to add a bit more chicken stock when I reheated it. I definitely recommend this soup and the great cookbook the recipe came from.

17 comments:

  1. Yum! This sounds delicious - I think I would quadruple the recipe!

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  2. I had to get the 2012 cookbook for two. I love ATC! Thanks for the recommendation.

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  3. Yes, pasta fagioli is the greatest! So hearty and satisfying...mmm.

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  4. This sounds amazingly delicious. I haven't seen the cookbook yet but will keep my eyes open for it when shopping. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  5. That sounds really good! That is a good tip to get everything ready to go the night before then you don't have to spend a lot of time prepping veggies when you are ready to cook!

    Jane
    http://thehealthybeehive.com

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  6. Oh yum! What a great dish! I`ve got to say, I don`t have nearly enough cookbooks. (I think I have...two? Makes me sad.)

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  7. One of my favorite soups - it looks delicious.

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  8. This looks absolutely delicious my friend - perfect daddy food :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. One of my all time favorite meals.

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  10. Oh, this looks wonderful. I love northern beans too. It looks to be quite filling with the pasta :)

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  11. This looks light, healthy and delicious.

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  12. How the hell did I not hear of the cookbook? I love that soup - and I can eat soup 365 days out of the year, even when its 95 degrees outside. :D

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  13. Pasta fagioli is one of my favorite comfort foods! Delicious. I need to seek out that cookbook!

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  14. Lots of veggies and bacon! What a delicious pasta fagioli!

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  15. This sounds like true comfort food!! Absolutely delicious post my dear! Blessings to you, your friend, Catherine xo

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  16. I never get tired of pasta but this one is almost like a soup, looks pretty good!

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  17. A gorgeous comfort food-esque pasta my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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