Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pasta e Fagioli

To me the cooler weather in autumn means soup. This Italian soup is delicious and filling. I doubled the recipe so we could eat it two nights, and I still had enough for lunch for myself. The original recipe is Weight Watchers, but I made a few changes.

Pasta e Fagioli

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup red wine (optional)
1/2 cup small shell pasta (or whatever small pasta you like)
1 (15.5 ounce) can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
grated Parmesan cheese

Heat olive oil in a large pot.  Saute onion, carrots, celery, and garlic until soft, about 10 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until brown, about 5 minutes.
Stir in chili powder, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper; cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered 20 minutes. 
Stir in pasta, bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered until the pasta is tender and the soup thickens, about 8 minutes. 
Add beans and heat. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, warm crusty bread and the remainder of the bottle of wine .  Makes 6 servings.

Note: Use less oil if you use a nonstick pot.  I never drain my ground beef, because I buy the leanest available.  Buy the tomato paste that comes in a tube. It lasts forever in the fridge and it's perfect for adding small amounts to recipes.

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Now I'm off to make Hubby's favorite meal, spaghetti. What is your favorite Italian food?

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  1. That looks fantastic. I cannot wait to try it. Perfect for the fall weather we might finally be getting. Yeah. Come over and visit us. We have a terrific apple stuffed pork chop recipe to share.

  2. Great minds think alike! I made this last week in my slow cooker. It was fabulous! I posted mine to Cast Party Wednesday before I saw your post.

    I think I'm going to have to be a new follower. =)


  3. Neil would pass out if I made something this good. I guess I'm going to have to make it. We're expecting a cold front all the way down to the mid 50's for a low. ha-ha.

    Thanks as always!


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