Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pasta e Fagioli

Since I have been doing a lot of baking lately for the holidays, I decided it was time to post a non-sugar high recipe! Pasta e Fagioli, more commonly known as pasta and beans, is a simple, hearty, and delicious dish that just oozes with feelings of comfort.  This meal is basically my version of American Chop Suey and is perfect on those chilly winter nights.


Pasta e Fagioli 
Ingredients:
-1 to 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
-1 medium onion, chopped
-2 cloves of garlic, minced
-Between 1 and 2 pounds ground beef
-1 28 oz can of ground and peeled "kitchen ready" tomatoes 
-1 14 oz can chicken broth 
-1 15.5 oz can shelled beans
-Salt, pepper, parsley, oregano, and basil to taste (I usually do a couple shakes of each) 
-1 box elbow macaroni or penne pasta 


Directions:
In a heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil and sauté onions and garlic for a couple of minutes.  Add in the ground beef and let cook for a few more minutes.  Pour in the can of kitchen ready tomatoes and chicken stock.  Cover and bring sauce to a boil.  Once boiling, remove cover, reduce heat, and cook for an additional 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beans in during the last 15 minutes of cooking. 

Meanwhile, prepare the pasta.  Bring a pot of water to a boil and add a sprinkle of salt to the water.  Stir in the macaroni and cook until tender (or however you prefer your pasta), about 8-10 minutes.  Once both the pasta and the sauce are done, strain the pasta and add to the sauce mixture.  Stir until the macaroni is fully mixed into the sauce. 

To serve, load a pile of pasta on your plate, top with parsley for some added color, and dig in! Enjoy!  


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20 comments:

  1. Mmm what a hearty dish, this looks amazing! Love your presentation! :)

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  2. This sounds so wonderful...right up my alley! Love the color of the sauce!

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  3. Ooh! How inviting is this vibrant and delicious plate of pasta! Absolutely love the color of the sauce and I bet it tasted delicious! :)

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  4. Oh, this looks so delicious and comforting! I had to post a savory recipe today, too, after a overdose of desserts~

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  5. I've never seen a version that wasn't soup! Sounds fabulous though.

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  6. I love, love, love elbow macaroni, and the sauce looks utterly perfect. This is the kind of dish I eat seconds and thirds of until I feel miserable! :)

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  7. not what I expected (was thinkin' soup)...this looks so good :)

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  8. Yeah it's traditionally a soup, but I made mine a mix between the soup and american chop suey

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  9. Omgosh... this looks soooo good!! I just need a fork. Well done. :)

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  10. Looks good! I use Ditalini but different pasta is a good choice..Mine is thick too!!! I guess it just depends on how you want it..Thanks for sharing!

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  11. This looks so delicious! The pictures are making me hungry!

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  12. I also thought you were gonna post about the soup...which is one of my FAVORITE soups ever! But I love your twist on it! What do you mean by "shelled" beans?

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  13. I have never seen a pasta fagioli so thick! I've only ever eaten it as a soup, but it sure does look delicious!

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  14. Now I see where you get all your dynamic energy! What a real comfort booster, packed with wonderful goodies.

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  15. Ymmmm....beautiful photos! Makes me want to reach right through the monitor and take a BIG bite of pasta. Congrats on top 9! Buzzed you.

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  16. I love the soup and I can't wait to try this pasta dish! Congrats on Foodbuzz Top 9!

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  17. What I would give for a giant plate of this right now! Looks so fantastic! Congrats on making the Top 9 : )

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  18. You definitely need to counter act the sweets this time of year. Looks like a very warm comfort food dish!

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  19. This is the sort of dish I can really dig into! Love it.

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  20. This is my dad's favorite food. I will have to try your recipe!

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