Wonderful Pasta e Fagioli Soup

 

wonderful-pasta-e-fagioli-soupWhat is Pasta e Fagioli Soup?

A hearty, traditional soup originating in Italy, Pasta e Fagioli means simply “pasta and beans.” There is no “official” recipe for Pasta e Fagioli which started as a peasant dish composed of inexpensive ingredients. Furthermore, in Italy the recipe varies from region to region in regard to the type of beans, type of pasta and seasonings used to make Pasta e Fagioli. This wonderful soup is also called “Pasta Fazool” by Americans, probably from the Neopolitan “pasta e fasule.”

Typically, the ingredients for this wonderful soup includes pasta, beans, garlic, onion, celery, sage, thyme, parsley, marjoram, tomatoes, ham or bacon. Since there is no “official” recipe, I like to make Pasta e Fagioli with a few other ingredients in addition to those in the traditional recipe. The following recipe uses a slow cooker to prepare Pasta e Fagioli but this recipe may also be cooked in a large soup pot on top of the stove.

Recipe for Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Pasta e Fagioli Soup
Serves 8
A hearty Italian soup made of pasta, beans, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and seasonings.
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Cook Time
3 hr
Cook Time
3 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  3. 2 whole carrots, shredded (1 cup)
  4. 4 celery stalks, chopped
  5. 1 onion, chopped
  6. 1 bell pepper, chopped
  7. 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  8. 1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  9. 2 (14.5-oz.) cans beef broth
  10. 2 whole bay leaves
  11. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  12. 1 teaspoon dried basil
  13. 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  14. 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  15. Salt & Pepper to taste
  16. 1 (15-oz.) can red kidney beans
  17. 1 (15-oz.) can northern beans
  18. 1 cup ditalini pasta (or other small pasta), uncooked
Instructions
  1. Add oil to a large skillet and brown the ground meat.
  2. Place the meat in a slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients except for the beans and pasta.
  3. Cook on low for 7 - 8 hours or high for 3 - 4 hours. Drain liquid from beans and add to the mixture.
  4. Stir in the pasta and cook for 30 minutes more to ensure the pasta is completely cooked.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  6. Discard bay leaves before serving.
  7. Serve with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Notes
  1. Use your particular favorite beans in this soup. Don't worry if you can't find ditalini - any small pasta will do or you can even break spaghetti into smaller pieces to use in this wonderful soup!
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 Recipe Notes

Some versions of Pasta e Fagioli are meatless and if this is your preference just leave the meat out and use vegetable broth instead of beef broth in the preparation.

When making soup I almost always shred the carrots because they cook faster this way.


pasta-e-fagioli-ingredients-in-crockpotI couldn’t find ditalini at my nearby grocery store so I substituted the smallest macaroni I could find in its place. There are some cooks that like to cook the pasta before adding it to the soup, but I like the way the pasta thickens the soup.

Don’t forget to take out the 2 bay leaves before serving the soup or someone may be surprised! Furthermore, shaved or grated Parmesan cheese is a delicious addition to this soup.

If you have leftover Pasta e Fagioli Soup the next day, you may wish to add one (15-oz.) can of diced tomatoes with their juice to thin it out just a bit as it thickens up overnight in the refrigerator!

Pasta e Fagioli Praised in Two Songs

Have you ever eaten a food that was so tasty, satisfying and hearty that you sang about it?

Pasta e Fagioli has the distinction of being included in the lyrics of two songs, one of which was written in 1929 by Van and Schenck, called “Pastafazoola!” The other song was “That’s Amoré” sung by Dean Martin. “When the stars make your drool just like pasta fazool – that’s amoré” is part of the lyrics. There’s another line about pizza, too! “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie – that’s amoré!” One more lyric – “when the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine – that’s amoré!”

I can relate to associating food with love because I tend to relate food with most things! 🙂 (Being a foodie and all!)

I hope you’ll make some Pasta e Fagioli soon and add the ingredients you like most to make it your own version! It’s a great winter soup!

Here are links to other soups you might like: Multigrain Chicken Soup and Janet’s Potato Soup.

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Easy Cheesy Enchilada Pie

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Easy Cheesy Enchilada Pie is chock full of wonderful ingredients like black olives, mild green chilies, corn, ground turkey or ground beef, onion, red bell pepper, tomatoes, cumin, corn or flour tortillas, enchilada sauce and grated cheese! Baked in an 8″ round pan, Easy Cheesy Enchilada Pie may be cut into slices for serving, like pie! I find this dish to be quite satisfying and whenever I take it to a social event, I come home with an empty pan so I’m sure others like it, too!

The Recipe – Easy Cheesy Enchilada Pie

Easy Cheesy Enchilada Pie
Serves 6
A casserole baked in a round pan with tortillas, cheese, enchilada sauce, onions, red bell pepper, green chilies, black olives and corn, spiced with cumin.
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Cook Time
40 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  2. 1 cup chopped onion
  3. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. 1 pound ground turkey or ground beef
  5. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  6. 1 (14.5 oz. can) diced tomatoes with garlic and onion
  7. 1/2 cup enchilada sauce
  8. 1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chilies
  9. 1 cup corn
  10. 3/4 cup pitted sliced black olives
  11. 4 (8-inch) corn or flour tortillas
  12. 8 ounces grated or shredded four cheese Mexican blend
Instructions
  1. Spray pan spray or grease a round 3-quart casserole baking dish.
  2. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper and onions and saute 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add ground meat and cook, breaking up chunks, for 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
  4. Sprinkle with cumin, add tomatoes, enchilada sauce & chopped green chilies.
  5. Stir until simmering, then simmer 10 minutes to develop flavors. Remove from heat and stir in corn and olives.
  6. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. To assemble: Line bottom of baking dish with 2 tortillas.
  8. Top with half of the filling and about 1/3 of the cheese.
  9. Top with another tortilla, the remaining filling, half the remaining cheese, then the remaining tortilla.
  10. Cover casserole with lid or foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake 10 minutes longer until cheese melts and filling bubbles.
  11. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into wedges.
  12. Serve with accompaniments.
Notes
  1. Accompaniments: Sour Cream, Salsa, Shredded Lettuce, Chopped Tomatoes, Chopped Avocado, Chopped Green Onions
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 Recipe Notes

Chopping the onions and red bell pepper is the most time-consuming part of preparing Easy Cheesy Enchilada Pie! Once chopped, the onions and red bell pepper are sautéed in olive oil until tender.


easy-cheesy-enchilada-pieThe ground meat is added to the skillet and cooked until no long pink. Next the cumin, tomatoes, enchilada sauce and chopped green chilies are added and simmered for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Black olives and corn are added to the mixture after removing it from the heat.

easy-cheesy-enchilada-pieTo assemble Easy Cheesy Enchilada Pie, place 2 tortillas in the bottom of the baking dish. Top with half of the filling and about 1/3 of the grated cheese. Top with another tortilla, the remaining filling, half the remaining cheese, then the remaining tortilla.

Cover the casserole with foil and bake for 30 minutes; then uncover, add the remaining cheese and bake 10 minutes longer. Let the dish stand for 10 minutes, then cut into wedges.

Serve with your choice of accompaniments such as sour cream, shredded lettuce, chopped green onions, chopped avocado, chopped tomatoes and salsa.

I used frozen white shoe peg corn in the preparation of this recipe, but canned corn may be used as well.

Individualize this recipe to suit your family’s food preferences. Choose either ground turkey or ground beef and either flour tortillas or corn tortillas to make Easy Cheesy Enchilada Pie more to your liking! If you’d like more “heat” add some chili powder, cayenne pepper or tabasco.

A simple and delicious dish, Easy Cheesy Enchilada Pie is sure to please!

If you like Easy Cheesy Enchilada Pie, you might also want to try Mouthwatering Mexican Lasagna, Delightful Enchiladas Suiza, and Pinto Beans Enchilada Stack!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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