Monday, February 7, 2011

Pasta e Fagioli

It looks like I was a little stingy with the soup in this picture. I wasn't. We all had seconds and we enjoyed leftovers the next day. This soup is DELICIOUS.

This recipe was very pleasing to my 5 year old. She asked for "more, please" which is always a good sign.

Pasta e Fagioli
adapted from Cooking Light

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 10 oz turkey sausage, casings removed. I cooked the whole 20 oz package and used half for this recipe and then put the other half in the freezer for a future meal.
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 16 - 24 oz homemade chicken stock, or store-bought. If 16 oz makes the soup too thick for you, add more until you get to your desired consistency.
  • 1 cup roasted tomato sauce, or your favorite brand
  • 1 cup uncooked small pasta, such as seashell, but I used orzo because that was in my pantry.
  • ½ cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 cans (15 oz) cannellini or white beans, drained

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and garlic and cook until sausage is no longer pink. Stir and break up the sausage into bite-sized pieces as you cook.

Add the water, stock and tomato sauce and bring to a boil.

Add the pasta, ¼ cup cheese, oregano, salt, pepper and beans. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about 8 minutes until the pasta is cooked.

Top with remainder of cheese to serve.

Goes well with a salad, homemade applesauce and homemade bread.

Side note: Next time I make this soup, I am going to add more stock. I used 2 cups and the orzo really soaked it up. My soup had a very thick consistency. Regardless, it was delicious, but I made a note to myself to add more stock next time.

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  1. This looks delicious! I will have to add it to my menu for next week. Yum!

  2. Yum. That looks great for the cold weather. I have never had it with meat before - nice twist!

  3. I love soups! And yes, its always a good thing when our kids actually like what we make!

  4. Oh, it's SO soup time and I have never made this one, so I willl have to keep this in the back of my mind. Thanks for sharing. :)

  5. This is one of my favorite soups - and you made it look so good and simple!

  6. One of my favorites. I hope you will link it up to Crock Pot Wednesdays.


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