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Pasta e Fagioli (Bean and Pasta Soup) Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Rita Corvelli Meyers
Added: Monday, August 7, 2006

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 cup dried canellini or Great Northern beans, soaked
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, minced
1 celery stalk, minced
1 carrot, minced
1/2 lb smoked ham, diced (pancetta, proscuitto)
2 cloves garlic, minced (or to taste)
1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes, including liquid
4 cups beef stock
1 bay leaf
Fresh pepper to taste
Rind from a piece of Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup dried small pasta, such as ditalini
Minced fresh basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish if desired

Directions:
Directions:
Drain the beans and set aside.
In a large stockpot heat the oil over moderate heat until hot. Add the onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add ham and garlic cook, 1 minute. Add tomatoes, beans, beef stock, thyme, bay leaf and pepper to taste. Add Parmesan rind. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Transfer 1/2 cup of the beans to a small processor or blender and puree. Return beans to pot and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring liquid to a boil and add pasta. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 6 minutes. Garnish with basil and cheese.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
6
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This is about the best recipe I can find for Pasta e Fagioli. It is actually from David Rosengarten from the food network. Mom really likes this recipe. My father used to make Pasta e Fagioli at Patuxent Dry Cleaners at lunch time. He would go to the grocery store next store and buy the ingredients.You could smell the aroma of this dish all through the shopping center. I don't know how he made his, but to me it was THEE best Pasta e Fagioli I've ever had! Still to this day I can't duplicate it. Good job, Dad!! You've got me stumped!!!

 

 

 

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