Pasta e Fagioli literally means beans and pasta in Italian. It is like a minestrone soup combined with pasta, vegetables, and herbs in a thick, rich, creamy sauce. Everything is not to love, right? Well, you can definitely think of it as a Pasta Soup, but without the cheese. This dish is perfectly made for those people who are on a diet or are health conscious.
If you are one, be prepared that this comfort food does not have many flavors and nutritional value, as you may expect from a soup. Yet, if you like pasta, this recipe will surely satisfy your taste buds. So, let us take a look at the tips to make this recipe a success.
First, you need to gather up all the ingredients. These include:
- Tomato Sauce,
- Olive Oil,
- And Fresh Herbs Like Rosemary, Thyme, Basil, Parsley, Oregano, and Marjoram.
You can use any number of beans or a mixture of beans and other ingredients to create a unique flavor. For example, if you are looking to make a black bean recipe, then you would use a combination of kidney beans and chickpeas.
Second, get out your favorite pasta machine. You should find one in a local Italian specialty store or in an Italian market or department store. Also, you may want to visit a grocery or cooking store to see the different pasta machines they have. If you cannot find one, you can also search for “pasta machine” or “flour mill” on Google. Once you have found the pasta machine you want, you will be ready to get rolling.
To begin, you will want to bring your water to a boil over medium heat. Once the water is boiling, add your pasta. Once your pasta arrives at the boiling point, stir to prevent them from sticking together. Then immediately remove them from the water and place them in your colander. This allows the excess water to drain away while letting the flavors of your homemade stew mix into your pasta.
You will next want to prepare your tomatoes and onions. You can do this part when your beans are ready, or you can wait until your onions are slightly softened so that you can add them to the pasta later. Once your onions are soft, you can then add your fresh basil leaves to your boiling water and let them steep for about five minutes before you put your pasta in your boiling water.
After this, it is time to move on to how to make ahead spaghetti sauce. To make ahead spaghetti sauce, you will simply add your chopped, fresh ingredients (minced pork, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, etc. ), garlic, rosemary, oregano, salt, pepper, and water to your pot. Stir to combine.
When your vegetables are ready, it is time to assemble your delicious pasta. Heat up your oven and bring your pot of soup to a boil. When your pasta comes out of the pot, drain it and place it in your strainer or a colander. Put the cooked pasta on top of your chopped bacon and allow it to slowly cool before slicing into individual pieces.
How to make pasta e Fagioli is as easy as pie. Just add all of your ingredients and simmer until everything is done. You can serve your meal as is (raw) or top it off with fresh spinach leaves and/or chopped tomatoes for an extra dose of flavor! If serving it with chicken broth, be sure to season it appropriately. Cook pasta separately until the desired consistency is reached.
As for the actual recipe, this dish is one of my favorites because it uses all of the different types of beans and the different seasonings that go with them. You can find this particular recipe at any Italian cookbook (where most other recipes are found); this one is written by a cookbook author who happens to be from Italy, so you know it’s good! With these tips and tricks, you too can create your own version of this delicious pasta dish. These tips and tricks include:
For seasonings, minced garlic, oregano, and chicken stock are just a few options that commonly use in this type of Italian dish. The great thing about making this dish at home is that you can experiment with various seasonings and ingredients to suit your taste buds. There are many different types of beans that you can try; choose something mild on your palate and something you enjoy. Happy cooking, and may your food be the best in town!