I missed E on the A to Z challenge. I got hit with a stomach bug and couldn’t manage anything more than channel surfing on the couch.
I’m going to cheat a little and sneak in the e here with the f. The first thing I was able to eat was scrambled eggs. Made by mom. You’re never too old to ask mom to come take care of you when you’re sick! And no matter what, mom’s scrambled eggs always taste better than mine.
So now I’m on the mend and I’m moving on to F.
Fagioli is Italian for beans.
Pasta e Fagioli is, simply, pasta and beans. It’s one of those amazingly simple Italian dishes that is really one of those poor man’s meals. I mean, it’s pasta and beans. Cheap ingredients. But those are the kind of meals that are the best.
Simple ingredients will always make the most delicious dinners.
There are two ways of making it. One’s in a red sauce and one’s in a garlicky white sauce. My family is partial to the red, so that’s what this recipe is for.
I’ve made it a couple times and have tweaked the recipe every time. But this time, I got it.
My fiance and my dad both told me to continue to make it this way. There are some times when you just don’t argue with the men in your life.
You will need:
- 1 15 oz can whole peeled plum tomatoes
- 1 can of cannellini beans
- 1 small white onion, chopped
- 3 stalks of celery, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2/3 cup tomato puree
- 1-2 cups of water (depending on how thick you want it)
- 2 cups elbow macaroni (or any other short pasta)
- olive oil
In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, drizzle some olive oil and toss in the onions. Turn to medium heat.
When the onions are translucent, add the celery and the garlic. (My garlic is green. I know. As a time saver, we crush a bunch of garlic cloves and put the crushed cloves in a container with some olive oil and store it in the fridge. This is a meme trick. If the garlic is young, it will react with the olive oil and turn green. It’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just the color of the stuff that turned the turtles into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.)
Let the celery soften, then add the can of tomatoes.
And the tomato puree and 1 cup of water. Season with salt and pepper and let the mix simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
Turn the burner off and, using an immersion blender (or a blender or food processor) blend the mix.
If, at this point, the mix is too thick for your taste, add in more water.
Turn the heat back to medium and add the rinsed and drained cannellini beans.
and your pasta and give a big stir.
Let this simmer for about ten minutes, until your pasta is cooked. You can let it go for longer on low. At this point, you can also pop it in the fridge for dinner another night.
Dish up a big bowl, add a piece of crusty bread and mangia!