Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pasta e Fagioli soup

One of my readers, Karen Sue, requested the recipe for this soup.  Its a knock off of a similar soup found in a certain restaurant that serves soup, salad and breadsticks.  My kids have loved it forever and a few years ago, I decided I'd rather make my own.  This is what I've come up with.  Its been adjusted several times over the years, but is pretty easy.  It ends up being like an Italian chili with pasta.  Mine is pretty thick, but you could certainly thin it out. 

Past e Fagioli

1 lb ground beef
2 carrots grated
1 small onion chopped
3-6 cloves garlic
4 cups swiss chard (this will melt down to about 1 cup of cooked chard)
1 qt pasta sauce (use anything you like)
1 qt tomatoes
1 t oregano
1 t basil
1/4 t hot pepper flakes
1 can kidney beans
1 can cannelini beans
2 cups beef stock
pasta of your choice

Brown beef and veggies in large stockpot.  Add remaining ingredients and salt and pepper to taste.  Let simmer for 2- 3 hours.  Serve with pasta.

I always keep the pasta and soup separate until serving.  This will allow the pasta to retain its shape and not get soft if the soup is not all eaten at once.  I also will can this up without the pasta.  To do so you need to thin out the soup, so that it is less chili- like in consistency.  Pour into prepared jars and process at 11 lbs pressure for 75 minutes for pints and 90 minutes for quarts in the pressure canner.  If I'm making a large batch for canning, I also don't let it simmer for 2 hours since it will cook so much in the pressure canner.

This post is part of Whole Foods for the Holidays.  Hop on over to Gnowfglins to check out what others are cooking up.


kitsapFG said...

That looks heavenly. Definitely snagging this recipe so I can give it a try.

Karen Sue said...

oooohhhh!!!Thanks so much! I like to soup in this weather..and I get a bit bored sometimes of my few favorites..how many times can you eat Chicken Wing Soup?? Well, it's good but...
I'll be grabbing ingredients for this one real soon!
Thanks again
Karen Sue

The Mom said...

I hope you both like it as much as we do.

Thomas said...

This looks absolutely delicious! It's getting really cold here and I could sure use a bowl of this right now!

I really enjoy to see what other bloggers are cooking this time of year.

The Mom said...

Thomas, it is getting cold. I love soup and get great ideas from other bloggers as well.

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

Saw your comment on The Greenest Dollar about your neighbor's trash + had to pop over to say that I experience the same thing. I caught mine throwing their trash into another neighbor's bin on trash day because theirs was too full. Our city provides each house with one 96 gal bin + as of Nov. 3 we are challenging ourselves to not having to take it to the curb for 3 months, we are now at every 2 months. This is for ourselves, but also an attempt to counteract our neighbor's waste.