Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pasta e Fagiole

This New Year has once again begun with a resolution to get fit and lose weight. It's never easy, especially when you love food as much as I do, and part of your culinary education involves tasting and eating food. I cannot control every meal I have each day because many days I eat at school, whatever they feed me. I'm trying to eat healthier on my own time, which means I need to find ways to eat healthy and stay satisfied. Soup is one of those great things that has the ability (especially in the winter) to do just that. Here is a healthy recipe for a soup I whipped up today. I plan on eating it all week (or as long as it lasts).

Pasta e Fagiole
Serves 6

8 oz dried navy beans, soaked in cold water overnight
8 cups chicken broth or stock
1 T. olive oil
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1 carrot, finely diced
1/2 a medium onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 tsp dried thyme
3/4 cup elbow macaroni
Pan spray
Grated Parmesan (optional)

Heat up olive oil in a pot over medium-high heat, then add celery, carrot, onion, garlic, salt, and red pepper flakes. Saute and then lower heat to sweat the vegetables, about 10 minutes, until softened. Drain and then rinse the beans and set aside. When the vegetables have softened, add the broth, canned tomatoes (juice and all), herbs, and beans. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours or until the beans are tender but not complete mush. Remove from heat, puree 4 cups of soup in a blender and then return to the pot. This will give the soup a slightly thicker consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Meanwhile, cook elbow macaroni in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain, spray with a little pan spray and toss. This will prevent the macaroni from sticking as it sits.

To serve, ladle hot soup into a bowl and add a few spoonfuls of reserved macaroni. Garnish with grated Parmesan if you like.

1 comment :

Jessie said...

I love pasta e fagiole, it is one of my favorite italian soups

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