Friday, February 4, 2011

Pasta Fagioli

So, if you haven’t seen the news all week, you may not know that we have been living in an Ice World here in Dallas.  We got 4” of sleet/snow on Tuesday morning, another 3” of snow on top of that last night and it won’t go away until maybe tomorrow or Sunday.  Yippee!  We’re getting some MAJOR cabin fever, but at least we have some warm things to eat.  Found this recipe in Family Circle Magazine and knew I had to try it.  If you are afraid to branch out with the white beans and kale, don’t be – they don’t have a ton of flavor in this so it’s a good way to try something new.  It calls for 2 cans of beans but I’m only using 1 next time so there is more broth.

Ingredients:

-2 Tbsp olive oil

-1 onion, diced

-3 cloves garlic, chopped

-1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano

-2 cans (14.5oz each) chicken broth

-8 oz (2 cups) small pasta shells

-1 tsp Italian seasoning

-1 bunch fresh kale, tough stems discarded, cut into 1” pieces and washed

-2 cans (or just 1) small white beans, drained and rinsed

-1 Tbsp tomato paste

-1/2 tsp salt

-1/4 tsp pepper

-Grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Directions:

1.  Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onion and cook 5 minutes.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute.

2.  Stir in tomatoes, broth and 3 cups water.  Bring to a simmer over high heat.  Add pasta and Italian seasoning.  Cook, stirring, 5 minutes.

3.  Stir in kale; cook 5 minutes more.  Reduce heat to medium and stir in beans, tomato paste, salt and pepper.  Heat through.

4.  Ladle into bowls; garnish with Parmesan.

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2 comments:

Wonder Mom said...

I am in love with soup like this- and this recipe is VERY healthy, which we are "attempting" to be in the new year...

Amie Hamlin said...

Is this picture yours? If so I would like to see if I could get permission to use it. We have a pasta fagioli recipe we are making as a healthy school meal. We are printing in up and would like to include a picture. Your picture is the only one I can find that looks like ours. We don't have any budget, but would give you credit for the pic is if it yours. You can email me directly at amie@healthyschoolfood.org. This is urgent, hoping you can respond by Friday.
Thanks!
Amie

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