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Pasta Fagioli that is bound to be a hit

Pasta Fagioli Recipe

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Welcome to our hearty and comforting recipes section! Today, we’re sharing a delicious and filling recipe for Pasta Fagioli, a classic Italian soup that’s sure to be a hit. Packed with ground beef, vegetables, beans, and pasta, this dish is perfect for a family dinner or a cozy meal. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (16 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 (10 ounce) cans beef stock
  • 3 tsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp. pepper
  • 5 tsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp. Tabasco sauce (optional)
  • 1 (20 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 8 ounces pasta (such as ditalini or small shells)

Instructions:

Step 1: Cook the Ground Beef

  1. Brown the Beef: In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned. Drain any excess fat.

Step 2: Sauté the Vegetables

  1. Add Vegetables: Add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery to the pot with the browned beef. Sauté for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

Step 3: Add the Remaining Ingredients

  1. Add Tomatoes and Beans: Stir in the undrained diced tomatoes, red kidney beans, and white kidney beans.
  2. Add Broth and Seasonings: Pour in the beef stock, then add the oregano, pepper, parsley, and Tabasco sauce (if using). Stir well.
  3. Add Spaghetti Sauce: Stir in the jar of spaghetti sauce.

Step 4: Simmer the Soup

  1. Simmer: Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30-45 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

Step 5: Cook the Pasta

  1. Cook Pasta Separately: While the soup is simmering, cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Step 6: Combine Pasta and Soup

  1. Add Pasta to Soup: Just before serving, stir the cooked pasta into the soup. This helps to prevent the pasta from becoming too soft or mushy.

Step 7: Serve

  1. Serve and Enjoy: Ladle the Pasta Fagioli into bowls and serve hot. Enjoy your hearty and comforting meal!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Ground Beef: For a leaner option, use ground turkey or chicken.
  • Vegetables: Feel free to add or substitute other vegetables such as zucchini or spinach.
  • Pasta: Cook the pasta separately and add it just before serving to prevent it from absorbing too much liquid and becoming mushy.
  • Spiciness: Adjust the amount of Tabasco sauce to suit your preferred level of spiciness.

Variations

Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli

Omit the ground beef and add extra beans or lentils for protein. Use vegetable broth instead of beef stock.

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Sausage Pasta Fagioli

Replace the ground beef with Italian sausage for a different flavor profile.

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Chicken Pasta Fagioli

Use cooked, shredded chicken instead of ground beef and chicken broth instead of beef stock.

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White Bean Pasta Fagioli

Use only white kidney beans (cannellini beans) and add 1 cup of cooked, shredded chicken for a lighter version.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this soup ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the soup a day in advance. Store it in the refrigerator and reheat it on the stove. Add the cooked pasta just before serving.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

Can I freeze this soup?

Yes, you can freeze Pasta Fagioli. Freeze the soup without the pasta, and add freshly cooked pasta when you reheat it. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

What can I serve with this soup?

Serve Pasta Fagioli with a side of crusty bread, garlic bread, or a simple green salad.

How can I make the soup healthier?

Use lean ground meat, add more vegetables, and use whole wheat pasta to make the soup healthier.

Pasta Fagioli is a hearty and comforting dish that’s perfect for any occasion. With its rich flavors and satisfying ingredients, it’s sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy making and sharing this delicious soup with your loved ones!

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