Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pasta e Fagioli

Even though school is back in session, we still seem to be eating dinner on summer hours. When the sun is right about here (see above), my family is sitting down to dinner. Eating late has it's advantages: kids play, fiddle and fun in the yard, relax, enjoy the sunset.

I thought I would share what we had for dinner last night. A hearty pasta recipe my husband learned while living in Italy:

Pasta e Fagioli

It is easy, all it takes is a few simple ingredients:

  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Onion
  • Basil
  • Tomatoes
  • White Beans
  • Salt and Pepper

In your blender combine: 3 T. olive oil, 2 springs of basil, 3 medium size tomatoes or 5 small tomatoes, 2 gloves of garlic, 1/2 cup onion. Blend.

Add: 1 can of great northern beans, rinsed. Salt and Pepper to taste. Blend. The beans absorb alot of the salt, so I would be generous with the salt.

Pour sauce into large stock pot and cook on medium. Reduce heat and allow sauce to simmer. Sauce will change from pinkish-orange to redish-orange. Once sauce is simmering add noodles.

When I add my noodles, I like to break them in half. Place right on top of sauce, then, take about 2 cups of water and pour into pot just covering noodles. Stir periodically on simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes ~ until water is absorbed.

Fagioli has a yummy beany flavor. My fresh tomatoes and basil make it the perfect summer dish and my kids love it too!


Jodi Nelson said...

mmmm. that looks good. ;o)

Amy said...

That looks so easy and really good. I am going to have to try that.

Camille said...

I know what you mean - we still haven't adjusted our dinner schedule either! Probably once it's too cold to play outside, we'll be eating earlier :) And this pasta looks fabulous!!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Your recipe looks delicous, I have never cooked my pasta in the sauce. I think we would love your recipe and will try it.
Such a treat having your home grown tomatoes.

Fahrenheit 350° said...

I can attest! This is sooo super tasty!

Molly Betsy @ Star Cottage said...

Woah! That looks fantastic! I will be making that next week for sure. Thanks for posting the recipe! Great pics too!

Carin said...

My DH lived in Italy too! He has some great sauce recipes, we should swap ;)
I think we always eat dinner on the summer schedule lol!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, that looks yummy Pamela -- thanks for sharing the recipe!

Liz said...

This looks amazing - and so easy. Next time I get off the island to get some groceries I am so going to get the ingredients to make this!

Little Chicks Info said...

I tried it and loved it..and was able to use tomatoes, onions & basil from my garden...Delish!

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