"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Pasta Fagioli a.k.a Pasta Fazool!: Foodie Friday

Pasta fagioli pasta fazool
Pasta Fagioli

"When the stars make you drool, just-a like pasta fazool,...that's amore." Dean Martin: That's Amore
When I was a kid a favorite way to ruffle my grandmother's feathers was to keep saying, "Pasta Fazool." You see she didn't hear so well and, "Pasta Fazool" sounds a little like you are saying the "F" word in Italian. She would cross herself and tell my cousins and I that were going to go to devil if we didn't stop cursing. Which is really ironic, because implied by my mother, the reason I was never taught Italian was to save me from my grandmother's foul mouth. 

Needless to say if you ever ate Pasta Fazool you would not curse it... This dish is a classic versatile peasant meal that everyone in your family will enjoy. It is traditionally made with ditalini pasta but I've always used orecchiette because my kids like the way this pasta sits on the beans like a hat.

My grandmother always made her Fazool vegetarian and served it on Friday nights when you couldn't eat meat, before Vatican II. I like throwing some pancetta, bacon, or left over ham into it, this really heighten's the sauces flavor. 

Enjoy,
Diane
ingredients Pasta Fazool
ingredients Pasta Fazool

Pasta Fagioli (a.k.a Pasta Fazool)
by Diane Balch
Simplelivingeating.com

Preparation: 20 minutes                                      Serves: 6 - 8

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces pancetta chopped small (or bacon, ham)
1  medium onion minced
1 clove garlic minced
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning Mix
2 tablespoons tomato paste
64 ounces of Chicken broth (or beef, vegetable broth)
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of dried orecchiette pasta (or other small pasta)
2 15.5 ounce cans of small red beans (pinto, borlotti, etc.)
1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped (or escarole, spinach)
Garnish: grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

1) On medium high, heat oil in a large sauce pan. Cook the pancetta. When it is almost brown add the onions, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Cook until onions wilt. Do not brown the garlic.

2) Add the tomato paste, chicken broth salt and pepper. Blend and bring to a boil.

3) Add the pasta and cook it half the time the package says if you are going to let the soup sit for an hour or more. If not cook it the full time.

4) Turn the heat off and add the beans and parsley. It is best to let the soup sit. Check the salt and pepper before serving.  Garnish with parmesan cheese.
pasta fagiolipasta fazoolItalian recipe,pastabeans  http://verygoodrecipes.com/italia 




Foodie Friday Features:


From: Eastern Aroma

Indian Stuffed Pastry
These vegetarian treats are stuffed with potatoes, peas, cauliflower and the most aromatic spices. 



From: Baking with Blondie

Southwest Chicken Corn Chowder
Corn chowder with a few Soutwest surprises... great twist on this wintertime favorite. 




From: Farm Flavor

Spinach Sundried Tomato Mac n Cheese
Spinach and sun-dried tomatoes bring added flavor and dimension to mac n cheese, along with making it a complete meal.  


NOTE TO PARTY PARTICIPATES: 

 I apologize now if I don't get to respond to your comments. 

I will be celebrating my husband's 50th birthday... a very fun weekend is planned. (Shh... it is all Top Secret!) 

Instructions for Foodie Friday linky:

This is a food party please only link up food related posts. Thank you. 

Click on at least 3 other recipes.

SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG BY EMAIL OR RSS... 

or FRIEND ME ON FACEBOOK

SPREAD THE WORD: PIN, FB, TWEET ETC... this party. It is good for you and me.


1) Copy the Foodie Friday Button's html from this website's sidebar.
2) Paste this html to the html page of the recipe you want to link to Foodie Friday. You can also make a word link or post our button on your sidebar.                                                                 Please link back.
3) Copy the link to the recipes you want to add to Foodie Friday, not your homepage. You can post up to 3 recipes that you have not shared before.
4) Click on "your next" on this page.
5) Past your link and type in the name of the recipe, not your name.
6) Choose how you want to download the photo.





33 comments:

  1. I love Pasta Fagioli! We always ate it growing up and it looked very similar to your dish. Yum! I need to make this for my family.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kids really like it... thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  2. My husband loves Pasta Fagioli and asked for it just the other day. Yours sounds delicious and I must make it soon.

    Thanks for hosting each week. We must both be in a soup mood because I brought split pea soup and some secrets to making good soup. Have a great weekend.
    Sam

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So glad you brought your split pea soup, I was looking at it on your blog the other day, wonderful.

      Delete
  3. Yum! I love Pasta Fagioli! Pinned ;) Thanks for the party, Diane. Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Is it the name? Pasta Fagioli just sounds like fun.

      Delete
  4. Hi, this week I have shared my healthy 1 ingredient sweetener that can be added to any recipe and 15 quick and easy green smoothie recipes to kick off your healthy eating at the start of this year:

    http://www.greenthickies.com/date-paste-recipe
    http://www.greenthickies.com/recipes/green-smoothie-recipes/

    Many thanks for hosting

    ReplyDelete
  5. Cute-the pasta sits on the bean like a hat!!! I love this soup, it's filling and hearty. I love pancetta, don't use it enough!!! I like ditalini pasta, but my kids would like something "meatier". I have to try this! Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The kids really get a kick out the bean in hat thing, enjoy.

      Delete
  6. Feel like grabbing that bowl, yummy pasta recipe! Thank you for hosting. Have a great day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do too, but it is a little early in the morning. Hope you get a chance to try the recipe. thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  7. Hi Diane, Thank you for featuring my recipe on foodie Fridy. Btw, I loved your Pasta Fazool post, thanks for sharing a little Secret between you and your granny. I just love how these simple family traditions and humor just stays on. It gives me my food for thought for the day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are very welcome Nilanjana... yes I love food and family stories being connected.

      Delete
  8. Happy Friday Diane. Thanks as always for hosting such a fun party!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Happy Friday! I love that soup and yours looks delicious! Have a great weekend, Deb

    ReplyDelete
  10. Oh my gosh, I love this story!
    Have fun celebrating and thank you for hosting, Diane.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Diane,
    What wonderful memories about your Grandmother and your Pasta Fazool looks delicious.
    Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thank you for hosting Diane! I shared my Better than Nutella recipe and video today! I hope you and your husband have a wonderful weekend of celebrating! :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Happy 50th birthday to your husband, Diane! I hope you all have fun. I loved the story about your Grandma, and her recipe sounds delicious. I've shared a Banana Gingerbread Quick Bread that is easy and delicious. Thank you for hosting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Had a wonderful time crosscountry skiing with my husband... came back to a kid with 102 fever, of course.

      Delete
  14. Hi Diane!
    Thank you so much for hosting your wonderful foodie party again. I enjoy linking up each week! I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

    Julie

    ReplyDelete
  15. Happy New Year Diane! And congrats on your stroganoff feature - having also featured that on my blog when you posted it, I can see why it is a HUGE home run! Just looks so amazing!! Thank you so much for hosting Foodie Friday. I brought a Lil' dessert. :) Linked up and linked back.
    Have a great weekend,
    Claire

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. PS: Here was the link from your 11/12 feature - I thought I commented on your post at that time but I see I did not… so sorry!! It was my first "Best Of…" in the series. Anyway - you were featured!! :) http://alittleclaireification.com/2012/11/12/30-days-of-thankfulness-day-12-best-of-the-weekend-1/

      Delete
  16. Thanks so much Diane for another party
    I hope you're having a good weekend

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Winnie,
      Went cross country skiing with my husband in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York State. Really beautiful and romantic at the inn.

      Delete
  17. Yum! Hubby always orders pasta fagioli when we go to Olive Garden. I love the orecchiette substitution. I linked up my Very Vanilla Pudding Cookies, would love for you to come link up at my Pin It Thursday party http://www.sweetbellaroos.com/2013/01/17/pin-it-thursday-18/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My pleasure... hope your husband enjoys a home cooked pasta fagioli.

      Delete
  18. Hi Diane,
    I just love this Pasta dish, it looks delicious. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    ReplyDelete
  19. Perfect for the cold days we are having in the Northeast. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!



    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. This looks like comfort food all the way! yum! Thanks for sharing at Foodtastic Friday!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What's really great about it.. is that it's healthy comfort food.

      Delete
  21. Ahh pasta fagioli.... this makes me think of my grandma. :) Can't wait to try this version. I have never made hers so I'll have to ask her for her recipe to compare.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you enjoy it. It makes me think of my grandmother's too.

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...