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Pasta Fazoole

Pasta Fazool

Pasta Fazool

In Italian its pasta e fagioli – that means “pasta and beans.” Some people call it pasta fazool. Both pronunciations are correct. In the Neapolitan dialect its pasta e fasule, often spelled pasta fazool in America.
Pasta Fazool
Ingredients:
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup trinity
  • 1 lb. beans (whatever kind you like)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Sm. can cherry tomatoes – optional
  • 1 lb. small pasta
  • 1 cup arugula or spinach – optional
Pasta Fazool
Pick through and rinse the beans.
Pasta Fazool
In a large pot, cook the trinity in oil. When the vegetables are soft, add the beans and 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer, covered for 2 hours.
Pasta Fazool
Add salt and pepper, the cherry tomatoes, 2 more cups of water, and the pasta. If necessary, add more water as the pasta cooks. When the pasta is almost done, throw in a couple of hands full of arugula or spinach. I’m using a mix of both.  When the greens whilt, it’s ready to serve.
I think it’s tastier reheated the next day. Just add some water to the pot and stir over a low flame.
A pound of beans and a pound of pasta can rally grow as they cook. You might to cut those 2 ingredients in half.

Pasta Fazool

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Shrimp and Bean Soup

Shrimp and Bean Soup

My doctor says everyone should eat more beans and greens and less red meat. I’m trying, so here’s another bean and something recipe – Shrimp and Bean Soup. This one is from Evelyn. She adapted it from an old family recipe. You can use any kind of dried beans you like. I’m using Goya’s habichuelas blancas (small white beans).

Shrimp and Bean Soup

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. beans (not canned)
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 2 cups Italian coarsely chopped trinity
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 lb. medium shrimp
To start – Pick through the beans and rinse them. Put them in a pot with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil and turn off heat. Let them sit for one hour. Or you can let them stand in 4 cups of cold water overnight.

Shrimp and Bean Soup

In the meantime – Hear some oil in a large pot. Cook the trinity until it’s soft, about 10 minutes. Add 6 cups of water, the beans, and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours or until the beans are tender.

Shrimp and Bean Soup

Shrimp and Bean Soup

Remove a cup of beans and puree them in a blender or food processor and return them to the pot to thicken the soup. Add the Worcestershire sauce. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper. If the soup is too thick, add water. Put the shrimp in the pot, stir and cook for 5 – 8 minutes until done. Serve in individual bowls with a sprinkling of olive oil.

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Sausage and Bean Stew

Sausage and Bean Stew

This is another Melissa Clark recipe. She keeps coming up with good ones. Although the ingredients are mainly Italian, this reminds me of chili.

Sausage and Bean Stew

Ingredients:
  • Olive oil for frying
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage cut into ¾ inch slices
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 & 1/2  cups Italian trinity
  • 2 diced garlic cloves
  • 1 lb. cannelloni beans rinsed
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 large rosemary sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsps. balsamic vinegar plus more for serving
  • Salt and black pepper
Place the sausage in the freezer for 20 minutes. This makes it easier to slice and hold its shape. Brown the sausage in oil in a stock pot. Remove when done and leave the oil and fat in the pot.
Add the tomato paste and cumin to the pot and cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add the trinity and garlic. Cook on medium until the vegetables have softened.Sausage and Bean Stew
Stir in the beans, 8 cups of water, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf. Bring it to a boil, lower heat and simmer until the beans are cooked – about 2 hours.
Sausage and Bean Stew
It’s easier to remove the herbs if you tie them together.
Sausage and Bean Stew
At this point remove about a cup of beans and puree them in a blender or food processor and return them to the pot to thicken the stew. Return the sausage to the pot and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, taste and adjust seasoning.
Sausage and Bean Stew

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