Pasta E Fagioli Recipe, Just Like Mom's!
Hello friends, Pasta E Fagioli today! I'm bringing it back to when my Mom and my Grandmother made it! One of my all-time favorite soups, Pasta E Fagioli or Pasta and Beans! The perfect soup on a cold winter day!
- 4 ounces of Pancetta, Lard or Bacon diced
- 1 large Onion diced
- 1 ½ cups Celery small diced
- 1 ½ cups Carrots small diced
- 1 large Leek very small diced (use only the light green and white parts)
- 2 teaspoons Garlic chopped
- 1 teaspoon Chili Flake or ½ of a Fresh Chili Pepper
- 2 tablespoons Parsley chopped
- 1 tablespoon of Thyme or Rosemary freshly chopped or use a mix of both
- 1 tablespoon of Oregano freshly chopped
- 2 cups of Tomato Sauce or Tomatoes chopped or Tomato Puree
- 10 to 12 cups Chicken Stock or Broth
- 1 x 29 ounce Cannellini or White Kidney Beans
- ½ lb of a Small Cavatelli or any Small Pasta
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a soup kettle, heat the Pancetta AT LOW HEAT until the fat has rendered. Add the onion and cook until light golden brown. Add the carrots and celery and cook for 10 minutes.
- Add the leek, garlic, chili pepper, parsley, thyme, Oregano, tomatoes, and stock, and cook for 30 minutes. Add the beans with their liquid and cook for 15 minutes.
- Remove about 3 cups of the cooked vegetables and beans with a strainer. Using an emersion blender, puree the vegetables and beans left in the pot until very smooth.
- Add the pasta, 3 cups of vegetables that was removed and cook for as long as it takes to thoroughly cook (at least 15/20 minutes). AT THIS TIME, BE CAREFUL TO STIR THE BOTTOM OF THE POT CONSTANTLY!!! OTHERWISE, THE PUREED BEANS WILL ATTACH TO THE BOTTOM OF THE POT.
- Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper AND the consistency to your liking, the Chef added another 2 cups of stock at the end.
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I watched the video and used this recipe. I started bold with 12cups of liquid and that was way too much. Next time, I’ll start with 8-10 cups then use the rest to thin out at the end. I had way too much liquid to beans/veggies. Also, didn’t feel like I had enough beans to thicken and to have at the end. I want to add another 16oz can of beans next time. I want to play around with adding the pasta already cooked. Overnight, the pasta doubled in size and was more like eating Spaghetti Ohs. It had that consistency. Overall, this is delicious tasting recipe! I used dry spices and used half the measurements for fresh as recommended by the chef and it was perfect. I will definitely try again with a few tweaks!
This is awesome. I strained out some of the beans and veggies, let cool a bit, then pureed in mini chopper, because I don’t have an emulsion chopper. Worked just fine. Wonderful:)
I love watching you cook and share your recipes. I love this pasta e fagilio….
I’m wondering how the pancetta behaves during the purée. Perhaps remove and reserve it after rendering the fat and add it back with the pasta?
I was concerned too about the Pancetta leaving a gritty texture to the puree at the end. There wasn’t any. The Pancetta is diced so small and with the slow rendering of the fat, the pieces left were small. However, I’ve been toying with the idea of using bacon or a different type of pork sausage in which case I would absolutely remove the meat and re add at the end using only the grease/drippings to cook down the onion, celery and carrots. The carrots were not all the way soft by the time I puree’d and that left more of a gritty texture than the pancetta. By the time the final cook time was complete with the adding of the pasta, the carrots were perfect. Just not at the time it calls for them to be puree’d.