Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Pasta and Beans

Despite New Year's resolutions, it's cold outside and my body is craving lots of carbs to keep it warm for the winter. This stew-like version of pasta e fagioli fills that need while sneaking plenty of veggies into the mix. Use whole grain pasta instead of regular and you'll still respect yourself in the morning.

Pasta e Fagioli
Recipe courtesy of Everyday Food

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 celery stalks, diced medium
2 carrots, diced medium
1 small red onion, diced medium
2 garlic cloves, minced
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 sprig oregano
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 Parmesan rind (optional), plus 1/4 cup shaved Parmesan for serving
1 cup small pasta, such as ditalini
1 can (15.5 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

In a medium heavy pot, heat oil over medium. Add celery, carrots, onion, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, 9 minutes. Add oregano, tomatoes, broth, and Parmesan rind (if using). Increase heat to high and simmer rapidly until liquid thickens slightly, 5 minutes. Add pasta and cook, partially covered, until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Add beans and cook until warmed through, about 3 minutes. To serve, remove rind and sprinkle with shaved Parmesan. Serves 4.


  1. I also crave carbs those days and the pasta looks beautiful:) Have a yummy Tuesday, darling

  2. Looks like a warm, hearty meal! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. this look delicious! I'm going to have to try this:)


  5. Oh yum! That looks like the best sort of comfort food during cold days :) I think I'll have to make some this week! :)

  6. Yes yes!!! We make this often! It is delish and makes a boatload!! My husband once forgot to put the leftovers away and I woke up to an almost full pot of it on the stove the next morning. :( So sad.

  7. this looks so yummy - i will have to try it! definately craving comfort food, which is just such bad timing!

  8. i haven't made this in forever!
    thanks for the reminder.

  9. My lil' man looooooves beans, so I think this would be a winner with him!

  10. this looks delicious! i am going to have to try this recipe asap! thanks for sharing.

  11. ooo this looks even better than the actual pic in the magazine! yummy :)

  12. i like the idea of it being a stew instead. yum

  13. Yum... I love this type of pasta!

  14. i'm the same way! despite my new years health kick, and can't go without carbs completely in winter. that's too cruel!

    xo Alison

  15. It looks veryy yummy!! =)

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  16. Yummy! This sounds like perfect comfort food.

  17. Great recipe! I just made a big pot of chili yesterday ahh comfort foods! YUM!

  18. Oh my goodness! Yes please! I'm going to have to try this out- it sounds amazing.



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