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Pasta e Fagioli

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#Nonna would be proud :-) #PastaFazool #PastaFagioli

Pasta Fazool
Pasta e Fagioli
by James Belardo

“Hey YOU! Pasta Fazool!” The Brooklyn accent mixed with the distinct dialects of Calabria and Sicily made ‘Pasta Fagioli’ sound like ‘Pasta Fazool.’ The word for ‘beans’ in Italian is Fagioli, pronounced fasúl ([faˈsuːl]) in Neapolitan, and [faˈsuːlu] in Sicilian. “Pastafazoola or simply Pasta Fazool. This soup is one of the classic Italian soups. Built upon the bedrock of a basic soup, the soffritto which is comprised of garlic, onions. carrots and celery sautéed in olive oil. 

Some families make theirs as thick as a stew while others more like a soup, the Barese style is thick. Our recipe is similar to the recipe for Lentil Soup.

1 Onion
2 Cloves Garlic
2 Carrots
2-4 Stalks Celery
2 cans cannelini or borlotti (romano) beans
28oz can plum tomatoes or 3-4 ripe plumb tomatoes
3/4 cup white wine
2-3 cups vegetable (and/or Chicken stock (try our homemade version))
3-4 cups Water
3-4 tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 – 1 Lemon (juice)
Fresh flat leaf parsley
2 Bay leaves
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) (optional)
Salt and pepper
Grated Romano cheese
Pancetta (added for the Barese version)

Elbow, Ditalini or Orecchiette


1. Sauté Garlic, onions and pepper flakes in Olive Oil until the onions begin become translucent and the garlic shows signs of browning.
#Onions #garlic and #hotPepper flakes cooked in olive oil for the #PastaFazool #PastaFagioli
2. Add the celery and carrots and let cook for 5-10 minutes before adding the wine
W/onions get translucent, add #carrots & #celery to the #PastaFazool #PastaFagioli Once carrots are a bit tender, add the white #wine to the #PastaFazool #PastaFagioli
3. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes before adding the tomatoes
Then we add the #tomatoes to the #PastaFazool #PastaFagioli
4. Once the tomatoes soften, add the bay leaves and beans (drained)
Then bay leaves and Romano #beans to the #PastaFazool #PastaFagioli  @AuroraImporting
5. As the soup base simmers for 5-10 minutes, and the beans have cooked for at least 5 minutes
#PastaFazool #PastaFagioli just before serving the #PastaFazool #PastaFagioli
6. Add 1 cup of vegetable (and/or chicken ) stock and let come back to a boil.
Add 1c veg broth to the #PastaFazool #PastaFagioli  & let simmer b4 more liquid
7. Once boiling, add 1 cup water followed by another cup of stock; alternate stock and water until you added a total of 1-3 cups of stock and 3-4 cups of water. Always wait for the soup to boil before adding the single cups.
Add 1c at-a-time let come to boil until best consistency for the #PastaFazool #PastaFagioli
8. Add lemon juice, stir. Salt and pepper to taste, and let simmer for 10 minutes before adding the pre-cooked pasta. You can add fresh parsley just before serving.
Once desired thickened, I add 1c water + lemon juice - let simmer! #PastaFazool #PastaFagioli Finally some fresh cut #italian Flat-leaf #Pasley to the #PastaFazool #PastaFagioli Adding the #Ditali #Pasta to the #PastaFazool #PastaFagioli
9. Serve with fresh parsley garnish and grated Romano cheese (optional).


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Written by Zio James

February 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM

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