One of the recipes that was a constant at our dinner table when I was growing up is Pasta e Fagioli or pasta and beans. You may have heard this dish called pasta fazool but my family calls it pasta e fasuor (pronounced pasta e fazuor).
You may be accustomed to seeing Pasta e Fagioli recipes as a soup but our family recipe is not a soup. It’s a hearty and satisfying meal for any time of year. We also don’t use the cannellini beans but rather great northern beans. You can substitute with cannellini beans, if you prefer.
So, where do you store your dried beans after opening the package? I store them in a re-purposed glass jelly jar.
Here are some of the other dishes I made for Palm Sunday that would be perfect for your Easter Sunday dinner. For some reason I always forget to serve at least one thing and this time it was the brownies.
Prosciutto Bread (a.k.a. Lard Bread)
Pizza Rustica (a.k.a. Pizza Chiena)
Roasted PeppersPrimi Piatti:
Pasta e Fagioli
Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana
Gravy Meat (stew meat, braciole, meatballs and sweet Italian sausages)
Contorni (Side Dishes):
Oven Roasted Broccoli
Brownies (Ghirardelli box mix)
Pasta e Fagioli
Yield: 4 servings Cook Time: 90 minutes
- 1/2 lb dried great northern beans (about 1 mug or 1 1/2 cups); alternative, 2 15 ounce cans great northern beans, rinsed
- 3 to 4 cups water
- 3 to 5 cloves of garlic
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 pound dry pasta, a small pasta like Ditalini, Mezzo Ditali or Tubettini, prepared
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups meatless gravy (a.k.a. marinara) or meat gravy
- grated cheese for sprinkling
Step 1: Soak all beans in 3 – 4 cups water and 1 teaspoon baking soda overnight in a sauce pot; then drain and rinse well (rinse at least 3 times).
Step 2: Replace 3 – 4 cups water and add 2 teaspoons salt. Bring beans to a boil and then lower heat to simmer. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Add peeled garlic cloves after piercing with toothpicks (so they float and are easier to pick out). Cook until beans are tender. Remove garlic cloves before they start to fall apart. Set aside.
Step 3: Prepare pasta as per package directions and drain. Add pasta and gravy to beans and return to heat on low. Stir frequently and heat a few minutes until heated through. Serve
Tips: Keeps refrigerated for a few days.
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