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Pasta e Fagioli

Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups soup and 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese)
Almost any bean (such as pinto or garbanzo) works in this traditional Italian soup.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 9 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3/4 cup uncooked medium elbow macaroni (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 339
  • caloriesfromfat 15 %
  • fat 5.5 g
  • satfat 2.2 g
  • monofat 2.1 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 19.8 g
  • carbohydrate 54.6 g
  • fiber 8.7 g
  • cholesterol 7 mg
  • iron 5.4 mg
  • sodium 626 mg
  • calcium 261 mg

How to Make It

  1. Sort and wash beans, and place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove beans from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain beans in a colander.

  2. Heat oil in pan over medium heat until hot. Add onion, carrot, and celery, and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add 2 garlic cloves; cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans, 9 cups water, red pepper, and bay leaf, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour and 50 minutes. Add salt, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and 2 garlic cloves; cover and simmer 25 minutes or until beans are tender. Discard bay leaf.

  3. Place 2 cups bean mixture in a food processor; process until smooth. Return bean purée to pan, and stir well. Add pasta; cook 7 minutes or until pasta is done. Remove from heat; stir in parsley and black pepper. Ladle soup into bowls, and sprinkle with cheese.