Saturday, February 20, 2010

Alphabet Pasta Fagioli

Remember Campbell's Alphabet Soup? I loved eating it as a child. It was always a delicious treat. I don't know one child today who doesn't adore it. Did you ever consider making it from scratch? Pasta Fagioli is not quite a soup but has soup like qualities and makes a fabulous meal. Try making this scrumptious Italian classic with Alphabet pasta. Your children will love it. This dish is ten times healthier than the canned soup and is packed with nutrients and robust flavor.


4 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 16-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, drained, chopped
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano,
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans drained
Salt and pepper
8 ounces alphabet Pasta cooked
Grated Parmesan


Heat 3 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat.
Add garlic and sauté until brown
Stir in tomatoes and cook 6 minutes
Add parsley, basil and oregano and simmer until tomatoes soften, stirring occasionally and breaking up tomatoes with spoon. Add beans and cook until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Place pasta in bowl. Toss with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Pour sauce over and toss thoroughly. Sprinkle Parmesan on top.

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