Hearty Meals in a Bowl

    Hearty Meals in a Bowl – By Kirk Leins

    This doesn’t have anything to do with real estate but at this busy time of year I thought it would be helpful to post it. Getting a healthy dinner on the table can be difficult. Here are two hearty and satisfying dishes that are both easy to prepare and delicious.

    Pasta e Fagioli
    Translated to “pasta and beans,” this Italian classic is often known by Italian-Americans as “Pasta Fazool.” Pasta e Fagioli is a hearty, broth-based soup filled with chopped aromatic veggies, tomatoes, white beans and any small-shaped pasta.

    2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 celery stalk, chopped
    1 carrot, peeled and chopped
    2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
    1 14-ounce can of chopped tomatoes
    2 bay leaves
    2 teaspoons dried basil
    1 teaspoon dried thyme
    1 teaspoon dried rosemary
    4 cups chicken stock
    2 cups water
    1 Parmigiano Reggiano rind (optional)
    1 can of white cannellini beans, drained
    1/4 cup elbow pasta
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Chopped fresh basil

    Heat olive oil in a soup pot. Add onion, celery, carrot and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, bay leaves, dried herbs, chicken stock, water and cheese rind. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add beans and pasta, and continue to simmer until pasta is cooked—about another 8 minutes. Remove and discard cheese rind, and season soup with salt and pepper. Serve in bowls garnished with basil … and maybe another drizzle of olive oil.

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