Monday, December 8, 2008

Another Great Recipe for Advent

Pasta e Fagioli - quick and delicious!

4 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (16-ounce size) Italian plum tomatoes, drained, chopped
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
1 can (15-ounce size) cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed, drained
Salt and pepper
8 ounces elbow macaroni, freshly cooked (we used rotini, it's just prettier!)

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat.
Add garlic and saute until brown, about 2 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes and cook 5 minutes.
Add parsley, basil and oregano and simmer until tomatoes soften, stirring occasionally and breaking up tomatoes with back of spoon, about 15 minutes.
Add beans and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Place pasta in bowl.
Toss with remaining 1 tablespoon oil.
Pour sauce over and toss thoroughly.

(on a non-fasting day, top with freshly grated parmesan cheese)

Recipe courtesy of CDKitchen


William Weedon said...

Oh, I had a friend who used to make a real yummy pot of that stuff. But he and his wife had a funny pronunciation for it. They said it like this:

Basta Bazoul.

But they spelled it the same way you did, and it was some kind of delish!

-C said...

Maybe that's the way it's supposed to be pronounced. (If so, we're butchering it terribly when we say it!) My Italian is limited pretty much to musical terms.


Mimi said...

Oooooh, yum!

Emily H. said...

No, they must just be pronouncing it wrong. "Basta" means stop in Italian.

johnny said...

its pasta bazoul somehow in america, but in italia, its pasta e(and) fagioli which is a tybe of beans here in italia, but i dont think they have them in america. i do not know if they grow there. so my pop and mom used kidney beans or whatever else kind of beans.

-C said...

Welcome, Johnny, and thanks for helping clear that language thing up. The canellini beans used in this case are big and white and sort of buttery tasting - and a bit expensive for beans!

Maybe we will try it with kidney beans, which we always have on hand. We eat this meal alot during this time of year.

Thanks for the tip!