Pasta e Fagioli Soup

This hearty soup recipe from the Natural Gourmet Institute will keep you warm all winter.
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Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Recipe by Chef Alexandra Borgia, Natural Gourmet Institute

  • 6 portionsServings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, small dice (about 2 cups)
  • 1 medium carrot, small dice (about 1 cup)
  • 3 stalks celery, small dice (about 1 cup)
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 28-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes (3 cups pureed)
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 15-ounce can cannellini beans
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat elbow or ditalini pasta

Preparation

1. In a two gallon pot, heat the oil over a moderate flame. Add onion, carrots and celery, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 3 more minutes.

2. Add tomato puree, stock and cannellini beans to the pot, and bring up to a simmer.

3. Add bay leaves, thyme, salt and black pepper, stirring to incorporate. Simmer 15 more minutes then add the pasta, stirring frequently so it cooks evenly. Continue to cook for 6 – 8 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Remove bay leaves.

4. Serve with optional grated Parmigiano Reggiano.

See Also: Miso Soup

Photography by Alexandra Shytsman, Natural Gourmet Institute