Monday, April 28, 2008

soup's on!

after a spell of beautiful, warm and sunny spring weather, yesterday our weather turned, today it's cool and rainy. the forecasters have even mentioned the 's' word - but I doubt that we'll get any snow. anyhow, it's perfect weather to cook a big pot of pasta e fagioli. months ago I promised len that I'd share my recipe for the mouse's version of this dish when he mentioned that it was one of his favorite dishes.

this is no means a dish only suitable for cold weather. in fact, the first time I had this dish was years ago at a big summer potluck in seattle. a friend made a pot of this stewy soup, and shared his mother's version of this traditional italian favorite. unfortunately, I never got jamie's mother's recipe. pasta fagioli started out as an italian peasant dish it is now found around the world. it's a dish that welcomes being played with and being adapting to what's on hand and one's particular tastes (evidenced by my use of cilantro instead of flat parsley). I find anytim I need a bit of comfort this soup does the trick!

pasta e fagioli mouse style

in a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and add a bit of diced pancetta or bacon (omit if you don’t eat pork), once the meat starts to sizzle add one bunch of thinly sliced scallions, 3 diced carrots and 3 diced potatoes. stir in ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon sweet hungarian paprika, ½ teaspoon smoked spanish paprika and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. stir to coat the vegetables. Add 1 cup diced tomatoes (canned or fresh), 3 cloves of minced garlic, and 6 cups broth (chicken or vegetable). Bring to a boil, reduce heat add one can cannellini beans (white kidney beans) and cover partially and cook until carrots and potatoes are tender (approximately 15 minutes). once veggies are tender add another cup of broth or water bring back to a boil; stir in 2-3 cups of small pasta (I like ditalini) cook until pasta is done (refer to cooking time on box). Stir in ½ - ¾ cup freshly grated pecorio romano cheese and 3 tablespoons minced cilantro.

buon appetito!

soup by blind melon


Dumdad said...

Miam miam!

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

What a great recipe. Thank you! Our weather has been rotten today. I love food pictures.

Bobby D. said...

thanx for the soup!

re: the pic -- see the posts at

he wanted to see how many blogs the pic could get on--

i do love a good soup recipe--and soup is good on a cool summer night--after a trip to the farmer's market.

the word verification appeared to be ltvvedtl
but apparently not maybe the v's were a w or the d was a cl.

marxsny said...

It's raining and dreary here today as well. The soup looks delicious I can almost imagine the aroma, plus it looks great in the red Le Creuset pot ;-)

Unknown said...

Thanks, Kim. I appreciate it. It looks fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe! It's going on our list.

Veggie planting happened over here this Sunday, and I think we have about 5 or 6 tomato plants, so we'll be sure to share the bounty when it arrives.

Thanks for the place suggestions, too - both good! I have driven past Dunham Tavern museum so many times on Chester, and never thought to look there!

Barbara said...

This should get us psyched for a trip to Italy! Looks delicious, nutritious, and affordable.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

buon appetito! the beauty of this dish is the proportions and thick/thiness can be adjusted so easily and according to personal preferences.

len - as a connoisseur of pasta fagioli, if you make the mouse's version you'll have to tell me how it holds up to other recipes!

mark - wish you could share a bowl with - ah, my pot is a 'knock off' not a le creuset - not only is it a knock off, I got it years ago in a thrift store for a buck or two! what a deal!

randeep - I look forward to being on the receiving end of some tomatoes! I'll be putting in the usual basil crop and my typical container garden with a peppers and maybe some eggplant this year. but I'm waiting till after the threat of frost has passed.

barbara - I look forward to your travelogue for italy - so enjoyed the armchair vacation when you were recently in germany!

WAT said...

Pasta Fagioli looks fab! YUM!

Um, yeah I'll get to that Salvi Bean/beef stew recipe before 2010 I hope.