Archive for November, 2009

Italian Pasta and Bean Soup (Pasta E Fagioli)

November 6, 2009

soupI love Pasta E Fagioli “Fazool”, but I haven’t tried to cook it for a long time.   There’s a good recipe in the box that I have used a couple times.  It’s been about 3 years, and it is soup season!   Since I’ve been going through a lot of Cooks Illustrated, I’d decided to give their recipe a try.   I was intrigued by the use of anchovies.   The results were excellent as usual, and it has probably replaced my old recipe for pasta e fagioli. 

The recipe stresses serving it right away since in later days, the pasta absorbs the liquid and leaves little broth.   I did enjoy it as leftovers though.    The soup can be made in 2 stages.   Once the beans are simmered with the tomatoes, before the broth and water are added, the mixture can be cooled and refrigerated for up to 3 days.     When ready to complete the soup, discard the Parmesan rind (otherwise it will become stringy), add the liquid, bring the soup to a boil and proceed with the recipe.