And here is # 5 on Autumn's favorite Mama foods list...the Pasta Fagioli!!! Pasta and beans (does that count as a vegetable??). Kimmy made a great pot of pasta fagioli (in a nice pot, well, maybe not quite as nice as the one I own now - see last night's blog). She would always serve it with a good bread and a nice salad. See last night's blog for thoughts on good bread. But, any bread will do - even sour dough! And, like the ebb and flow of the tide...I'm on a cooking roll! High tide, baby!!
Here's how she did it:
Get out your nice pot and put in 12 cups of chicken broth. Put on the heat and get it boiling. Add in 3 cups of cannellini beans. 3 cloves of minced garlic. 1 small onion, diced. 1 cup of shredded carrot. 1 cup of finely chopped celerly. 1 can (14 oz) Italian tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes.
Take about half of this soup and blend in a blender - or use a food processor, to grind up and place it back into your nice pot.
Add a quarter lb of pancetta - Kimmy used to ask for this sliced thick at the deli and then cut it up into cubes. Add in 8 oz of ditalini, pastina or orza, bring back to a boil and cook for 8 minutes or so, leaving pasta al dente.
Serve with grated parm!
If you have leftovers, the pasta will absorb the broth - just add more tomorrow, reheat and it is EVEN better the second day as all of those wonderfull ingredients absorb!! Could you add oregano? YES! I always add oregano - to taste. And pepper.
It was another busy day here...Hadley had a 'Recycle Party' with Mitch and invited Aut, Tonio, Lexy and Breanna...Mario and I avoided the festivites...but, the kids reported they had a fantastic time, made a lot of cool crafts, t-shirts, ate turkey and veggie dogs (how nice), cupcakes, etc. Betsey did a fantastic job entertaining these guys this afternoon and I've requested postable photos...met with Kimmy's Foundation today - thank you for all of your help!! Her foundation is growing and will begin to help families here in Tucson!!
Cody and I ended our night watching 'The Tourist'...very entertaining!
Make the pasta fagioli...enjoy...and let me know your thoughts!
Grazia and bouna sera....
"I'm not all me, so please excuse me while I tend to how I feel..."
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