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Friday, January 6, 2012

Fake Ginger's Pasta Fagioli

This is the perfect for cold winter  nights served with crisp garlic bread, and a green salad.  It comes from Fake Ginger's blog.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled & chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage (casings removed if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 -2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 – 4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1 cup ditalini (or other small pasta)
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving
Heat olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium high heat. Add the diced onion and cook until it just begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add celery and carrots; cook, stirring frequently, for another 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.Add the sausage to the pot, crumbling as it cooks. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink. Stir in Italian seasoning and red pepper. Stir in tomatoes and stock Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.Stir in the beans and ditalini. (Add an extra cup of stock or water at this point if it’s boiled down too much.) Simmer for 6- 8 minutes or until pasta is tender.Serve piping hot with Parmesan cheese.  

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  1. I love pasta fagioli. It's probably in my top 3 favorite soups. The Northeast winters can chill you to the bone and there's nothing better to warm you up!

    Newly following from Foodie Friday. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    (Mrs B)

  2. Patsy, I just copied down this recipe, too, as it REALLY appeals to me on this cold Jan. day!
    Please explain why you call it "Fake Ginger's Pasta Fagioli"??? Inquiring minds want to know! LOL

  3. Hi Rettabug...thank you so much for stopping by. I found this recipe on Pinterest, and it was from a lady who called herself fake ginger....I thought it might be related to hair color....but only her hairdresser knows for sure! I thought it was catchy and cute. :)

    Come back to visit again!