Let’s face it, life is busy, there is always something going on, something to do or somewhere to be, but no matter how busy it gets, you still have to eat. I do love to eat, and I like to cook. When I have time, problem is I don’t always have time, so when I do I like to cook something healthy that will last at least a few days. This time of year is perfect to cook big pots of soup or stew; you can have it for dinner one night and then keep the rest for leftovers when you don’t have time to make something. The thing I really love about both of these meals is the taste; even better reheated. The longer they cook, the more flavor they have, you don’t get that with most foods. I had some free time this afternoon so I decided to make some Pasta Fagioli. This is one of my favorite soups because besides tasting so good it is so filling and satisfying. So now I have a full meal all in one pot and it’s ready to go whenever someone is hungry, so as everyone comes and goes the is a nice hot meal when they are ready to eat ,perfect for today’s busy families.
Here is what you will need to make some for your self
1-2 cups vegetable stock
Cannelloni beans two 15 oz cans
1can tomato sauce 290z
8oz pasta shells or any small pasta
2tbs chopped onion
1 ts minced garlic
2 ts/tbs Italian seasoning depending on your taste
Dash of chipotle powder (adds a nice smoky flavor)
Drop of olive oil
Start by boiling water and stock, for your pasta (follow package directions but you may want to decrease time by 2 or 3 min so pasta doesn’t over cook)
Next in a large sauce pan sauté onion and garlic in that drop of olive oil (I like to use as little oil as possible) about 5 min then add in both cans of cannelloni beans let simmer on low .
Add in your pasta when your water starts to boil, a few minutes before the pasta is completely tender add in your tomato sauce, you will not be draining your pasta. Now and in your beans and seasoning, let simmer for at least 30 min, then it’s ready to serve.