Monday, October 27, 2008

Pasta e Fagiole and Pesto-Mozzarella Grilled Cheese

If you want to make a hearty soup that's loaded with protein and flavor, pasta e fagiole is the soup for you. Eat this with Tyler Florence's Italian inspired grilled cheese and you will never look at the soup and sandwich combo the same again.

Pasta e Fagiole:
1 quart chicken stock
2 lbs ground turkey or beef
1 egg
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 onions
1/3 cup fresh parsley
1/3 cup bread crumbs
6 garlic cloves
1 can butter beans
1 can red kidney beans
1 can canelli beans
1 sprig rosemary
1 can tomato paste
1 can tomato sauce
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
1 pinch dry oregano
1 Parmesan rind- optional (if you save these this would be a good time to use it)
2 cups egg noodles or any short pasta you like like elbow
3 tbsp. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

First take your ground beef or ground turkey and mix with the shredded Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, rosemary, eggs, salt and pepper and fold all ingredients together well. Saute the ground beef until fully cooked through and set aside in a bowl.

In the same pan (to make sure you get all the yummy goodness that's left behind in the pan) add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery and allow to cook until cooked through but not mushy. Next transfer this and the ground turkey to a soup pot. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste and incorporate well. let it simmer and add the chicken stock, Parmesan rind, dried oregano and egg noodles. Add the egg noodles and then add the beans. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes on med. heat. Once the soup has reached the thickness and consistency you want, turn off the heat and serve. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.


beyssa said...

Girl, this looks so good I want it now. Lately (this last week I've been in such a cooking rut I have done drive thru Pollo Tropical 3xs because I am not in the mood for cooking or eating. But your lil combo here made my stomach GRUNT.

Nathan said...

Common show us what's it your Cuban culinary repertoire :)

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