September 26, 2014

Healthy Pasta Fagioli

Healthy pasta fagioli, the ultimate comfort food! A giant soup bowl filled with hearty white beans & ditalini pasta in a creamy red sauce.  

This is my kinda’ comfort food. Which, really should come as no surprise.

It’s pasta and beans after all, two staples in my diet, and the foods I reach for night after night when I’m looking for something quick and satisfying.

Growing up, my mom relied on two dishes to get us through any lean times: white beans with spinach and this pasta fagioli. While I didn’t want for much as a kid, sometimes feeding a family of five was more about economics than taste or preference. Hence our continued love affair with this bean and pasta soup.

Top down image of the pasta fagioli ready to be served

Healthy Pasta Fagioli

Pasta fajioli reminds me of home, of boisterous family dinners and my momma.

It’s probably no coincidence then that I make this dish whenever I’m feeling a little longing for home. Sure, California has its perks, and I love the life I am creating with BL, but it’s also difficult when my entire family and beautiful little niece live 3,000 miles away. Thank goodness for pasta. Whenever I get a little homesick, I make this dish while we Facetime.

Whether you are looking for comfort or just a giant bowl of goodness, this soup is for you. I know there are several varieties of this soup, including the one made famous by Olive Garden, but this is how my grandma made it, how my mom made it, and therefore, how I make it. Generations of women can’t be wrong, right?

Serve yourself some big servings of this delicious healthy pasta dish!

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

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Ultimate healthy comfort food! Pasta Fagioli! Inexpensive, hearty and good source of protein!

Pasta Fagioli

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4- 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Healthy pasta fagioli, the ultimate comfort food! A giant soup bowl filled with hearty white beans & ditalini pasta in a creamy red sauce.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4- 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4- 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • pinch salt/pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 tsp. crushed hot pepper (or more for extra kick)
  • 1 large can regular,plain tomato sauce
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 2 cans northern beans (Cannellini), rinsed or 1/2 lb. beans, soaked
  • 1/2 lb. Ditalini pasta
  • 2 cups spinach

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil and add the chopped onion, pinch salt pepper, garlic and red pepper. Sauté for about 5 minutes, until onion is translucent. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Add the tomato sauce, parsley and beans. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the ditilini pasta in salted water. Once the pasta has become al dente, drain but reserve 2-3 cups pasta water. When ready to serve, add pasta to tomato and bean sauce and thin with pasta water. You will probably not use all 2 cups. Add 1/2 cup at a time, stir, and add more if need be. It should thin the tomato sauce out so it is thin like a soup broth. Before serving, add in the spinach until just wilted.
  3. This taste even better the next day. If you have leftovers, add a little more pasta water before refrigerating.

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, Plant-Based Chef and Yoga Instructor. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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