Lombardo’s Restaurant Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

3 tablespoons olive oil
6 ounces chopped pancetta
10 ounces cannellini beans
10 ounces red kidney beans
16 ounces of peeled crushed tomatoes
1 medium red onion, chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
8 ounces Ditallini pasta
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

In a soup pot, saute onions and pancetta in olive oil until the onions and bacon are translucent and a light golden color. Add celery, and continue sauteing for a couple of minutes. Add canned beans and crushed tomatoes, plus two cups of water and salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil, then simmer for 45 minutes. Cook pasta separately, adding just before soup is served.

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Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (I like lots of garlic, so please suit it to your taste)
1 stalk celery, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3-5 dashes dried rosemary
1 dash red pepper flakes (I like more-1 tsp.)
1 1/2 cups chopped whole tomatoes, with juices (I’ve use canned or fresh depending on time of year)
3 cups vegetable stock or vegetable broth
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup tiny pasta (I like ditalini, but any pastene works fine)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or dried) (optional)
freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt & fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS:

In a large heavy pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat.
Stir in onion with a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook for 2 minutes.
Add dried herbs and red pepper flakes into the oil and toss to coat to bring out some of the dried herbs’ flavors.
Stir in garlic, and then celery, and carrots and cook for about 3 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
If necessary add an additional cup of stock or water and stir in beans and tiny pasta.
Simmer for 6-8 minutes or until pasta is tender.
Stir in parsley and serve hot with grated parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.
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Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli

INGREDIENTS:

3 teaspoons Oil
2 pounds Ground beef
12 ounces Onion; chopped
14 ounces Carrots; slivered
14 ounces Celery; diced
48 ounces Tomatoes; canned, diced
2 cups cooked Red Kidney beans
2 C cooked White kidney beans
88 ounces Beef stock
3 teaspoons Oregano
2 1/2 teaspoons Pepper
5 teaspoons Parsley; (fresh chopped)
1 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
48 ounces Spaghetti sauce
8 ounces dry pasta Shell macaroni; or other pasta

DIRECTIONS:

Preparation: Sauté beef in oil in large 10-qt. pot until beef starts to brown. Add onions, carrots, celery and tomatoes and simmer for about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse beans and add to the pot. Also add beef stock, oregano, pepper, Tabasco, spaghetti sauce, and noodles. Add chopped parsley. Simmer until celery and carrots are tender, about 45 minutes. Makes 9 qts. of soup! **Just cut the recipe in 1/2 for smaller family needs!
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