Pasta e Fagioli
These recipes for Pasta e Fagioli combine a variety of spices, pasta, beans, and vegetables in a deliciously seasoned broth. Just add a slice of Italian bread to a bowl of Pasta e Fagioli to make a hearty lunch or light supper.See Popular Pasta e Fagioli Recipes
Using fresh spring vegetables and an easy one pot cooking technique, this Pasta and Bean soup comes together in 30 minutes or less.
Fagioli refers to beans in general, which are a favorite ingredient in Tuscan cooking, and an easy way to add protein to a pasta recipe without adding more meat.
The holiday season is here, and one of the ways we try (emphasis on try) to stay reasonably healthy this time of year (emphasis on reasonably) is to eat a little lighter when we're not making merry at some holiday buffet somewhere. But there's a quandary we face: while we can tolerate, say, a big healthy salad for dinner in summer, in winter we want something a little more satisfying. This easy version of classic pasta e fagioli fits the bill.
This Italian soup--which has as many variations as there are cooks--is chock full of pasta, beans, and vegetables, making it a hearty one-dish meal.
At least once a winter, I indulge myself in homemade Macaroni and Cheese. This time I made it extraspecial with panko bread crumbs (which made the top even crispier), and Raffetto's Homemade Cavatelli Pasta (pictured here). I live just a few blocks from this wonderful New York City pasta shop, where you can find just about any homemade pasta variety.
When it comes to healthy cooking, everybody knows broccoli is good for you -- packed with vitamins and minerals and ... and ... a lot of folks just plain don't like it.
If you could eat your way through one city, which would it be? We posed this question to our food-loving Facebook friends, and got hundreds of responses, from fans of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to partisans of Palermo, Sicily. Just thinking about spicy dishes of "red or green" chile sauce (especially from Cafe Pasqual's), or of wandering around Palermo's open-air markets, makes us want to start booking flights.
Truth be told, even with all the time-saving strategies we use during the holiday season (from pre-lit garland to store-bought eggnog to Amazon.com), making a full-fledged gingerbread house is still a tough sell. It's like one big mega baking project and one big mega craft project all rolled into one, which roughly translates into "I can't even begin to imagine tackling that during one of the busiest times of the year." (Which makes us think that maybe we should just give over the dead month of January to do all the holiday things that we'd like to do if only we didn't have so many things we have to do during the friggin' month of December.)