Pasta Fagioli

Welcome to my first recipe post. Many of the characters in my books like to cook. Food brings people together. It’s a simple way to express love for friends and family. It’s sexy too. As Josie in Take Me Home says: “Soups are my true specialty though. There is something so soothing and sensual about homemade soup.”

So let’s start with one of Josie’s soups. Her pasta fagioli is one of her signature dishes. It proves that old adage, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

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PASTA FAGIOLI

1 large rosemary sprig, chopped finely

1 bay leaf

1 tblsp olive oil

1 tblsp unsalted butter

1 medium onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

6 cups chicken broth, homemade or from the carton

1 can Great Northern Beans

1 can diced tomatoes, with juice

3/4 cup ditalini pasta

Salt and pepper to taste Pecorino Romano for garnish

Heat oil and butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, saute until onion is tender, about 3 minutes. Add the broth, beans, tomatoes, rosemary and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then decrease heat to medium and simmer about 10 minutes.

Remove one cup of soup and reserve.

Add the ditalini to the soup and bring back to a gentle boil until pasta is al dente, about 8 minutes. Puree the reserved soup mix until smooth, then stir the puree into the boiling soup. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into soup bowls.

Sprinkle each serving with grated cheese or you can slice slivers of cheese with a vegetable peeler. You can also drizzle with each serving with extra-virgin olive oil.

Enjoy and Happy Reading.

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