Pasta Fazul

Pasta Fazul
Pasta Fazul or Pasta e Fagioli

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yields: 6 servings

Comment:

This recipe is a traditional Italian dish, and is often referred to as “pasta e fagioli” in Italy. The phrase “e fagioli” simply means, “and beans.” Different versions vary throughout Italy, but the two main ingredients always stay the same! In the U.S., it’s called “pasta fazul.”

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Ingredients:

1 pound Ditalini pasta

2 (15-ounce) cans cooked cannellini beans

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup minced red onions

¼ cup thinly sliced garlic

⅛ tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp fennel seeds

1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary

1 (12-ounce) can crushed plum tomatoes, with juice

2 cups chicken broth

salt and ground black pepper to taste

½ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese

¼ cup minced basil

Method:

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside, reserving cooking liquid.

In a 3-quart saucepan, combine oil, red onions, garlic, red pepper flakes, fennel seeds, and rosemary over medium-low heat. As soon as the garlic begins to color, add tomatoes with juice. With a wooden spoon, break up the larger pieces of tomato.

Increase heat to medium-high and cook 5 minutes. Stir in cooked beans. Add chicken broth, ½ cup at a time, until desired moisture is achieved.

Reduce to simmer and cook 5 minutes. Stir in cooked pasta and cook over medium heat 2 minutes.

Add some reserved pasta cooking liquid if necessary to retain desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To serve, top with cheese and basil.

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