Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Pasta Fagioli Recipe, AKA Tom and Huck Soup


My daughter loves Pasta Fagioli or Pasta with beans.  It is a soup that I grew up on and is packed with nutrients.  Usually when making Pasta Fagioli, it looks like a soup with veggies and beans floating around.  There are a ton of variations out there. 

As kids we were a bit picky, therefore my mom blended the soup to a smooth consistency to hide the veggies we didn’t “like” or “want”.  My mom even renamed it “Tom and Huck Soup” after the movie Huckleberry Finn, circa 1990’s that my little brother was obsessed with to get him to eat it.  

We do a lot of things to get our kids to eat nutritious foods, whatever works, right?

Here is Mom’s yummy recipe!

INGREDIENTS

2 Small to Medium sized Onions chopped
3 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil (sometimes I add a little extra!)
5-6 Carrots Chopped
Small Can of Chopped Tomatoes or 2 Medium sized fresh tomatoes chopped
1 Can of White Kidney Beans (540 mL)
1 bouillon cube with 6 cups of water or 6 cups chicken stock.
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Ground Chilli Pepper (Optional)
Pasta (any small pasta will do)
Parmesan Cheese



DIRECTIONS

Chop onions and put them in the pot with the olive oil.  Sautee the onions for about 2-3 minutes and then add your chopped carrots.  Sautee for 5 more minutes.  Throw tomatoes and beans into the pot and mix.  Add your chicken broth or bouillon cube with approx. 6 cups of water. (Again, you just want to cover your veggies and beans.)  Add your pepper, salt and Ground Chilli Pepper to taste. Let cook on medium for an hour to an hour and a half. 









In the last 10-15 minutes of cooking, in a separate pot boil water and add desired amount of pasta you would like in your soup.  I use approx. 250-300 grams for my family of three. 

Once the soup is done, using a hand blender or regular blender puree the soup to a smooth consistency.   Be very careful, hot soups in blenders are dangerous! Once blended put it back into the pot and add cooked pasta.  You can also add some pasta water if too dense.  Mix it up and add about 3 TBSP of Parmesan Cheese and continue to mix it up. 




Once you pour the soup into bowls, you can sprinkle more Parmesan Cheese on top if you would like.  I love adding hot oil or peppers to mine but again not necessary.  And there you have it, a yummy nutritious meal the whole family will love. 






What I also love about the soup is that all the chopping can be done ahead of time and veggies can be frozen all in one bag.  If I have veggies that are going bad, I chop them up and freeze them, this reduces waste, saves money and makes for quick prep of meals in the future!

Hope you enjoy our Tom and Huck Soup! Let us know if you try it!  



-Alessia
xoxo




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