Pasta E Fagioli

My sister Celestine’s recipe….

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 slices of streaky bacon cut into small pieces
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red peppers (or less if too spicy)
  • 1 x14 ounces can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 x15 ounces can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 15 ounces can cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4-5 cups chicken broth.
  • Salt and pepper
  • About 4-5 ounces of uncooked spaghetti broken into small pieces
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, and then add the onions, carrots, and celery and continuing cooking until they are soft for 8-10 minutes before adding the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes more.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of salt (more or less to your preference), ¼ teaspoon black pepper and the crushed red peppers and mix well.
  3. Toss in the tomatoes, beans and 4 cups of chicken stock and give everything a good stir before popping on the lid and simmering for about 30-45 minutes or until everything is tender.
  4. Remove the lid and add the broken spaghetti and cook for another 6-8 minutes over a low heat (until pasta is cooked). The soup should be thick but if too much add more chicken broth as needed.
  5. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and homemade garlic bread

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