Rainy Day Dinner For One

This evening is momentous for a few reasons. One, it's laundry night. Two, it's the evening of the 2nd presidential debate. And 3rdly, I decided to try my hand at making the classic Italian (and vegetarian) dish, pasta fagioli - basically pasta and beans. (Yes, I am using momentous in a very liberal way). Anyway, I recommend eating this soup on a rainy Fall night, while rooting for Obama, and when you want a healthy, cheap way to stay warm. Here's my recipe:

1 A large bag of dried beans (pinto, lima, black beans, kidney beans - these are the heart of the soup so I like to use a lot)
1 large onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of V-8
Balsamic Vinegar to taste
A cup of dried small pasta
Spices: Sage, Basil, Oregano, Celery Salt, Red Peppers, etc - basically anything you want to throw in there to make an herby broth.

1. Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil, until soft.
2. Add the dry beans, 7 cups (or so) of water, the can of tomatoes, a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, any and all herbs you like in soup, lots of salt, and 1/2 a can of V-8.
3. Bring to a boil, cover, lower to a nice rolling simmer and just let it sit! That's it!
4. Do laundry. Pour yourself a glass of wine. Chiiiillll. Check in on the soup every 20 min or so.
5. After 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours, check on the soup. The beans should be soft by now. If not, keep simmering 'em!
6. When the beans are soft, add in the cup of pasta and cook until done.
7. Salt and pepper to taste and serve with a drizzle of olive oil and flakes of Parmesan cheese over the top of the soup

*I also added in a chopped up package of Seitan - wheat meat - for extra protein. I recommend it, as it adds a nice texture to the soup and really absorbs the flavors of the delicious herby broth well! Momentous!
**If you don't have 3 hours to cook beans, you can obviously use canned beans, but I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to my legumes.

Beans, truly a musical fruit!

Creating an herb broth


1 comment:

Sarah said...

that looks delicious! yum!