This is not the pasta and fagioli you know from Olive Garden. It is absolutely not pasta fazul. No tomatoes. No garlic.
It is a completely Northern interpretation of a Southern soup. And it is super delicious. What I love about this soup is that is made of pantry staples. It is perfect when you are feeling sick. If you are really sick, omitting the bacon will make it even more of a simple soup.
It is only fair to consider pasta fazul and this recipe as two different soups. But give it a shot. I promise you will feel better soon!
Pasta e Fagioli
Another recipe from my Mom’s cookbook
1-2 slices bacon, optional
4 c beef broth
1-2 bay leaves
1 can cannellini, kidney, or Roman beans
1/2 c ditallini pasta
Begin by chopping onion and sauteing in a large pot. Slice bacon, if using, into 1/2 inch pieces and cook with onions until golden.
Add beef broth and bay leaves to onion mixture. Bring to a boil.
Add pasta to pot and cook pasta for length of time noted on pasta box, about 10-11 minutes. Approximately 3-4 minutes before the pasta is done, add the beans. Serve and feel better!