Homemade Organic Pasta e Fagioli

This recipe is inspired by Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli recipe.  This is an Italian pasta and bean soup. I found Damn Delicious‘ recipe; I modified it to make it organic and made from scratch.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup dry organic kidney beans
  • 1 cup dry organic cannellini beans
  • 1 cup organic cavatelli [baby shell] pasta (or other small shaped pasta)
  • 2 cups cooked Homemade Organic Italian Sausage
  • 3 cloves organic garlic, minced
  • 1 small organic yellow onion, diced
  • 3 small or 2 medium organic carrots, sliced
  • 2 ribs organic celery, sliced
  • 6 cups Homemade Organic Pork Stock, Homemade Organic Beef Stock, Homemade Organic Brown Stock or Homemade Organic Chicken Stock  (a combination works, too)
  • 6 cups unfluoridated and unchlorinated water, divided
  • 2 cups organic crushed tomatoes
  • 2 organic beefsteak tomatoes, diced [2 cups] OR  2 cups organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. organic fresh basil OR *1 tsp. organic dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp. organic fresh oregano OR *1 tsp organic dried oregano
  • 2-1/4 tsp. organic fresh thyme OR *3/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. Real Salt
  • 1 tsp. organic freshly ground peppercorn blend

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Place 3 cups of water and stock into an 8 quart stock pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile rinse the beans thoroughly.
  3. Add the beans to the pot;  Do not season with salt until the end of the cooking process or the beans might not get soft.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook for 1 hour.
  5. Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, basil, oregano and thyme to the pot and return to a boil.
  6. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  7. Add the pasta and remaining 3 cups of water to the pot.
  8. Bring the soup to a boil once again.
  9. Reduce the heat to a slow simmer and cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until the pasta and vegetables are tender.
  10. When there’s ten minutes of cooking time left, add the sausage, salt and pepper to the pot.
  11. Enjoy!
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