Barefoot by the Sea: Vuole qualcosa da mangiare?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Vuole qualcosa da mangiare?

Meaning, would you like something to eat?

My friend Sharon makes the best pasta fagioli soup, it's that type of comfort food that I love all Winter (and Spring) long.  I have yet to perfect it but I'm up for the challenge this weekend.  A bowl of this, some Parmesan cheese and a loaf of crusty bread and we'll be ready to say DELIZIOZO!


  • 3 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 (4.5 ounce) jars bottled minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 8 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 cups ditalini pasta
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, heat the olive oil. Cook onion, celery, garlic and black pepper until vegetables are tender, 10 minutes. Stir in beef broth, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Season with thyme, basil, oregano and parsley. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. (At this point, you may put the pot on a back burner to keep warm and continue with the next steps about 1 hour prior to serving, if you wish.)
  3. Stir in the beef and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in the pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the beans and heat through, 10 to 15 minutes. (photo from
Have a great weekend! 


  1. I think this recipe looks great, I would use fresh garlic instead of a jar, and fresh herbs will make all the difference :-) But it's going to be 70 degrees this weekend! No soup for me :-) I'll wait until Monday when it goes back to the 40's ;-)

  2. I like Heather's idea to sub in fresh ingredients. Yum.

  3. YUM!!!

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  4. Looks delicious! I'm always looking for new recipes...thanks!

  5. Looks great! I am going to have to give this a try. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

  6. WOW! Can I come to your house for dinner :)

    I love soups, this looks so good, I will have to try this out, thanks for sharing :) T.

  7. I've been looking for a good pasta fagioli!!
    yea!! I'm going to try this tomorrow night.
    Because tonight is Arroz con Pollo...Chicken and Rice.

    darn, now I'm hungry AGH!!

  8. That recipe looks delicious, I love making homemade soup and breads.
    Thank you for sharing it.

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  10. Made it for dinner tonight. OMG it was soooo good.
    wish I could send you the leftovers but there weren't any.

  11. Mmmmm...that looks SO good! I'm always bookmarking recipes I find that I might want to make, so this'll have to be added. :)

    Thanks for coming by The Sweetest Petunia!


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