How to Cook Ma's Pasta E Fagioli 🇮🇹 (Pasta and Beans)

La mia famiglia's (my family's) take on an Italian classic.

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How to Cook Ma's Pasta E Fagioli 🇮🇹 (Pasta and Beans) Recipe
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Peel skin and slice garlic into slivers.

Peel skin and slice garlic into slivers.

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They should look like this ⬆

They should look like this ⬆

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First round of ingredients! Olive oil, butter, salt & pepper.  Remember, chicken stock has a decent amount of sodium already! Just a dash of salt should do.

First round of ingredients! Olive oil, butter, salt & pepper. Remember, chicken stock has a decent amount of sodium already! Just a dash of salt should do.

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Add olive oil and 1 Tbsp of butter to a small stock pot.

Add olive oil and 1 Tbsp of butter to a small stock pot.

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Turn burner half way between low and medium. We don't want to burn our garlic & spices!

Turn burner half way between low and medium. We don't want to burn our garlic & spices!

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Add garlic powder and parsley to taste.

Add garlic powder and parsley to taste.

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A few crushed red pepper flakes never hurts... just a few...unless you like spicy...then add as much as you think you can handle 😳

A few crushed red pepper flakes never hurts... just a few...unless you like spicy...then add as much as you think you can handle 😳

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All spices and garlic in; sauté low & slow. We want to coax the flavors out of the garlic & spices and infuse the oil. Be careful not to burn your garlic! As soon as you see color, add the beans.

All spices and garlic in; sauté low & slow. We want to coax the flavors out of the garlic & spices and infuse the oil. Be careful not to burn your garlic! As soon as you see color, add the beans.

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Our next round of ingredients. You may use low sodium stock. I've never tried with veggie stock, but I'm sure you could sub veg stock to make this vegetarian.

Our next round of ingredients. You may use low sodium stock. I've never tried with veggie stock, but I'm sure you could sub veg stock to make this vegetarian.

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Color on garlic...time for beans! Add the whole can - don't drain or rinse.  (Boyfriend acting as photographer means blurry photos! Sorry...)

Color on garlic...time for beans! Add the whole can - don't drain or rinse. (Boyfriend acting as photographer means blurry photos! Sorry...)

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Now add stock.

Now add stock.

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Stir to combine.

Stir to combine.

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Now turn heat up to just a hair below medium. We want a good simmer. Reduce by half, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

Now turn heat up to just a hair below medium. We want a good simmer. Reduce by half, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

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In the meantime, get your elbow pasta cooked in a large pot of boiling water. (See my other guide on How to Cook Pasta the Right Way).

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When pasta is juuuust about done and your bean & stock mixture has reduced, add the second tbsp of butter and stir. This makes the sauce a little creamy...it's my Ma's little trick.

When pasta is juuuust about done and your bean & stock mixture has reduced, add the second tbsp of butter and stir. This makes the sauce a little creamy...it's my Ma's little trick.

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Add in your perfectly cooked & drained Al Dente elbow pasta and stir.

Add in your perfectly cooked & drained Al Dente elbow pasta and stir.

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Traditionally this is served as a soup, but my family does it more like a saucy pasta entree. All Italian families have their own variations of traditional recipes. This is ours. I hope you enjoy!🇮🇹

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Enjoy piping hot in a bowl with a nice slice of italian bread.  Feel free to top with grated parmesan cheese. We were all out 😔

Enjoy piping hot in a bowl with a nice slice of italian bread. Feel free to top with grated parmesan cheese. We were all out 😔

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