Carrie stopped by the other night and ended up making us a delicious meal of Pasta Fagioli. It was a nice surprise because I’ve been relying on my easy go to’s a little too much lately, and trying something new seems like a daunting task. Hey, it’s a busy time of the year and it’s hard to get motivated to do anything when its dark by 4:30. Anyway, she makes this recipe from memory (which was originally her mama’s) and it turns out to be a hearty, simple dish that is ready in about 20 minutes.
4 tablespoons of oil
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
4 cloves of garlic chopped
A handful of parsley chopped
1 stick of butter
1 can of small white beans
1 package of ditalini pasta (small tube pasta)
Heat water and small white beans until boiling. Use enough water to cover beans and leave room to add the pasta. Heat oil and garlic in a frying pan. Add butter, tomato paste and parsley. Heat through until butter is melted. Once water is boiling add pasta and frying pan mixture. Stir constantly but cover when not stiring so pasta can cook and thicken. If mixture is not thickening enough take out some water or add a teaspoon more of tomato paste. Once mixture is thickened and pasta is fully cooked, take off stove and add some parmesan cheese. Enjoy!