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November 3rd, 2008

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Pasta E Fagioli
(pronounced pasta fazool )

From the kitchen of Joseph E. Valencic


Makes about 4 quarts.
    1 T Olive Oil

    1 # Ground beef or mild Italian sausage (or any pork cubed small)

    1 C Onion; chopped

    1 C Carrots; slivered

    1 C Celery; diced

    2 Fire Roasted red peppers – diced

    2 cloves garlic diced

    1 ea. 15oz can Red Kidney beans

    1 ea. 15oz can White kidney beans

    3 ea. 14 oz cans Beef stock

    1 1/2 teaspoon Oregano

    1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

    3 teaspoons Parsley; (fresh chopped)

    1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

    1 ea. 26 ounce jar of Spaghetti sauce

    4 ounces dry Ditalini or shell or elbow pasta


    Saute meat in oil in large 8-qt. pot until meat starts to brown. Add onions, garlic, carrots, celery and peppers and simmer for about 10 minutes. Drain beans and add to the pot. Also add beef stock, oregano, crushed red pepper, pepper, Tabasco, spaghetti sauce, and pasta. Add chopped parsley. Simmer until celery and carrots are tender, about 45 minutes.

    Top with grated parmesan cheese. ~ Joe (the doughgod)


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