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We found this recipe online and of course completely changed it to our tastes. I think the leftovers were better the next day. This dish is very different in different parts of Italy. It was considered a poor person’s meal because you added what you had on hand and cheap beans were a great substitute for meat. Feel free to add different ingredients or remove the ones you don’t like from this hearty Italian dish.

INGREDIENTS:
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 chicken breast, diced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
32 oz. water
3 Tbsp. chicken base
2 – 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
1 – 8 oz can tomato paste
1/2 lb. short cut pasta
2 – 15 oz cans of white beans
Aged Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:
Over medium heat cook chicken in olive oil. Add onions and celery and saute for a few minutes. Add parsley, garlic, cayenne, and Italian seasoning and continue to saute until onions become translucent. Add water, tomatoes, chicken base, tomato paste, and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and cook covered for 20 minutes. Add pasta and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Drain and rinse beans and add them to the soup. Ladle into bowls and add grated Parmesan to the top and serve with garlic bread. Enjoy!



Pasta Fagioli

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