Hearty winter soup is this Pasta Fagioli Soup with Ham and Escarole. This is a whole-meal soup that draws its hearty peasant flavor from beans, onions, garlic, celery, carrots, ham, tiny pasta, and escarole. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese is a delicious addition over the soup.
|February 4th is National Homemade Soup Day!|
I had to post one of my favorite soups, Pasta Fagioli Soup ( Pasta Bean Soup). Some recipes for Pasta Fagioli simply include pasta and beans as the ingredients with garlic, but I like to add ham and Escarole to my Pasta Fagioli soup.
Seriously, I like to add lots of veggies to my soups, the more the merrier, I feel better knowing that my kids are getting at least one serving of veggies, as teenagers, they are choosing to load up on carbs, so I try to have protein and veggies for our dinner meal choice.
One of my favorite hearty winter soups is this Pasta Fagioli Soup with Ham and Escarole. This is a whole -meal soup that draws its hearty peasant flavor from beans, onions, garlic, celery, carrots, ham, tiny pasta, and escarole. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese is a delicious addition over the soup.
Being Italian, I like to make an assortment of Italian dishes, my favorite past time is reading cookbooks filled with authentic Italian recipes. I fell in love with this soup when I visited abroad in Lecce one summer.
I was traveling with a friend and we were on a super budget, probably $5 a day. Her mother was a massage therapist and traveled all over the world. My friend and I spent time in Rome and then we were going to Lecce to meet her mother. She had told us that her friends were going on holiday and we could stay in their home.
After traveling by boat then train, then hitching to Lecce, I felt like I was getting really run down, I started burning up with a fever, then I started shivering, I just wanted to lie down. We arrived at our new best friends home with open arms and brought to a huge guest room overlooking a vineyard, the sun was just starting to set, the golden orange glow lulled me into the king-size bed draping with white down blankets and pillows.
Our friends gave me a whole garlic head and told me to eat it, RAW. Worn down, I agreed, plus some other concoction that tasted like fuel oil, not that I have ever ingested fuel oil… I laid my head down and didn’t get up for 24 hours. After awakening, I dragged my body outside to feel the sunshine on my face.
I was brought an espresso and a bowl of the most amazing tasting soup, lovingly prepared by angels. One taste of the soup, I knew that all was right in my world. Even though I smelled like Italian sausage, I could force a smile on my face and the word, ” Gracie ” dripped out from my lips. When I prepare Pasta Fagioli Soup, I am brought back to a remarkable summer spent in Europe. Eat every meal like it is your first! Abundanza! A Familia! Buon Appetito!! To your health and good appetite!
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|In a 6 quart pan, combine dried beans and about 2 inches covering the water, bring to a boil. Continue boiling for 2 minutes, then remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour ( or if you prefer cover beans with the water and let stand overnight.)|
|These are my basic ingredients for most soups that I make, they give such a great flavor for so many soup bases.|
|Add garlic, onion, carrots and veggie mixture. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, covered, until beans are tender (2 to 21/2 hours). Lift out the ham and discard bone; coarsely chop ham. Return ham to the soup pot.|
|Cook 1 pound Orzo in salted boiling water until pasta is al dente ( perfectly cooked but not overly soft, translated means, ” to the tooth”), add to the soup pot. Add one carton of chicken broth. Turn the heat up to warm the soup.|
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