Fabio’s Pasta and Bean Soup


Reblogged:from Shine                                                                                                                                         Fabio’s Pasta and Bean Soup                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nothing is better for families on a budget than the classic Pasta E Fagioli, Fabio’s super simple and delicious one pot soup with pasta and beans. It’s so flavorful, you’ll forget that it’s VEGETARIAN!

Tips:

  • Beans 101- High in protein and virtually fat-free, these delicious pods are versatile and packed with nutrients. The secret to cooking dry beans without soaking them overnight? Choose smaller beans.
  • Find the Perfect Pasta for Your soups, Soup is a great place to use up spare pasta: break up large noodles, or just add small shapes. Don’t add it until the last few minutes of cooking, and keep pasta on the side when storing soup for later use.
  • Cast-Iron CookwareThe Perfect Soup Pot. Cast-iron is able to maintain and withstand very high temperatures, so pots and pans are able to go from stove top to oven with no hassle. Their heavy weight distributes heat evenly, ensuring perfectly cooked dishes.

 

Ingredients:

3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 carrots, diced

1 onion, diced

2 celery stalks with leaves, diced

1 fennel bulb

3 bay leaves, dried

6 sprigs thyme

¾ lb. Borlotti beans

pinch sea salt

4 garlic cloves – grated

2-3 quarts chicken or vegetable stock

28 oz. can diced tomatoes

pinch sea salt

pinch fresh ground black pepper

extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

2 cups small shaped pasta

20 fresh basil leaves

 

Method:

Heat a large cast-iron pot over medium heat. Add extra virgin olive oil.   Add carrots, onions, and celery and stir. Meanwhile, dice fennel. Add to pot and stir.Strip the thyme sprigs over the pot and discard sticks. Add bay leaf. Sauté about ten minutes, or until the vegetables caramelize and start to soften. Add Borlotti beans and grated garlic; stir.Add stock, canned tomatoes, a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Stir, cover, and boil for one hour, or until beans are soft. Add pasta and cook for five minutes. If you don’t plan on serving the soup all at once, cook the pasta separately, and add to each bowl as you serve it. Otherwise, the pasta will soak up too much broth when stored. Chop basil and add to pot. Stir thoroughly, and remove from heat. Remove bay leaves and serve immediately

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Flash-Roasted Vegetables and Pasta


Flash-Roasted Vegetables and Pasta

Reblogged: from Shine                                         FlashRoasted Vegetables and Pasta

The addition of mushrooms and fennel add enough depth to this dish to make it a bona fide main dishRoasting caramelizes and sweetens the juices from the vegetables, resulting in a heartier overtone and overall flavor.  Use whole-grain pasta to add even more fiber to this entrée.  Topping it with the optional cheese will give this dish a bit more protein

Ingredients

2 pounds assorted mushrooms, such as chanterelle, cremini, and/or oyster, cut into chunks                                                                                                                                                                    1 large red onion, cut into 6 or 8 wedges                                                                                                 1/4 cup olive oil                                                                                                                                              8 ounces pappardelle or Mafalda pasta                                                                                            Freshly shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)                                                                                        2 medium fennel bulbs, trimmed and cut into wedges (about 1 lb. trimmed)                                 8 ounces baby carrots with tops, trimmed                                                                                               2 tablespoons Fennel-Spice Mix (see recipe below)                                                                           3/4 cup dry white wine

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degree F. Place mushrooms, fennel, onion, and carrots in a large roasting pan. Combine oil and Fennel-Spice Mix. Drizzle over vegetables; toss to coat.

Shrimp Scampi with Linguini


Shrimp Scampi with linguine

Ingredients

Directions

For the pasta, put a large pot of water on the stove to boil. When it has come to the boil, add a couple of tablespoons of salt and the linguine. Stir to make sure the pasta separates; cover. When the water returns to a boil, cook for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the pasta is not quite done. Drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes (if using) until the shallots are translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper; add them to the pan and cook until they have turned pink, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pan; set aside and keep warm. Add wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons oil. When the butter has melted, return the shrimp to the pan along with the parsley and cooked pasta. Stir well and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over a bit more olive oil and serve immediately                                                                                    Black pepper, Butter, Calorie, Deveining, diet, dieting programs, Eating, Fitness, Food, Health, Human nutrition, Olive oil, Pasta, Physical exercise, Portion Control, Serving size, Shallot, Shrimp,