It takes me a little while to get back into the swing of the routine after a vacation. I like to keep the pantry stocked with a few basics so I can pull together “lazy” or quick meal. I love soup, so here is a rendition of Pasta Fagioli done the lazy way. It’s a creamy bean and pasta soup.
I usually have dried beans and some canned beans in the pantry along with lots of canned tomatoes. You’ll need 2 cans of great nothern beans or cannellini beans. In a blender dump one can of beans and 1 cup of water and puree. Set aside.
In a large pot, add 1/4 c. olive oil and 3 chopped garlic cloves (I usually add 5- I like my garlic). Stir the garlic around and let it soften, but not brown. Then add 2 Tbsp flour. Stir the flour and let it cook for about 2 minutes, again do not brown the flour, just cook out the “flour taste”. Next add 8 cups of water, 2tsp salt, a pinch of red pepper flakes, 1 sprig of fresh rosemary (if you have it) and the bean puree. Bring to a boil and let simmer 20-30 minutes. Allow soup to thicken.
Next add a can of tomatoes- either diced or whole. If they are whole tomatoes, crush them in your hands. Add the second can of beans and 2 cups of ditalini (or another small shaped pasta) and simmer for 10-12 minutes till pasta is cooked. I stir frequently so the pasta doesn’t stick to the bottom. Fish out the rosemary sprig and toss it.
Serve. Creamy, comforting, lazy, soup.
I’ve posted before- but Monte Cristo sandwishes are always a hit and quick to make. I explain to my kids that if a turkey sandwich and french toast had a baby, it would be a Monte Cristo.
I make the sandwiches first. I like texas toast- thick white bread slices. You can really build any sandwich you like. I usually do mayo, turkey, swiss and a little dijon. I wisk up 4 eggs and dip both sides of the sandwich in and then place on a butter skillet or griddle. Toast both sides. Traditionally, it;s served with powdered sugar and jam- but I don’t usually go that far.
Why is this lazy? I really like Croque Monsieur- but it has more steps and you pour a cheese sauce over, its gets broiled ……..*sigh* and this is the lazier version.