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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 376.5
  • Total Fat: 9.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 46.2 mg
  • Sodium: 1,611.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 47.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 12.1 g
  • Protein: 27.8 g

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Nana Marge's Pasta Fagioli

Submitted by: FORSYTHIABUSH

Introduction

Growing up in Brooklyn, the best meals were those made by my Nana Marge. She was born of Irish parents, married an Italian, and her meals became the standard by which I have since compared all Italian fare. This updated low-fat version of Nana Marge's Pasta Fagioli (pasta with beans) is a remarkably delicious dish, and captures all the pleasure of her original recipe. I like to use hot Italian turkey sausage as a replacement for the hot Italian pork sausage that Nana Marge would sometimes add to the mix. The dish can certainly be made without, for those who prefer a meatless dish. And no, there's no missing ingredient...she never used tomatoes. Enjoy! Growing up in Brooklyn, the best meals were those made by my Nana Marge. She was born of Irish parents, married an Italian, and her meals became the standard by which I have since compared all Italian fare. This updated low-fat version of Nana Marge's Pasta Fagioli (pasta with beans) is a remarkably delicious dish, and captures all the pleasure of her original recipe. I like to use hot Italian turkey sausage as a replacement for the hot Italian pork sausage that Nana Marge would sometimes add to the mix. The dish can certainly be made without, for those who prefer a meatless dish. And no, there's no missing ingredient...she never used tomatoes. Enjoy!
Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    1 T olive oil
    olive oil Pam
    4 garlic cloves, crushed
    1 cup chopped raw onions
    1 cup diced raw celery
    1 cup diced raw carrots
    12 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth, if you prefer)
    1/4 tsp Italian herb seasoning
    1 cup white wine (I use Chardonnay)
    8 cups (4 - 16 oz cans) of cannellini beans, including liquid in can
    4 links Jennie-O hot Italian turkey sausage
    12 ounce dry Barilla plus small elbow macaroni


Directions

Prepare Barilla elbow macaroni al dente, according to package directions. Once cooked, drain and set aside.

Saute sausage in large pan, sprayed with Pam.

While sausage is cooking, heat 1T olive oil in stock pot; add garlic and onions and saute until translucent; add celery and carrots, and one cup of white wine; stir in Italian herbs, and braise vegetables until liquid is practically evaporated.

Once cooked thoroughly, dice sausage into small bite-size pieces, and add 1/4 cup of water to pan to loosen drippings.

Add the chicken broth, beans (including liquid from cans), sausage and pan drippings to stock pot, with all remaining ingredients. Bring pot to a boil and then immediately lower flame to simmer.

Simmer soup for 30 minutes to meld flavors.

Spoon 1/2 cup cooked elbow macaroni into soup bowls and ladle 2 cups of the hot soup over the macaroni, making certain that one ladle is filled with broth, and the other filled with beans, veggies and bits of sausage.

Serve with side salad. Some also like a wedge of crusty whole grain Italian bread as an accompaniment.



Number of Servings: 12

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user THEBOTTOMLINE.






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  • This looks intriguing but I'm wondering what kind of sausage is used and how much. It seems to be missing in the ingredient list. Maybe I'll just try a nice Italian link-style sausage if I don't find a correction on this recipe soon - 10/6/09

    Reply from FORSYTHIABUSH (10/7/09)
    Thank you so much for taking the time to review my recipe and to comment on my oversight. I've revised the recipe accordingly, and hope that you'll give it a try. Our family enjoyed it again last night.

    This dish, an updated version of an old family recipe, is a sure-fire people pleaser!


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