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admin November 14th, 2008      No Comments »

This pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans) recipe is a classic Italian recipe, fondly known as “pasta fazool”.  I made it the other night since it was getting quite chilly here and it seemed right to do a nice warm meal.  Rachel Ray calls dishes like this “stoup” – a thick soup or a thin stew! 

My recipe for Pasta Fazool – makes at least 12 servings:

  • enough olive oil to cover the bottom of a large pan (I use my Dutch Oven)
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely choppped
  • 8 large cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 15-oz cans cannellini or great northern beans
  • 1 15-oz can kidney beans
  • 2 15-oz cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 qts chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry wine (red or white)
  • 3 cups small pasta (I used Ditalini)
  • 4 cups raw spinach
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, at serving

Heat the oil in a large pan or Dutch Oven.  Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic; saute until translucent.  Add rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.  Simmer for 3 minutes.

Add beans, tomatoes, chicken broth and wine.  Bring to a boil.  Boil 3 minutes; reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. 

Increase heat to medium.  Add pasta and spinach.  Cook for 10 minutes, until pasta is done al dente.  Reduce heat to very low.

You can leave soup simmering on low for quite awhile, or serve immediately.

Serve in large bowls, topped with parmesan cheese and accompanied with crusty bread for sopping up the soup. 

It is very good warmed over the next day.  Also easy to freeze.

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admin October 14th, 2008      No Comments »

With the weather getting a bit chilly, it is good to start thinking about warm, hearty meals.  The gist of this recipe works with just about any cut of pork roast:  Loin, Crown, Butt, Shoulder, Tenderloin.  The first pic below is a center tenderloin; the second pic is a pork shoulder – both I made recently.  The garlic is a natural marinade, moistening and flavoring the roast at the same time.

  • 3-4 lb pork roast
  • 10-15 whole cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half long-wise
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • fresh rosemary branches

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make 20-30 1/2-inch slices uniformly over the roast.  Insert half a garlic clove into each slice.  Place roast into a PAM sprayed roasting pan.

Rub outside of roast with olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place rosemary branches on top of the roast.

Bake for 20-25 minutes per pound or until thermometer inserted into middle of roast reads 160-170.

Remove from oven.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Slice and serve.

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I catered a dinner party the other night and normally I don’t use a recipe I have never prepared before at a party.  But I saw these and came up with a variation of my own, and they were a hit!

Fried Ravioli

  • Olive oil for frying
  • 1 pkg frozen ravioli, any kind (I used cheese)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsps chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • salt & pepper

Boil ravioli for about 2-3 minutes only, then transfer to bowl of ice water to stop cooking.

Heat oil in deep skillet or deep fryer.  Mix cheese, pecans and parsley in a large shallow plate.  Beat milk, eggs, salt & pepper in a separate bowl.

Dip the ravioli in the milk/egg mixture, then dredge in the cheese/nut mixture, twice.

Fry in oil about 2 minutes on each side, or 3 minutes total in a deep fryer, until golden.  Drain on paper towels.

Serve hot with a creamy marinara sauce.  I used a jarred marinara sauce, added about 1/2 cup of whipping cream, and doctored it up with some fresh rosemary and fresh garlic.

Mangia Bene!

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admin September 8th, 2008      1 Comment »

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