Pasta e Fagioli Recipe

Tuscan recipe, Italy recipe Pasta e Fagioli

Throughout Tuscany, and indeed, all of Italy, Pasta e Fagioli (pasta and bean soup) is served. Delightful on a winter’s day, this hearty soup is easy to make. For a vegetarian version, omit the pancetta.


4 tablespoons of olive oil
3 small garlic cloves, minced
2 ounces of finely chopped pancetta
One 16-ounce can of Italian plum tomatoes, crushed, in sauce
½ teaspoon of dried basil
½ teaspoon of dried oregano
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley, or one tablespoon dried
One 15-ounce can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
8 ounces of small elbow macaroni.
Salt and pepper to taste (to spice it up, add ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes)
Grated Parmigianino Reggiano cheese


Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat; add pancetta and brown, about 5 minutes. Then add garlic and sauté until golden, less than 2 minutes should do. Stir in tomatoes and cook 5 minutes. Add parsley, basil and oregano and simmer until tomatoes are soft, stirring occasionally. Add beans and cook for another 10 minutes. Do not boil, maintain medium heat. When ready to serve, add cooked pasta and mix. Serve with grated cheese sprinkled generously on top.



Gregg from the road on Holland and Belgium Bike & Barge Trip

Another tranquil day cycling along the peaceful Belgian cycle paths…After seeing the nighttime sky last night with incredible clarity, I was not surprised to wake up this morning in Dendermonde with another day of clear blue sky. We had a nice breakfast then climbed aboard our bikes for a morning ride down the Schelde River , chasing the barge Iris as it meandered alongside. The morning ride took us along bike paths through freshly tilled fields, past herds of Belgian cows, through tiny hamlets and neighborhoods filled with welcoming and waving Belgian people. We rendezvoused with the Iris for traditional Belgian stew for lunch on board and an afternoon 60 minute cruise to Ghent . Anticipating a delicious dinner this evening, we are sitting in a local cafe, enjoying a Bavik beer after an included canal tour and independent walking tour of this magnificent medieval city of Ghent


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Holland Bicycle tour