Pasta Fagioli

Cover recipe- Family Circle, Pasta Fagioli: February 2011

Family Circle isn’t a food magazine, so they’re not not really known for having a boatload of delicious recipes tucked within their pages.  This issue advertises 43 pages of great winter recipes- all under 500 calories.  I love to see that.  Home cooks who buy this magazine hopefully can find some quick and easy ideas that are healthy dinner choices for their families.

Home-Cooked Comfort Soups & Stews is a feature within the recipe section.  The Pasta Fagioli soup is one of the bowls pictured on the cover.  Other choices in this section include a Traditional Beef & Bean Chili, Winter Veggie Bisque, Chicken & Corn Chili, Country Dijon Beef Stew and Red Pepper- Tomato Soup.  Those are some great comfort food ideas for dinner that will take the chill out of winter.  Read my notes below to see what I thought of the cover recipe:  Pasta Fagioli.

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Pasta Fagioli

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 min + chill time

Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 cups water
8 ounces (about 2 cups) small pasta shells
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 bunch fresh kale, tough stems discarded, cut into 1-inch pieces & washed
2 cans small white beans, drained & rinsed
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
grated Parmesan, for serving

Directions:

1.  Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onion and cook 5 minutes.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute.
2.  Stir in tomatoes, broth and water.  Bring to a simmer over high heat.  Add pasta and Italian seasoning.  Cook, stirring, 5 minutes.
3.  Stir in kale; cook 5 minutes more.  Reduce heat to medium and stir in beans, tomato paste, salt and pepper.  Heat through.
4.  Ladle into bowls; garnish with Parmesan.

Tips:

*I used a medium sweet onion, and I minced my garlic (in lieu of chopping).
*Kale is fabulous in soup.  I was happy to see that it was in this recipe.  Don't leave it out!
*After simmering a bit, the pasta in my soup soaked up a good deal of the liquid.  I ended up adding in a couple more cans of chicken broth.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: Recipe divided into 8 servings
Calories per serving: 260
Fat per serving: 5g
Saturated Fat per serving: 1g
Sodium per serving: ,span class="sodium">791g
Fiber per serving: 8g
Protein per serving: 13g
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 48g

Source:  Family Circle, February 2011

The results:

This recipe was kind of a no-brainer to make.  Super easy-to-follow instructions and a delicious result.  It was nice that a few fresh ingredients were added to the canned.  Fresh Parmesan on top is a MUST!

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Yes!  Family Circle isn’t really known for their recipes.  I love that they featured a few easy soups that home cooks can easily put together.  This recipe was a big hit with my family.

Lori is the founder of RecipeGirl.com. She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at RecipeBoy.com.


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14 Responses to “Gingerbread Men”

  1. 1

    VeggieGirl — December 10, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

    My all-time favorite Christmas cookie! :)

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    Donalyn — December 10, 2009 @ 5:07 pm

    They look really cute – I’ll give them a try. I like to make gingerbread people for the grandkids. And for me, cause I love them.

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — December 10, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

    I saw this magazine in the store today and thought they looked super cute. Glad to hear they were worth it because Logan came home from school asking if we could make gingerbread cookies. We will try them out this weekend!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 10, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

    I have never made gingerbread cookies! Do you have a favorite that you’d recommend?? :)

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 11th, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

      Jessica- uh, these are good :)

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    Louise — December 11, 2009 @ 11:24 am

    Hi Lori!!! Glad I didn’t miss this one. Now, I must dig out this magazine and give it away knowing the cover is as tasteful as the recipes. You know I don’t bake. Look what I’m missing!!!

    Thanks for sharing…

  6. 6

    Stephanie — December 11, 2009 @ 11:55 am

    Your cookies came out super cute!

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 11th, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie!

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    Gourmified — December 11, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

    What a fun idea…cook from magazines…brilliant! LOVE your gingerbread cookies, too. They’re absolutely adorable! I just wish I really enjoyed the spices in them, sad. I guess I’ll just have to enjoy looking at them instead!

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    Jane — December 12, 2009 @ 7:26 am

    I love what you’re doing on this blog! Great idea! Everything looks delicious!

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    Cynthia — December 12, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

    Lori, this is such an original idea and exciting idea for a blog – Culinary Covers!

    Your gingerbread men are outstanding!

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    Katrina — December 13, 2009 @ 9:54 am

    I love how simple the decorations are and they look great!

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    Karly — December 13, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

    Can you believe I’ve never made gingerbread before? I’m going to have to try this recipe this year!

    Love the simple decorations!

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    jo — December 13, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

    These gingerbread men are so cute .. just right for Christmas too!

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