In chapter three, entitled "How to Be Free," Silvia goes to visit her older sister Angie at her house in north Jersey and while Angie is deciding what she will make for dinner, Silvia recalls the time her sister used American cheese to make eggplant Parmesan. She tries to persuade Angie to order out or make something simple. But to no avail Angie insist on cooking and to accommodate her sister's vegetarian diet, she makes Pasta Fagioli. Silvia is happily surprised that the soup turned out wonderful. This healthy soup, also called pasta fagoli, was served daily at a local diner in my home town of Hammonton, New Jersey. There are many variations on this recipe. For instance, frozen or fresh peas can be substituted for cannelloni beans. It can also be made with or without chicken broth. See below recipes from allrecipes.com. Hope you enjoy!
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook celery, onion, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, red pepper and salt until onion is translucent. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce, and simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Add pasta and cook 10 minutes, until pasta is tender.
- Add beans and mix well. Heat through. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 5 1/2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans
- 1 (15 ounce) can navy beans
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- In a large pot over medium heat, cook onionn in olive oil until translucent. Stir in garlic and cook until tender. Reduce heat, and stir in tomato sauce, water, parsley, basil, oregano, salt, cannelini beans, navy beans and Parmesan. Simmer one hour.
- Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; strain and stir into soup.