Pasta Fagioli

Pasta Fagioli
We make huge pots of this dish during cold weather – there’s not one thing that comforts my soul more than a bowl of this warming, delicious pasta. AND, I especially love dining on this when I get to watch my Hubster make it for our family. You can add the cooked penne pasta directly to the soup, but it tends to soak up all the wonderful juices a little too much, in my experience.  I prefer to keep the cooked pasta separate and serve it as a base in the bottom of the serving bowls, with the soup ladled over the top. 

½ lb. Italian sausage, crumbled (or use regular pork sausage and add 1 tsp. Italian seasonings in addition to spices listed below)
½ lb. lean ground beef, crumbled
½ onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried thyme
28 oz. Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
14 oz. can dark kidney beans, undrained
2 cups strong beef broth
2 Tbs. tomato paste
1/8 – 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 cup freshly minced parsley (or sub 1 tsp. dried)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
½ lb. penne pasta, cooked according to pkg. directions, drained and reserved
Parmesan cheese, freshly shredded
Sauté sausage, ground beef, onion, garlic, oregano, and thyme in heavy Dutch oven over medium high heat until meats are browned and cooked throughout; crumbling with spatula; drain fats.
Add the tomato paste to the meat mixture and cook over medium heat until tomato has turned from bright red in color to a rather dull, brown-ish color. Stir tomatoes and kidney beans with juice, broth, cayenne pepper, and parsley; season to taste with kosher salt and pepper.  Simmer over low heat for 40-45 minutes, adding more beef broth if needed, until mixture is the consistency of a very thick soup/stew.
To serve, place warm cooked penne pasta into serving bowls, top with the soup; garnish with Parmesan. Serve at once! 
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Chef Alli

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Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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