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Pasta e Fagioli

There must be a zillion recipes for pasta fazool (as it is called in the Neapolitan dialect).  It's genuine Italian soul food.


Servings: 6

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound Italian sausage
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth, fat free, low sodium
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup shell pasta, uncooked, small
1/2 cup Romano cheese, grated
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano, dried
1/2 teaspoon basil, dried
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
2 cans cannelini beans with liquid

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper - may be omitted if hot sausage is used

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add the garlic and sausage.
Sauté until the sausage is browned, stirring to crumble.

Add broth and tomato sauce and bring to a boil.

Stir in pasta, 1/4 cup cheese, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, beans, and crushed red pepper and bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes or until the pasta is done.

Let stand 5 minutes.

Serve in bowls and garnish with remaining cheese.

Serving Ideas: Serve with slices of a good bread