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Pasta and Fagioli Soup Recipe


1. Start off with at least a quart-sized pan... 3 or so cloves of garlic simmered in a tablespoon of olive oil until the cloves are transparent, but not browned. Add about 8-10 oz of crushed tomatoes (Italian brand from a can..Cento's or  Progresso brand...if you use fresh pureed tomatoes you'll have to add some tomato paste to thicken it up)  into the oil and let simmer for 15 minutes..stirring so it doesn't burn.

While the tomato "sauce" is simmering, boil up enough water to handle the amount of pasta you want to have....3/4 of a pd is usually is enough for up to 4 people (I tend to use smaller pastas and thrown in a variety of different ones.....)

While the pasta is cooking al denta  empty your beans into the sauce and continue to simmer. Once your paste is ready, add it to the sauce and then add enough water to allow it to be "soupy"  (like these directions!)...flavor with salt and pepper and I usually usually thrown in a sprinkle of rosemary.

Some people will add some veggies, like carrots or celery so it's more like a soup, but I make ours a bit thicker and tend to keep it simple.

Cook the whole thing for another 10 minutes....and then you should be ready. It's actually called "peasant food" in Italy because it's so basic and cheap to make....

No need to buy raw beans and soak...get 'em from a can!..

Garnish with oregano, basil or parsley.



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    Eating Healthy -  French Fries Seasoned With Herbs 

French Fries Seasoned With Herbs - Basil, Dill, Oregano

 
  My youngest goes to the N.C. State Fair and comes back raving over her "Krisby Kreme Fried Doughnut Hamburger with Bacon & Cheese".  What did I do wrong, where did I lose it?????

 
   Now this is a young lady that has heard me tell the story Graham Kerr, Galloping Gourmet, describing the air evacuation of his wife from Hawaii to Stateside due to heart issues.  He couldn't understand how here he was informing the world about eating healthy and yet his wife was in danger due to some problems caused by diet.   Her answer to him ( she survived):  "but your food doesn't taste good".  True story told by Mr. Kerr at an International Herb Assoc. meeting in Seattle.
 
   Well my daughter will be spared.  Try this for different, yet healthy idea:

 
HERB FRENCH FRIES  
1 (16 oz.) pkg. frozen French fries
Vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. dried whole basil (crushed)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
Fry potatoes in vegetable oil according to package directions, drain well. Add seasonings to potatoes and toss well to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.
 
 
HERB FRENCH FRIES  
1 (16 oz.) pkg. frozen French fries
Vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. dried whole basil (crushed)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
Fry potatoes in vegetable oil according to package directions, drain well. Add seasonings to potatoes and toss well to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 to 6 servings.
 
 

 

  This recipe for herb seasoned french fries does not have to be basil in another article from Univ. of Georgia we were shown the benefits of dried oregano as an antioxidant and free radical inhibitor.  Might want to use oregano and basil, or for some who like dill this could be a very delightful addition.  If you have fresh basil or dill use that also.