Pasta e Fagioli (Pasta and Beans)
Pasta e fagioli is a simple, hearty soup-type dish made with pasta and beans. Some of you may know this dish from your Italian relatives, friends or local restaurants as “pasta fazool.” This dish is widely loved and has origins as "peasant food" in Italy because it was inexpensive to make and the ingredients were readily available. Pasta e fagioli will fill you up, warm you up and it makes a satisfying meal -- especially when it’s served with rustic Italian bread and a glass of wine. This is a vegetarian recipe, but many people add prosciutto or bacon to the dish for added flavor.