The Chew: Mario Batali’s Pasta E Fagioli (Bean & Pasta Soup) Recipe


The Chew: Mario Batali’s Pasta E Fagioli Recipe

Mario Batali had the dish of the day today and he wanted something loaded with carbohydrates for all the marathon runners to enjoy. So he cooked up a pasta e fagioli, or as it is also known, a bean and pasta soup.

  • 2 tablespoons pork fatback, or other meat like pancetta, proscuitto or seitan will work good for vegetarians
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped italian parsley (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 medium spanish onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups cooked barlotti beans or kidney beans (rinsed and drained if canned)
  • 2 cups dried pasta scraps from making fresh pasta (or broken dried fettucini)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Parmigiano (for garnish)

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