As a result, I have been digging into my recipe box for some hearty one-dish meals to warm us after an afternoon of shoveling.
We are blessed to have one of the daughters and her family staying with us for a few months while they wait for their new home to be ready. It was hard at first for me to remember how to cook for more than two people, but I'm getting the hang of it. Making soup is always a sure bet! And I've been making buckets and buckets of it! Delicious. Nutritious. And enough to feed an army!
This recipe is perfect for a wintry day. It has just enough meat in it to add lots of flavor and to satisfy the carnivores, but it is also loaded with healthy veggies and beans. The Italians call it Pasta Fagioli. I call it delicious!
3 tsp. olive oil
6 oz. canadian bacon or cooked ham
4 stalks celery
3 cloves of garlic
28 oz. can of chopped tomatoes
4 cups stock or water stock or water
2 15 oz cans cannellini beans
1 bay leaf
1&1/2 tsp rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup pasta 9uncooked)
Parmigiano cheese (rind)
Heat the oil add chopped veggies, garlic, chopped ham and saute for about 5-8 minutes. Add bay leaf, rosemary and cook another 1-2 minutes. Add all the other ingredients except the pasta. Cook for about 30 minutes. Season with lots of black pepper and salt if needed. Remove rind and cut into small pieces and return it to the soup. Before serving, cook pasta al dente and add to the soup pot. Serve with grated cheese and a good loaf of Italian bread.
So while the snow and freezing rain were pelting down outside, we enjoyed the view from a nice warm porch while scarfing down big bowls of warm soup and watching our six month old grandson scarf down his oatmeal!
It went so fast, I didn't have time to take a photo - of the soup or the oatmeal!