Pasta Fagioli with Fresh Pesto Recipe


Pasta Fagioli with Fresh Pesto

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 3 – 4 medium-sized garlic cloves (finely minced)
  • 4 cups chicken stock (preferably homemade, divided)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (1 tablespoon fresh)
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary (finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried))
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 medium tomatoes (finely chopped seeds and pulp removed)
  • 2 medium tomatoes (seeds and pulp removed, pureed)
  • ¾ cups uncooked Ditalini or elbow pasta
  • 1 can cannellini beans with liquid
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Optional Garnish:

  • Fresh Pesto – recipe included
  1. In a heavy bottomed pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add celery and onions and sauté until tender, but not mushy. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds to one minute. Do not brown.
  2. Add 2½ cups of chicken broth to pot. Season with oregano, basil, rosemary and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Add chopped and pureed tomatoes to pot. Simmer on low for 20 – 25 minutes. Add uncooked pasta and cook until tender. Approximately 10 minutes.
  4. Add beans and reserved liquids to pot and heat through. Ladle into bowls and tops with a dollop of fresh pesto, if desired.
  5. Serve with freshly grated or shaved Parmesan cheese and crusty Italian bread.

Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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