Good Mood Food

With milder temperatures still intermittent, I wanted to sneak in one more soup recipes before everyone swears off hot dishes until next winter. I’ve been eyeing this Pasta E Fagioli recipe from my newest cookbook, Good Mood Food, thanks to Cooking Light Magazine. With my husband traveling this week, it was the perfect time to make this because he dislikes beans, and the recipe didn’t make copious amounts, and I could throw it together in very little time. The tiny pasta shells, white beans, and spicy turkey sausage make this hearty soup a complete meal, especially when served alongside a fresh green salad. I made a few tweaks to the recipe, and I just love how it came out. The soup is so simple, yet packed with delicious Italian flavors. This soup is definitely my new favorite.
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Pasta e Fagioli

Cooking Light's Good Mood Food Cookbook

What You Need

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 ounces hot turkey Italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 cup uncooked small seashell pasta (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans or other white beans, drained
  • Minced fresh parsley (optional)
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)
  • Grated Romano cheese for garnish (optional)

What To Do

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onions until they are transparent. Add sausage and garlic; sauté 2 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add water, broth, and tomato sauce; bring to a boil. Stir in pasta, 1/4 cup cheese, oregano, salt, pepper, and beans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 8 minutes or until pasta is done. Let stand 5 minutes; sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Garnish each serving with parsley and red pepper, if desired.


Suggestions for Delicious Additions: Double turkey sausage quantity, add a cup of chopped spinach, or fresh/canned tomatoes.

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