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PASTA AND BEAN SOUP
8
or more servings
Served with fresh bread and a salad, is a meal in itself.

·          2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

·          1 medium onion, finely chopped

·          2 cloves garlic, minced

·          1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice

·          1 large celery stalk, cut into 1/4-inch dice

·          Two 16-ounce cans your favorite beans drained and rinsed

·          7 cups water

·          2 cups diced zucchini

·          2 bay leaves

·          1 1/2 teaspoons Italian herb seasoning mix

·          1/4 cup tomato paste

·          16 oz box of your favorite small pasta

·          2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

·          Salt and a pinch of red pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a soup pot. Add the onion, garlic, carrot, and celery, and sauté over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is golden. Add the beans, cooking liquid or water, zucchini, bay leaves, herb mix, and tomato paste. Bring to a simmer, then simmer gently, covered, until the zucchini is just tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the soup to stand for an hour or so to develop flavor.

In a separate saucepan, cook the pasta al dente. Rinse briefly under cool water until it stops steaming. Add the parsley to the soup and heat it through. When the soup is hot, add the cooked pasta and season with salt and pepper. Serve at once.