Who doesn't love bean and bacon soup? Yes those delicious little cans of condensed goopiness that you add some water to for a quick meal. Well I decided tonight to try my hand at a homemade version, and I have to say it is spot on!
Pasta fazool, or pasta fagioli, may not be as common but it is as delicious! It is basically pasta and beans. I grew up with my family using the bean and bacon soup as a base, then adding the pasta to that. I still do that to this day and it is one of our favorite soups! It goes great on a cold day with a grilled cheese or rolls.
4c chicken broth
1 diced onion
3 chopped carrots
1tbs minced garlic
1 can cannelini beans (or great northern beans) not drained
2 slices raw bacon, diced
*optional* 1 1/2c small pasta for pasta fazool
Add all ingredients except pasta into medium pan. Simmer for 30min, stirring occasionally. Add pasta if desired and cook an additional 10min or until tender, then serve!
Of course, in my house we put cheese on top of everything!
If you add pasta it thickens up nicely, otherwise there is a good amount of broth.