I am all about the comfort foods lately..not sure if it is the cold weather, the nostalgia of the holiday seasons upon us or just because lets be honest comfort foods are the best foods, but we are all about them at Casa Kirk!
I took a traditional family recipe and decided to “tweak” it and make it a bit healthier. It still has all of the same tastes and memories attached just with a lower calorie count and a more balance approach to a meal.
A traditional Pasta e Fagioli is made with little dry pasta’s, and I opted to use Banza cavatappi, which is a a chickpea pasta with a high protein count and made without any flour for a grain free option! I also opted to make this a dairy free soup as we are an almond milk based home and I predominately eat dairy free when I can, unless it is full fat dairy, in which case sign me up!
( little side note, do NOT be afraid of full fat dairy products, they are the best ones out there when opting for dairy, the low fat options are filled with junk and fillers to lower the caloric intake and still taste satiating!)
Most of these items you will find in your pantry already so don’t wait and get soup making!!
2 cans of cannelloni beans
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
2 sprigs of chopped rosemary
1 can of diced tomatoes
2 15 ounce cans of chicken broth ( or veggie broth if preferred)
1/2 of a chopped white onion
3 tablespoons of EVOO
salt and pepper to taste
1 box of Banza pasta ( or any small pasta noodle)
Parmesan cheese ( or nutritional yeast for a dairy free option)
2 tablespoons almond milk
In a large soup pan add in the olive oil, garlic and white onion. Sauté until translucent.
Add in your rosemary, almond milk, 2 cans of cannelloni beans( 1 drained, 1 undrained) and then stir together
add in your chicken broth salt and pepper and then your can of diced tomatoes
simmer on medium for 5-7 minutes
add in your pasta noodles and then cover and let simmer until the noodles are soft and Al Dente.
Once ready to eat sprinkle parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast on top and stir in to make a thicker soup and a delicious bite every time!!
*** Note you can totally add pancetta, turkey bacon, ground beef or ground chicken to this but note the the traditional manor of this dish is to be “pasta and beans”!