Tuesday, September 11, 2007

slowcooker pasta e fagioli

canadian living march 2005

6 slices bacon or pancetta, chopped
2 onions chopped
4 cloes garlic, minced
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
1 tsp each dried basil and oregano
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
1 can (19oz/540ml) white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups chicken stock
1 can (28oz/796ml) diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup tubetti or other small pasta
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup grated parmesean

in skillet, fry bacon over med-high heat until crisp. transfer to crockpot.
drain fat from skillet, fry onions, garlic, celery, carrots, basil, oregano, salt and pepper over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. scrape into slow cooker. mash 1 cup of the beans, add to slow cooker along with remaining beans. add stock, tomatoes and bay leaf. cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until vegetables are tender. in pot of boiling salted water,, cook pasta until tender but firm, about 8 mintues. drain and add to slow cooker. add parsley and tomato paste, cover and cook on high for 10 minutes or until hot. discard bay leaf. sprinkle each serving with parmesean cheese.

makes 6-8 servings
each serving about 198 calories, 11g protein, 5g total fat, 28g carbs, 6g fibre, 9 mg chol, 899 mg sodium

will post tomorrow how this mostly meatless dinner goes over with the crew. thinking they can have some crusty buns to go with this, and maybe a salad.

review from the crew... the words to describe this were "awesome", "phenomenal" and "you can make that again" so i suppose it was ok LOL