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impressive pasta soup OR death row meal: 2, of 3

Posted: August 27th, 2009 | Author: leah | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | 7 Comments »

As mentioned in previous blogs, I have a few “death row meals”—or, if I had to pick one thing to eat for the rest of my life this is what it would be. Well, one of them.

This was a soup a woman used to bring to church pot lucks. It always seemed more sophisticated than the finger sandwiches or take out chicken other people brought. And yet when she passed the recipe around it looked so simple! I’m glad mom let me lift this one when I moved out on my own!

It makes a large pot, probably 6-8 large bowls, and fills the house with the most comforting aroma. People pace the kitchen waiting to dig in. It’s also one of those dishes where the flavors get even deeper and more delicious the second day. You can also make it start to finish—including simmering—in 30 minutes. One warning—the pasta will absorb a lot of the liquid overnight. I recommend reheating on the stove and adding an additional one to two cups of chicken stock.

 Pasta Fagiole Soup


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 package smoked sausage, slice ¼ thick pieces (like hillshire farms, I prefer turkey)

1 onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon dried basil

½ teaspoon dried oregano

1 can black beans, rinsed

1 can diced tomatoes

½ cup red wine (not cooking wine. Adds depth but chicken stock can be subbed)

3 cups chicken stock

2 cups bow tie pasta, uncooked


Boil pasta according to package directions. Cook al dente. Drain and set aside.

 In a large stock pot, cook diced carrot in olive oil. Allow to soften slightly. Add diced celery and onions. Sauté until transparent.

 Add slices of sausage. Stir and let brown. Add remaining ingredients and cooked pasta. Use salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 20 minutes.

 TRY not to eat two bowls.

 So I told you mine. What would YOU choose as YOUR last meal?

7 Comments on “impressive pasta soup OR death row meal: 2, of 3”

  1. 1 johanna said at 11:01 pm on August 27th, 2009:

    Mine might be my mac & cheese. It’s almost time to make it again…. which means pumpkin-white cheddar mac gets tested, finally!!!!

    I really think that my death row meal would have to be mac & cheese. But only good mac & cheese. MY mac & cheese. Or kraft. heh.

  2. 2 Jenny said at 11:03 pm on August 27th, 2009:

    I don’t know…the soup was pretty amazing tonight!
    I am in love with a crab-corn chowder that I make with lots of celery, red pepper, onions, Old Bay seasoning and hot pepper sauce.
    I also love these zucchini-squash fritters that are pan fried in butter. They’re made with toasted bread crumbs, grated veggies, onion, so delish!

  3. 3 Waylon said at 9:56 am on August 28th, 2009:

    wow…mine would be my moms fried chicken, green beans, corn, mashed potatos and gravy, rolls, and homemade cherry pie…

  4. 4 Alyssa said at 11:44 am on August 28th, 2009:

    I would have to say it would probably be a really good sausage and pepper sandwich…because apparently I’m an 80 year old man from little Italy…

  5. 5 leah said at 1:40 pm on August 28th, 2009:

    analyzing the answers!

    joh- i think this says you think highly of your cooking and know what you like in life. and are smart. cheese is a win/win :)

    jenny- i think this says you like to savor life. keen an the details. want to produce something quality.

    waylon- oh man, this says you want it all! you don’t like to pick favorites because it leaves out possibilities. you can’t look at all the angles (though you want to) because they are endless. you also want to be satisfied.

    alyssa- i think this says you savor life, indulge yourself special treats, and you appreciate good memories (family, friends). and that you are an 80 year italian old man :)

    how did i do?!

  6. 6 Briana said at 2:15 pm on August 28th, 2009:

    ooooooooooo that sounds SO good.

    i’m gonna have with my mom/grandpa’s threeway (pinto beans, chili bowl seasoning mix, spaghetti, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and ground beef). simple but SUCH a comfort food for me and mighty yummy. have to go out eating that :)

  7. 7 leah said at 4:08 pm on August 28th, 2009:

    b- you are like me! i think your DRM says you like to be comforted. family and memories are important to you. i know you are pretty adventurous (world traveler!) but i think this also says you want to be sure of things and know who and what you can count on. HOW’D I DO!?

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