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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?