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pasta fazool

April 18, 2010

I can’t cook but I try.  I’ve always liked that song That’s Amore,  Have you ever wondered what is meant by the lyrics that go “when the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool”?

There are many recipes for pasta fazool, which the older generation of Itallians called pasta e fagioli.  It’s a soupy dish, although some versions are a bit thicker.  It’s largely vegetarian but there are a few recipes that call for meat.

So what distinguishes pasta fazool from, say, bean soup?  For one thing, the beans should be white.  And the pasta should be small, like elbow macaroni.  Other ingredients include olive oil, garlic, onion, spices, and tomatoes.  It’s a peasant dish that utilizes an economical source of protein, and definitely a comfort food.  I’m going to make some today.

Tanzanian soup

September 26, 2009

tansoupingrThis is my version of a recipe for Tanzanian soup that was in circulation a few Lents ago in Lutheran churches.  In this area, Lenten services, at least the ones I know about, tend to focus on issues of social justice, world hunger, etc.  One year there were suggested recipes for each of the weeks of Lent, featuring various world cultures.  The idea was to have a soup and sandwich supper and to encourage self examination along with a church service.  The ingredients are rice, beans, fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, coconut milk, bell pepper, and curry powder (about a half teaspoon).  It is very good and tastes good on a cool fall evening as well as early spring.