About two weeks before my mom passed away, she asked if I could help her cook. I always asked her how to make this soup and she would just blurt out the steps and then say, "Oh it's so easy, Deb!" But I never truly grasped it, until she did this... She called me to come down and help her. She said, "Get the cutting board, chop up garlic, onions, parsley, basil---start it like a sauce." And as she was telling me what to do, I kind of figured out she wanted me to learn hands on. I started to get a huge lump in my throat because I knew what she was doing. She always wanted me to cook her recipes---and I loved everything she made so I was more than willing. I never made any soup while mom was alive because that was her gig and I respected that. But she knew she didn't have long here, and shared her treasure with me, so that I could share that treasure with my family.
|Thank you, Mom. Our house smells like you're still here cooking. I miss you.|
I remember my mom making the soup while we lived in the same house. I couldn't make out if she was making an Italian sauce (gravy) or her famous pasta fagioli. You start them the same...
First you pour a little olive oil into a pot.
Take one bulb of garlic and carefully chop them in big elongated slices, so you can see it when you take a scoop of the soup. It's amazing!
Chop up fresh parsley and basil.
Dice one big onion.
Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, a little red pepper and oregano.
Let the mixture of everything sauté for about a minute, not burning the garlic and then add 4 cups of water, 1 small can of tomato paste and 4 cans of cannelloni beans.
Let that simmer for 30 minutes.
Then fill the pot with water or chicken broth to the top with some room for the pasta.
Throw in 5 chicken flavored bullion cubes (by taste and depending on how big your pot is.)
Add in parmesan cheese.
Let it come to another boil.
Turn off burner.
Throw in 1 lb of elbow pasta raw.
Put a lid on it and push it over to the side. The pasta will cook automatically.
And voila --- you have yourself a delicious and healthy soup!
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