WHITE BEAN AND PASTA SOUP


The inspiration for this soup was from “Everyday Italian” by Giada De Laurentis. There was one episode where a spicy soup, corn bread, and hot chocolate with chili. I loved the way she prepared the soup. It looked so colorful that I decided to give it a try. She added carrots and broccoli in the soup. I used only white beans, zucchini, and celery here since my husband does not like carrots and I don’t like broccoliL. To make this dish more diabetic-friendly, any whole grain pasta can be added instead of regular ones. I have also used canned tomatoes here to add more flavor to the dish. If needed, regular chopped tomatoes can also be added.

INGREDIENTS:
White beans, 1 cup, soaked overnight.
Red onion, 1.
Garlic, 2 cloves.
Canned tomatoes, about ½ can.
Tomato paste, 1 tablespoon.
Chili powder, 1 teaspoon.
Pasta, any type, 1 cup.
Salt as per taste.
Olive oil, 1 tablespoon.

PREPARATION:
Soak the beans overnight and cook them until they are tender. Chop the onion, into small pieces and keep aside. Crush the garlic coarsely. Heat a pot with some olive oil. Add the onions along with the crushed garlic and sauté them for a minute. When the onions are tender, add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, cooked beans, chili powder, and salt along with 5 cups of water. Cook the soup closed for 10 minutes. Then add the pasta and let it cook until it is al-dente. Take care not to overcook the pasta. If the pasta is overcooked, they start to fall apart and don’t taste good. Switch off the stove and serve the soup garnished with a teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil on top. This hearty soup goes well with any bread.

18 comments:

Shreya said...

hi this is very new to me. I always make fusilli with some sauce, but with a soup is too good. healthy with red bean:-)

Usha said...

Good combination of veggies and protein and pasta,loved it..looks delicious :-)

Vaishali said...

I love pasta dishes that include beans. This sounds like a delicious dish, Gita.

anudivya said...

Like soups with pasta a lot. I got to try it with red bean sometime.

Meg said...

I love red beans. This looks amazing. Will have to try this!

Purva Desai said...

This soup looks really soothing and fusilli as a soup sounds really interesting...
Ve bookmarked this recipe will try this for sure..

Viki Xavier. said...

This soup with fusilli is a great idea and good diet too. I will surely try this for our dinner and tell you soon.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Red Beans and pasta wow. Soup looks yummy. First time here, i also like baked potato manchurian. Awesome recipes. Will visit soon.

viji said...

different soup with fusilli gita.. ur blog is also good yaar.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

fibreous and nutritious soup, great presentation...

Viki Xavier. said...

Hi Gita,
Thanks for your encouragement . Keep visiting me. Happy weekend.
Regards, viki.

Sunshinemom said...

This looks so hearty and tasty! Great pasta dish:)

Astra Libris said...

Oooh, your soup sounds so scrumptious and healthful! Such a perfect hearty supper - thank you for the great recipe!

Jaishree said...

Hi Gita,I love red beans.this is very new to me and looks amazing. Will have to try this!

Sujatha said...

my first time to your blog! and you do have a good collection.. I loved your soup and also the baked potato manchurian!

Vidhya said...

Soup looks really yummy and nutritious.

anudivya said...

I am from there too! He he he.

sunshinemom said...

What a delectable concoction - fusilli with red beans! Will try this when I get back home - Thank you so much for giving me the link:)