Thursday, November 12, 2009

recipes: pasta fagioli & loaded garlic bread

If you're like me when the cool weather rolls around you think of cozy meals like soups & stews for dinner. While I was at my Grandma's a couple weekends ago and she gave me some magazines to look at. While they are not magazines I would typically look at, I did find a handful of new recipes that peeked my interest. I made the soup the other night, but have not tried the garlic bread recipe. It was on the same page, and looked equally as delicious, and paired with the soup I bet it's fabulous. Enjoy!

Pasta Fagioli
(recipe & photos Family Circle magazine)

1 T. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 32 oz. box reduced sodium chicken stock/broth
2 cans (8 oz. each) no-salt-added tomato sauce
1 t. italian seasoning (although, I added more)
1/2 lb. ditalini pasta
4 carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
2 cans (15 oz. each) cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
1/4 lb. capicola (spicy italian ham)
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper
1 c. water
Grated parmesan cheese

Heat oil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in chicken stock, water, tomato sauce and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil. Add pasta and carrots; simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in beans, capicola, salt and pepper. Heat through.

Serve warm with grated parmesan cheese.

Loaded Garlic Bread
(recipe & photos Family Circle magazine)

6 slices bacon, each cut into 4 pieces
8 T. (1 stick) butter
6 cloves garlic, peeled & finely chopped
1 loaf (12 oz.) crusty Italian bread, cut into 24 slices, about 1/2" thick
3/4 lb. mozzarella cheese, cut into 2 pieces, each cut into 12 slices

Heat oven to 400. Coat 2 large baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

Place bacon on a microwave-safe plate lined with paper towels. Cover with another piece of paper towel. Microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes or until slightly crisp. Drain off fat and set aside. When cool enough to handle, cut into thin strips.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from heat.

Place bread on baking sheets. Spoon on butter and garlic. Top with a slice of cheese; sprinkle with bacon. Bake at 400 for 12 to 15 minutes, until cheese melts and bacon is crisp. Cool slightly.


  1. I'm pretty darn certain, I gained weight (although deliciously) just by looking at those pictures!! Thanks so much for sharing these recipes, I'm going to have to try them out!!

  2. All meals are rich in vitamin a garlic flavor and adds a natural antibiotic and he is good in my swine flu



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