Pasta Fagioli


Pasta Fagioli

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Pasta Fagioli is a childhood favorite of Chef Mark Cleveland. It’s easy to prepare, has few ingredients, and is always delicious.


1/2 lb baby lima beans – dry1/2 lb white beans – dry2 T miso – optional4 qts Herbal Vegetable Broth Superfoods RX (recipe follows)2 whole bay leaves2 T extra virgin olive oil1 large onion minced3 cloves garlic minced1 head celery sliced28 oz tomatoes – canned crushed2 T marjoram – minced1/4 C basil – rough chop1 lb cooked pastaSalt and pepperHerbal Vegetable Broth Superfoods RX1 gallon water1 C dry vermouth – optional5 whole herbal and green tea bags5 cloves garlic1 large redonion papery – skin only3 medium bay leaves1 C parsley stems2 C vegetable trimmings3 T miso


  1. Herbal Vegetable Broth Superfoods RX
  2. Put water and vermouth to boil while doing the vegetable and herb prep.
  3. Add the tea bags to the cold water.
  4. To the heating water add bay leaves, unpeeled, smashed garlic cloves, onion skin, parsley stems, greens, and miso. Don’t wait for the water to boil first; cooler water extracts the flavor from the aromatics as they heat.
  5. Add any hard woody herbs like, shiitake stems, lemon grass, lemon verbena, thyme with the miso.
  6. Bring broth to a low boil and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Turn off heat, remove tea bags and add any soft delicate herbs like basil leaves, cilantro etc, and allow to steep for another 15 minutes.
  8. When cool enough to handle, strain.
  9. Soak beans in water and cover for 3 hours or overnight.
  10. Discard water.
  11. Cook in broth with miso and bay leaves until tender, about 45 minutes; skim off any foam as it forms.
  12. Saute onion in oil until golden. Add garlic and toss until fragrant and golden. Add to soup.
  13. Add crushed tomatoes and celery with leaves; bring to a simmer. Skim.
  14. When celery is tender (about 5 minutes) stir in herbs and salt and pepper to taste.
  15. Divide pasta among bowls and ladle soup over. Store leftover soup separate from pasta.

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