Gluten Free Pasta e Fagioli Recipe

Ingredients

Olive Oil: 2-3 tablespoons

Aromatics

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 2-3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced

Protein (optional): 1/2 lb ground beef, Italian sausage, or pancetta (diced)

Broth: 5 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth (low-sodium is ideal)

Tomatoes: 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained

Beans

  • 1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Seasonings

  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Gluten-Free Pasta: 8 ounces gluten-free elbow macaroni, ditalini, or your favorite short pasta

Garnish (optional): Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley

Instructions

1. Prep the Vegetables: Chop the onion, carrots, and celery into small, relatively even pieces. Mince the garlic.

2. Brown the Meat (Optional): If using ground beef, sausage, or pancetta, heat a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the meat and cook, breaking it up, until browned. Drain off excess fat if necessary.

3. Sauté the Aromatics: Add the olive oil to the pot. Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5-7 minutes, or until softened and slightly golden. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, stirring constantly.

4. Build the Soup Base: Add the broth, diced tomatoes (with juices), both cans of beans, Italian seasoning, basil, oregano, thyme, and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.

5. Simmer and Flavor: Let the soup simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. This allows the flavors to meld and the vegetables to fully soften.

6. Cook the Pasta: About 10 minutes before serving, cook the gluten-free pasta according to package directions. Drain well.

7. Finish and Serve: Remove the bay leaf from the soup. Add the cooked pasta to the soup pot and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings. Ladle into bowls and garnish with Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley, if desired.

Tips

Make it Vegan: Omit the optional meat and use vegetable broth for a delicious vegan version.

Spice it Up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little heat.

Pasta Choice: Use any gluten-free pasta shape, just adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Flavor Boost: For deeper flavor, add a parmesan rind to the simmering broth (remove before serving).

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