According to tradition, eating Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day will bring you good fortune in the year to come. This Pasta Fagoli is a fast and delicious way to eat your black eyed peas.
Traditionally, pasta fagoli, pronounced “pasta fazool”, is made with white (cannelini) beans, but by substituting black eyed peas this traditional Italian soup gives it a lucky twist. Pasta Fagoli is a hearty, warm and comforting soup that is perfect for cold winter nights. If you want, cook this in the crockpot by letting the ingredients simmer on low and add the pasta when you’re ready to eat dinner!
This Pasta Fagoli is a variation of a recipe that I found in The Sopranos’s Cookbook that DJ had when we first started dating. It has a great collection of traditional Italian recipes that remind him of his childhood. I like this cookbook so much because of how much we like The Sopranos. I am pretty sure that I have seen the entire series 10 times, and God only knows how many times D.J. has seen it. Most of the recipes reflect events that happen in the series, and it makes me smile.
Since it is said that black eyed peas are to bring prosperity in the new year, it is also said at the same time that adding greens to your black eyed peas, in this case spinach, resembles money and will bring you wealth in the new year.
With that being said, here is the recipe for Pasta Fagoli. I wish you good luck and happiness in the year ahead. Happy New Year!
1 can black eyed peas, drained (or white beans for a traditional pasta fagoli)
4 cups chicken stock
1 can diced tomatoes
1 zucchini, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped spinach
2 cups ditalini
2 tbsp olive oil
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook ditalini according to package directions. Drain pasta on the side of the sink, leaving a little bit of pasta water (about 2-3 tbsp) with the ditalini.
Meanwhile, in a large pot, heat olive oil until shimmering, add onions, carrots and zucchini and cook, stirring frequently until onions are translucent – about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant – about 30 seconds.
Add beans and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom.
Add chicken stock and spinach and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and add pasta and pasta water.
Let simmer 15 more minutes – until veggies are tender and serve right away.
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