Braden Family Cookbook
E FAGIOLO (BEAN & PASTA SOUP
the beans and set aside (a rite a side or a left a side)
In a large stockpot heat the
oil over moderate heat until hot. Add
the onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, for five minutes.
Add ham and garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
Add tomatoes, beans, beef stock, thyme, bay leaf and pepper to taste.
Add the Parmesan rind. Bring
to a boil and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
Transfer ½ cup of the beans to a small processor or blender and puree. Return beans to pot and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring liquid to a boil and add pasta. Simmer until pasta is tender - - about 6 minutes, maybe a little longer. Garnish with basil and cheese.