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Pasta Fagioli (red sauce)

  • 3 cups cannellini beans (or 2 15 oz cans – rinsed thoroughly)
  • 3 cups red kidney beans (or 2 15 oz. cans – rinsed thoroughly)
  • 5 Tbl extra virgin olive oil
  • 9 cloves of garlic (whole, smushed with the back of a knife)
  • 20 oz. organic tomato sauce (canned)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (ground)
  • 5 sage leaves (cut in half)
  • 24 oz. chicken broth or water (you may need to add more at the end to adjust thickness)
  • 3” x 3” rind of parmigiano cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 lb pasta

Prep Time

Add olive oil to the bottom of a large pot on a medium flame. Add garlic cloves and sauté until golden. Add tomato sauce, salt, pepper and sage and cook for 15 minutes. Add beans, parmigiano rind and chicken broth/water. Cook for another 30 minutes. Cook pasta in boiling, salted water until al dente (slightly firm).

Add pasta to a large serving bowl and add the beans and sauce. There should be a high bean/sauce to pasta ratio. Drizzle with a good quality olive oil and sprinkle grated parmigiano or romano cheese if desired.

Serves 6.