pasta e fagioli with sausage dumplings- SOUP

Delicious soup as a meal!

pasta e fagioli with sausage dumplings- SOUP
pasta e fagioli with sausage dumplings- SOUP

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 4 thin slices pancetta, chopped

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained

  • 3/4 pound ground pork

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 cup (a handful) breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup (a handful) grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

  • more for serving on top

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 1 cup ditalini-shaped pasta

  • 1 loaf crusty bread

Directions

Place a large saucepot over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the pancetta to the pan and cook until crispy, 3-4 minutes. Add the onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf and garlic to the pan with some salt and pepper, and cook until the veggies are tender, 5-6 minutes. Add the tomato paste to the pan and cook until aromatic and brick red in color, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock, water and beans to the pot, and bring the liquids up to a bubble. While the soup is heating up, combine the pork, egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, fennel seeds, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Mix everything well with your hands to combine. When liquids are at a bubble, reduce the heat to medium and form the meat into 1-inch balls, dropping them into the soup as you go. Simmer the dumplings until cooked through, about 8 minutes. In a separate pot prepare pasta al dente Serve the soup with some crusty bread alongside and more grated Parm at the table. store pasta separately or it will absorb all of the liquid.

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