Inside the Engine 2 Meal Planner : Pasta e Fagioli

I recently signed up for the Engine 2 Meal Planner but I have yet to put it to the test. When the skies opened up and dumped a ton of rain on my kiddos and I after school the other day, I decided that it was the perfect time to test out one of the recipes that I had bookmarked, Pasta e Fagioli! Soup during a downpour just sounded amazing.

What I love most about this recipe and the Meal Planner itself, is that I did not intentionally plan to cook this soup this week; HOWEVER, I had ALL the ingredients already in my pantry! Although the Meal Planner does have a nifty shopping list feature that I plan to put use when I do my weekend grocery haul and meal planning.

Pasta e Fagioli (pronounced Fazuul) literally means Pasta and Beans. I am 50% Italian and I absolutely LOVE this soup. I’ve been making it for years from an old recipe but I am always open to other variations. You really cannot go wrong with this dish. Historically it is a peasant soup and is labeled as such because it was (and is) inexpensive to make but it is hearty and nourishing.

The ingredients are pretty basic: Onions, beans, pasta, broth, garlic etc. I had a rogue zucchini in my refrigerator and decide to throw that in as well. Never be afraid to add more veggies!

The only real work needed to make this soup is chopping. I happen to love chopping veggies and that stems from my training at Rouxbe’s Cooking School, but for this meal I cheated just a little and used a manual mini food processor to chop my onions and garlic. I will give you one cooking tip though, if you dread chopping veggies and you don’t have a mini food processor, invest in a sharp knife. It will make all the difference for you I promise (just be careful!).

Once all the veggies are chopped and ready to go, it’s just a matter of tossing everything into a large soup pot. If you choose to add zucchini like I did, just toss it in when you add the beans. I also used fresh kale and not frozen (because I didn’t have any frozen kale) and added it at the same time.

Another great feature of the Meal Planner is that you can adjust the serving sizes! I chose 2 large servings PLUS leftovers which turned into 4 servings total. Be warned though, this soup made way more than 4 servings! Not a bad thing at all because now we have lunch for the next few days! Win win.

The soup was finished in about 10 minutes total, maybe more depending on the type of pasta you pick. All in all, it was delicious. I topped my bowl with crushed red pepper flakes, some nutritional yeast and some cracked black pepper. I do think it needs more spices before serving to give it that extra zing!

This meal could not be any easier to make and I love the serving options within the Meal Planner itself. I look forward to trying different Engine 2 Meal Planner meals and sharing them with all of you. If you’d like to make your own Pasta e Fagioli, just click HERE for the recipe. Buon Appetito!

Stay Plant-Strong!

~Pam