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If you visit many Italian restaurants, this soup might be a special on the menu, and you’ll often hear it pronounced "pasta fazool." Pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans) is a soup-type dish you can easily make at home. This pasta recipe is inexpensive to put together, hearty and delicious!
Pasta e fagioli was known as a "peasant dish" in Italy because it was a filling meal that was an inexpensive pasta recipe to make with easy-to-come-by ingredients. That’s the charm of this dish, along with its versatility. Use an assortment of veggies -- whatever is on hand works! Add any small-sized pasta you have, or even break up spaghetti to make small pieces.
Perfect as a main ingredient in a Meatless Monday meal, beans are high in protein and fiber and low in fat and cholesterol. Beans are considered legumes (and so are peas, lentils and even peanuts) and make a good replacement food for meats due to their nutritional content and great texture and flavor.
Cutting meat from your diet, even once a week, may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. The folks at the Meatless Monday organization are often asked about nutrition. Check out the following Q&A from Meatless Monday:
Q: Do I need to worry about getting enough protein on Meatless Monday?
A. No. Protein deficiency is very rare, even in full-time vegetarians. As long as you’re eating enough calories to maintain a healthy weight and following the USDA’s healthy diet guidelines, you’re almost certain to get enough protein.
Pasta e fagioli is a great source of protein for your diet and perfect for a Meatless Monday meal!
Pasta e fagioli recipe (pasta with beans)
Recipe courtesy of Grab a Plate
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