It has been one chilly winter this year…. I think most of us are in need of some warmth and comfort…..even here in Florida!! So I thought that I would share a little tutorial on a recipe for some lovely warming comfort food! Let’s celebrate the beauty of tomato! Grandma Barosi style! My husband’s Gram used to make this for us when we would visit PA. And she showed me how to make it….but did you ever notice how our wonderful Grandmas, aside from being great cooks, they never really follow recipes! ? They are amazing!! Nevertheless, my dear Mother-in Law translated how to make this, into a format I could work with…..
Fill an approx. 4 1/2 qt. pot half way with water. Bring water to a rapid boil. Then add 1/2 of a 1 lb. box of Ditalini pasta.
Meanwhile, in a fying pan, saute chopped onion and garlic in olive oil, on low heat until transluscent- I like to do this just until the onion is slightly carmelized as it releases the sweetness in the onion.
Open an 8 oz. can of Cannellini (Northern White) Beans, drain and rinse in cool water. Drain excess water and then carefully add the beans to the frying pan with the Onion and Garlic mixture.
Then add to the frying pan mixture one 6 oz. can of tomato paste. Add a little bit of the pasta water to loosen the paste.
Then add one 15 oz. can of Tomato sauce. to the frying pan mixture. Add fresh ground pepper, dried oregano, dried sweet basil and parmesan cheese to the mixture to your taste. (a few shakes of this, a few shakes of that! Don't worry about it !- the soup police won't be after you!! ) Cover the mixture with a lid and cook for 20 min. on low heat.
When the pasta is done cooking, carefully add the tomato mixture right into the pasta and water. ( if you are working on a gas stove, I would remove the water pot from the burner with the flame temporarily for this step.) Then let simmer for about 20 minutes or so to let all of the natural goodness blend and cook through. (Don't be afraid to add a little more water to the soup if you feel you need to)
You’re set! Now all you have to do is just go light a candle on your dinner table and have a lovely cozy meal with your sweetheart! Buon Appetito !!