Skillet Pasta Fagioli


  Southern Living Quick and Easy had this recipe for Skillet Pasta Fagioli which I decided to try. Really it is a glorified casserole, but done in one pan. I had to look up what Fagioli was, Pasta with beans. 
  This is somewhat different in that it is not a soup as several recipes I saw were, and that it has buttermilk and chili powder in it. Seems like a strange combination with the oregano and thyme, but it works. Some grated Parmesan cheese was good with it.
  I made the full recipe and it was enough for five of us with some left for lunches. 
  If the picture looks familiar, it is because I used it for a post about the biscuits. I plated everything up as that is the easiest when you are feeding 5 people in a small kitchen. Hence, no separate picture of the casserole or biscuits. Don’t let the list of ingredients scare you, it is quick to put together, remember one pan!
Skillet-Style Pasta Fagioli
1 pound of pork sausage or ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 16 ounce can of tomatoes*
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup of uncooked elbow macaroni
1 (16 ounce) can of kidney beans
1 ½ teaspoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
½ teaspoon each dried oregano and thyme
  Brown meat, onion, garlic, in large skillet; drain of any grease. Add remaining ingredients; stir. Cover; place on high heat until steaming. Reduce heat to low and simmer 25 minutes or until macaroni is cooked. 
Yield 6 to 8 servings
* Canned tomatoes and canned kidney beans are now in smaller size cans. I added an ounce and a half of water to make up for the smaller amount of tomatoes, and just used the size of kidney beans that I had. They are now 15 ounces. You have to add the extra ounce of water so there is enough liquid for the macaroni.

7 comments:

  1. This looks a lot like what we always called "Slumgullion"! My kids loved it. No buttermilk or beans in it though. I'll have to try this version.

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  2. I was surprised at the buttermilk also, but it worked. The beans of course are what makes it a Fagioli. Also adds some fiber to the recipe and stretchs the meat a little further.

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  3. Hi,
    I've been following your website for a while and decided to make this last night. What a great recipe! Wasn't sure about the buttermilk but, we really liked it. This was fast, easy and enjoyed by all of our family. Thank you.

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  4. So glad you liked it. I wasn't sure about the buttermilk either, but we like it and I fix it at least once a month.

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  5. I had seen this in a magazine yrs ago and we loved it. I had lost my recipe and finally found yours! I usually rinse my beans.

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  6. Glad we could help you with a lost recipe. I will have to try rinsing the beans the next time I make this.

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  7. I had lost my recipe too and also rinse the beans. Thanks for posting!

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