I’m only 25% Italian, but I like to claim it like I’m 100%. I grew up enjoying homemade spaghetti sauce regularly and eating Italian salad almost every night.
Now that I am an adult, I appreciate these amazing meals my mom made even more. Pasta night is still a favorite in our house because it is so good – and so easy. Every mama needs some easy meals to go to.
We rarely eat out as we find that we enjoy what we cook at home more, plus it saves us money. I am constantly looking for quick, nutritious and delicious recipes for our family (as you can see from my Pinterest boards). Italian is always a favorite.
Needless to say, I was really excited when I had the opportunity to learn more about Barilla’s efforts to help families make meal time easier with some new recipes for modern families. (More than 85% of parents find pasta to be an easy and nutritious meal.)
For World Pasta Day (today!) Barilla is giving away a free Modern Family Pasta Cookbook to everyone and $1 off coupons on any Barilla sauce (while supplies last- via Facebook (click on Share a Hug). Added bonus, when you get the coupon, you help Feeding America).
We made the Ditalani Soup with White Beans and seriously LOVED it. So, so good – and easy. (We added some Sherry to give the soup a bit more flavor. I love Sherry in soups.) This definitely is going in our regular meal rotation.I love that it has pasta in it and is a vegetarian option, which is something we don’t do often at meal time.
My favorite part of the soup was the fresh Parmesan on the top – it just melted into the soup- yum!
Here’s the recipe:
Pasta Soup With White Beans
1 1/2 c. Ditalini
3 T. olive oil
1 c. diced onion
1 c. carrots, diced
1/2 c. celery, diced
2 gloves minced garlic
48 oz. chicken broth (I used 60 oz)
2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans diced tomatoes
1/4 c. Italian parsley
1 t. oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 c. shaved Parmigianino-Reggiano cheese
Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Sauté 3-4 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add broth and beans. Heat to simmer. Stir in tomatoes, pasta, parsley, oregano, pepper and sale. Boil 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1/2 cup of cheese. Serve topped with remaining cheese.
I definitely encourage you to get Barilla’s free Modern Family Pasta Cookbook in honor of World Pasta Day so you can get this recipe + lots more to make your family a quick and easy meal.
I’d love to know – do you mostly eat at home or eat out? Is pasta in your regular meal rotation?