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Pasta e Piselli


Last updated 1/20/2021 at 9:43am

Our fastest soup – just 10 minutes to prepare, 15 minutes to cook. Cousin to the Italian favorite Pasta e Fagioli (pasta and beans), this is made with peas instead. Dust with freshly grated Parmesan for an irresistible touch.

2 cups (about 8 ounces) mixed pasta shapes or elbow macaroni

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, crushed with side of chef’s knife

2 cans (14 1/2-ounce) chicken broth, or 3 1/2 cups homemade chicken broth

1 can (14 1/2-ounce) diced tomatoes

1/4 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped

1 package (10-ounce) frozen peas, thawed

Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Cook pasta as label directs in boiling salted water; drain.

2. Meanwhile, in 4-quart saucepan or saucepot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook until golden, about 5 minutes.

3. Remove saucepan from heat. Then, carefully add chicken broth, tomatoes with their juice, basil and 1/2 cup water. Return to heat; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 5 minutes; discard garlic.

4. Add peas and pasta; heat through. Serve soup with grated Parmesan cheese if you like. Serves 5.

* Each serving: About 290 calories, 7g total fat (1g saturated), 8mg cholesterol, 705 mg sodium, 46g carb., 11g protein.

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