Ok, here is an excellent recipe for a hearty Italian soup that everyone swears is addictive once tasted. What I like about this recipe is that it is made of things you can have on stock in your pantry and freezer, except for the celery, so there's no need to run to the market when you are busy or the weather is bad.
Take 1/2 to 1 lb. good quality ground beef and brown it in your sauce pan.
Toss in one finely chopped medium onion and a few stalks of chopped celery.
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can Cannellini beans (small white kidney beans) that have been DRAINED and WELL-RINSED!
1 can sliced carrots
2 cans beef broth
Allow to simmer for a while, heating thoroughly. About 10 to 12 minutes before serving, add
3/4 cup Ditalini pasta. This is the pasta that resembles ziti noodles cut down to a short size. Elbows would also work.
When the Ditalini is tender, serve up!
Your family and friends will love you for this one!
By the way, Pasta E Fagioli is pronounced "Pasta Fa-zool"