• Katherine Arthurs

Weeknight Jazzed Up Pasta Fazool With Cheese Tortellini (Vegetarian)

Who else loves a good hearty soup? I'm all about it.

The fire roasted tomatoes, anchovy paste, garlic + oregano is such a great combination. Add in a Parmesan rind, red pepper flakes + cheese filled tortellini. So good. Plus chicken bone broth + coconut milk make all the difference.

Serve with tortellini, crunchy bread or cornbread muffins - AND it's a meal!

Weeknight Jazzed Up Pasta Fazool With Cheese Tortellini (Vegetarian)

3 oz. pancetta or bacon, chopped fine (optional, to keep it vegetarian)

1 tablespoon good quality olive oil

1 onion, chopped fine

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 leek, cleaned + chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped fine

1 teaspoon anchovy paste

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 bay leaves

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 28 oz. can diced fire roasted tomatoes + sauce

1 (3 by 1 inch) Parmesan cheese rind

4 cups chicken bone broth

1 13.5 can full fat coconut milk, optional

8 oz. cheese tortellini or orzo (or other small pasta)

1 13.5 can white beans, drained

2-3 oz. Parmesan, grated

To garnish - a small bunch of fresh parsley, basil or spinach, chopped

Using a large dutch oven or stock pot, cook the bacon over medium heat. Stirring occasionally to cook until its crispy. Remove the bacon from the pot while leaving the bacon grease in the pot. Place the bacon on a plate to the side. *If you are keeping this vegetarian, leave this step out.

Turn the heat to medium/low heat. Add the olive oil, onion, celery + leeks + sauté for about 4 minutes or until softened. Mix in the garlic, anchovy paste, tomato paste, dried oregano, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, salt + pepper. Cook for 1 minute.

Stir in the roasted tomatoes, parmesan rind, bone broth + coconut milk. Bring the heat up + simmer for 8 minutes. Add in the pasta or cook in a separate pot with boiling water + add at the end when serving (I prefer this method). Turn the heat to low + stir in the white beans, parmesan cheese (leaving a little bit for garnish at the end) + reserved bacon. Discard the Parmesan rind.

Serve + garnish with fresh herbs or spinach + pasta.