Quick Pasta e Fagioli

 

This version of the classic Italian bean-and-pasta soup features butter beans (giant lima beans). The meaty yet silky texture of the beans contrasts nicely with the chewy ditalini pasta. Serve the soup with some good crusty bread.

What you will need

3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 ribs celery, finely chopped

1 medium onion, finely chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

5 cups lower-salt chicken broth

1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes

4 to 5 large basil leaves, coarsely torn; more small leaves for garnish (optional)

1 bay leaf

2 15-oz. cans butter beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup ditalini pasta

1/3 oz. Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated (about 1/3 cup)

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