Cooking · Dinner

I love Mark Bittman

That was my facebook status today… I love Mark Bittman. 😀 I also love his recipe for Pasta e Fagioli, or pasta and bean soup. When I woke up this morning it was the only thing I could think of. One of the great things about having holidays at your extended family’s house is that you do not have endless amounts of leftovers. I was so excited that we actually needed something to eat for dinner tonight!

I enjoyed a restful morning. Before I went to bed last night I set my alarm for 8:45 so I did not “sleep the day away” as my dad used to say. (I still have an uncanny ability to sleep for hours and hours at a time – something I have been doing since the day I was born.) I was glad that I set my alarm, and that I was able to get up at a decent hour (9 o’clock). Eventually I started gathering the ingredients for Bittman’s pasta e fagioli. I wanted to see what I had first at home, and then I made a list of things I needed to pick up at the market.


Low sodium chicken broth (to cans)

3 cups of cannellini beans

1 large an of kitchen ready tomatoes

lots of garlic

freshly chopped parsley

1 large onion chopped

Rosemary, 1 teaspoon

extra virgin olive oil

3 cups of water

freshly ground pepper

mini bow tie pasta

freshly grated Parmesan for garnish

Even though some of my ingredients were from a can, the soup still tastes just soooo fresh. I love making my own soups because I can use low sodium ingredients, and things taste like they are right out of a farmers market or something.

I do realize that I never take photos as I am cooking – I think I get a bit wrapped up in the process. But today I actually remembered to take a few photos while I was cooking. Now you can see what a messy kitchen I keep 🙂


My chopping area, with spices, bread, cheese and pasta on the side.

My stove with the pasta already cooked, and the soup coming to a boil:


The final product:


Oh it is soo good. If you do not already have it, pick up How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. It is one of my favorite cookbooks.


One thought on “I love Mark Bittman

  1. What beautiful presentation! I am a big fan of hearty soups in the winter and this one looks delicious. It’s time I tried out Bittman!

    My lunch today consisted of the lentil and kielbasa soup from Barefoot in Paris- another good one. It was very hearty and flavorful. And exactly what we should be eating when its 16 degrees outside…

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