There are lots of things about autumn that make us feel good. Warm apple cider. The scent of wood smoke. The crunch of leaves under our feet.
Add a warm bowl of pasta to that list.
Here are 8 ideas for pastas that capture the best of the season, that warm us from the inside out, that, well, make us feel good.
2 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small stalk celery
1 can chicken broth
1 can cannelini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup dittalini
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1. In a heavy saucepan cook bacon over moderate heat, stirring until crisp. Add onion and garlic, stirring until onion is soft and transparent. Add celery. Add broth and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.
2. In a bowl mash 1/3 of the beans, then stir them into the onion mixture along with the remaining whole beans, tomatoes, and oregano. Simmer the soup, covered for 15 minutes, or until pasta is al dente. Then remove from heat and let stand, still covered, for 5 minutes.
3. Stir in parsley and top with (lots of!) Parmesan. Feast. less