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Pasta Fagiole… and More


There’s something about a 24-inch snowfall that makes you want to cook hearty, comforting food. For us, it was pasta fagiole, the classic Italian pasta and bean soup. As the snow fell relentlessly for 24 hours straight, we were warm and cozy inside, cooking up a storm to rival the one outside. We’ve lived in the South so long, we don’t even own a snow shovel.

I hadn’t made “pasta fazool” in ages, and suddenly Jon and I were both craving it. I usually make it with cannellini beans and elbow macaroni, but with the snow raging, I had to make due with pinto beans and tiny tri-color shell pasta. It may be a new favorite combination. I sautéed some onion and garlic, added diced tomatoes and a little tomato sauce I had on hand, some basil, oregano, crushed red pepper, and salt and pepper. Within 20 minutes, it was ready. I especially love the way the pasta absorbs much of the flavorful broth, making the finished dish less a soup, but no less delicious. Let it snow!

Speaking of snow, one of the ducks who shares our property with us decided to make his very own “snow angel.” How cute is that?


1,000 Vegan Recipes News:

1,000 Vegan Recipes
has been popping up all over lately and thanks to everyone who has blogged, commented, or written such great things about my new book. There are two in particular that I would like to share here. The first is from the December e-newsletter of cookbook author Nava Atlas and the second is from this month’s e-newsletter of Howard Lyman, the “Mad Cowboy” himself. (They both also posted sample recipes!)

from Nava’s e-newsletter:
“Okay, vegans, here it is—your very own Joy of Cooking. Covering every culinary angle under the sun, Robin’s tome is a great resource and reference for every vegan kitchen. Robin has been a great colleague for many years and is a prolific and talented food writer. Her recipes reflect the way I like to cook, with creative variations on easily available ingredients and streamlined procedures. …The Soy-Tan Dream Cutlets, made from both tofu and gluten, cooked up quickly and were indeed a dream for my sons, who love “meaty” items made from these ingredients; I paired these cutlets with Golden Mushroom Gravy, which has a hearty base of pureed chickpeas. I inadvertently increased the quantity for this, which made for quite a lot of gravy, but no matter—tonight I used the leftovers as a base for really good soup Chocolate Chip-Banana Bread was every bit as good as Robin’s testers claim it to be.” — Nava Atlas

from Howard’s e-newsletter:

“Robin Robertson’s 1,000 Vegan Recipes is the perfect book for a start towards a healthy new diet. Robin has created a must have for everyone interested in not only tasty food, but food that is good for you. 1,000 Vegan Recipes is the crown jewel of cook books.” —Howard F. Lyman LL.D., “The Mad Cowboy”

(Thank you, Nava and Howard!)

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  • Glauce December 23, 2009, 8:21 pm

    OMG, pasta fagiole is so good! I miss that!!

  • Robin at Vegan Planet December 23, 2009, 9:55 pm

    Glauce, I didn't realize how much I missed it until I made it. It really is good, so if you're missing it, maybe you should go make some!

  • Erin December 28, 2009, 8:17 pm

    I received your book 1000 Vegan Recipes for Christmas after making several dishes from this site and telling my husband I really wanted it. Can't wait to get started making some of your wonderful creations.

    We have an elderly Chocolate Lab named Toby, who loves vegetables, especially squash (all types), carrots, mushrooms, leeks, rutabagas, everything except lettuce.

    We went out to finish our Christmas shopping a couple of days before Christmas and when we got home, he had dragged your book out from under the tree and begun unwrapping it. Out of all the gifts there, he wanted the book. Had to tell you the story.

    Happy cooking from Colorado.

  • Robin at Vegan Planet December 28, 2009, 11:12 pm

    Hi Erin, Toby sounds like a wonderful dog. It's so great that he enjoys all those vegetables! Thanks for sharing the story about him unwrapping the book — that's too funny! I hope you both enjoy the book. Happy cooking to you, too!

  • ???? December 28, 2009, 11:56 pm

    Happy New Year! Thank you for the beautiful blog & delicious ideas!

  • ???? December 28, 2009, 11:56 pm

    Happy New Year! Thank you for the beautiful blog & delicious ideas!

  • bchmomx3 December 29, 2009, 4:57 pm

    I also received your new cookbook for Christmas. I have already made “New World Chili”, which I am happy to say my 3 children devoured it. They claimed that it was their new favorite chili recipe. :)

    I have 3 other recipes on my menu for this week.

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