Somewhere in blog land one day, as I was blog hopping and following links, I found a wonderful fabulous site called The Perfect Pantry. Best site ever for recipes, pantry items, etc. I'm always looking for new recipes that do not include meat and even though it's hot now and soup would be ever so more yummy in the cold winter, we still enjoy it now.
Here is a fabulous recipe for Pasta e fagiole soup shown above.
I would make a few changes to the recipe based on what happened when I made the soup. It's a quick cook recipe, but I let mine simmer longer. Thus my liquid ended up being sucked out and I ended up adding about 2 more cups of stock. Mainly because a 1/2 pound of pasta was way too much. 1/4 pound even may be too much. Next time I'll add a couple generous handfuls and call it a day. I also added 3-4 carrots, and another half can of beans. After we ate the first night, the liquid was still scarce so I made up 2 cups of veg stock and poured it right over the soup and put it in the fridge, this let it "marinate" and mix with the soup and it was fantastic the second night.
Another image I just had to show you...isn't this the prettiest sight! All those lovely veggies turn such a bright color when they start to saute in the pot. I've always wanted one of those fantastic 6 qt. Lemongrass lime green Le Creuset pots from Williams Sonoma, but could never make myself pay $240 for one. My lovely heavy 6 qt cast iron pot came from Walmart and was $50 Made by Lodge. No doubt it will last forever and red is still a great color, especially with a lovely side of extra $$$ green $$$.