I have been struggling with a migraine for the past few days, I find that whenever I become stressed at work a migraine will be shortly around the corner.
I also find that as soon as a migraine hits I start to crave wholesome hearty comfort foods to help heal the pain, but it has to be something relatively easy because the last thing I want to be doing is standing in the kitchen for hours.
Dylan took a boys trip this week so it was just me, I couldn’t even guilt trip him into cooking for me so dinner really had to be super quick and easy as I just wanted to retreat back into my bed and sleep this migraine off.
I had a craving for both soup and pasta so what better to make than Pasta e Fagioli Soup, it ticks all the boxes soup, pasta, hearty, comforting, quick and easy.
Pasta e Fagioli Soup
- ½ cup ditalini pasta
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 5 cloves smoked garlic*, crushed
- 1 brown onion, diced
- 3 carrots, diced
- 4 celery stalks, diced
- 4 cups low sodium vegetable stock
- 2 cans crushed tomatoes
- 1 small tub of tomato paste
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 can kidney beans, drained
- 1 can cannellini beans, drained
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a pot cook add the pasta to boiling water and leave to cook until al dente**.
- Place a large pot on high heat and add the oil, garlic, onion, carrot, celery and cook for around 4 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften.
- Add to the mixture the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, thyme, kidney beans, cannellini beans, salt and pepper to taste then bring to the boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.
- Pour in the drained pasta and then serve immediately.
* Smoked garlic helps to add to the smoky flavour but regular garlic will do just as well.
**Cook the pasta till al dente as it will continue to cook once placed back in the soup.
This recipe is wonderfully easy and felt like a big warm, comforting tummy hug, just what was needed before heading back into bed to sleep off the migraine.
Let me know if you give this recipe a try, do you have any recipes that are a must have when not feeling well?