This simple homemade soup is a delicious, healthy way to start the new year right!
Well here we are, in the year 2016. Do you remember when we were younger and saying a year that started with “20” made it sound like we were on Star Trek or something? So outlandishly in the future that surely by then there would be hoverboards, flying cars, computer chip-in-your-head communication devices and such? I guess some of those things exist, but it’s not like you see them every day or anything, get with it smart people, make this whole flying car thing happen!
Anyway, now that the holidays are over, I know you guys are all ready to get back on track with your eating and your workouts, right? I know I am, I definitely had a few too many cookies and it’s possible that my weights have collected some dust. It happens. It’s ok though, because since I’ve started the 21 Day Fix, I find it so much easier to get back on track. Mostly because I feel like a few extra cookies and a few missed workouts doesn’t really take me off track. Also, Body Beast was a bit of a bust for me, I know a lot of you guys really love it, but I have a hard time fitting the longer workouts into my schedule, whereas I don’t have that problem with the Fix. I think after I get another round or two in I may graduate to 21DF Extreme though. At least my husband is still liking Body Beast so it wasn’t a waste of money or anything.
But I digress, how was everyone’s Christmas? Mine was pretty darn perfect. We had a wonderful Christmas day at home in which we opened our presents, played all day and ate sushi for dinner. It. was. awesome. So which gift totally won Christmas? Our family gift from Santa, this microphone stand karaoke machine. Seriously, have I mentioned that I’m also a private rockstar? True story. Anyway, then we went to Ohio and visited lots of friends and family. There’s just nothing like a trip home, I’m missing everyone already.
Ok, let me just say that looking at this picture right now makes me wish wholeheartedly that I had a bowl of this amazing soup in front of me. It’s actually really cold in my house right now for some reason (even though the thermostat claims that it’s 72, that lying jerk-face) so I’m doing the next best thing and drinking a cup of hot tea, which makes me super happy. You may remember my winter-time tea obsession from my Roasted Veg Chicken Chili post. Somehow I’ve managed to collect several more (ok, at least 10) varieties of tea since then, I just don’t even know how it happens. It’s a disease, people. Anyway, I recently received some awesome teas from the fine folks at Plum Deluxe and they were so good! They have a ton of great, fun flavors, but my favorite that I received was their Oregon Breakfast Black Tea, it smells ah-mazing (it’s the hazelnut, I freaking LOVE hazelnut). I also like that they have a tea-of-the-month club that you can gift. I won’t say that I want someone to get that for me or anything though, because that would just be crazy.
Anyway, back to this soup. I feel like Pasta Fagioli is one of those you either love it or you hate it kind of things. I think it’s because of the chickpeas, they’re a bit of a controversial ingredient. I used to be firmly on the “hate it” team, but not even because of the chickpeas. You see, this recipe is the original one from my grandmother (which I absolutely adore), but it’s not the way my mom makes it and I really don’t know why. I suppose she makes it the way she likes it best, which is using whole canned tomatoes instead of our delicious homemade sauce. I never liked the texture of that because there would always be the hard-ish pieces from the stem end of the tomato and it just felt wrong. Sorry, Mom! Also, large pieces of tomato that you’d have to work your butt off to cut with a spoon (not an easy task) just to consume. In truth, I may be a bit of a lazy eater, which is why I never order fajitas in a restaurant. If I wanted to make it myself I would have stayed home. Pretty much the only restaurant item that I’m willing to work for are crab legs. Because crab.
A few things about this recipe: I used leftover sauce from my All Day Tomato Sauce recipe, but feel free to use whatever no-sugar-added tomato sauce (pasta sauce, not plain tomato sauce from a can) that you like or have on hand. Because I used this sauce, which has a higher calorie count than a meat-free sauce, I counted this as a purple. If you are using a no-sugar-added pasta sauce from a jar or maybe made the All Day Tomato Sauce without the meat, you can count it as a green. If you have any questions on how to count this, feel free to contact me, I’m happy to help!
Also, it might be tough to find the whole wheat ditalini pasta at the store, so I ordered mine (this is the one that I used), but you could certainly sub any small pasta shape (or even whole wheat pearl couscous – like this stuff – which you can usually get at the store). Since there isn’t a protein in this soup, I usually eat it for lunch or as a snack, but you could always throw in a little cooked chicken if you like 🙂
If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂
Disclaimer: I received free product from Plum Deluxe Teas. All opinions are my own.