Pasta Fagioli

My first endeavor in cooking since I got home....I was craving something a little more exciting than a sandwich for lunch, so I put some penne on to boil and whipped up a yummy rustic pasta fagioli.

 Pasta Fagioli is a dish my grandma often made for us growing up. If my Dad or Grandpa were out of town, (since they weren't big fans of pasta) we headed over to Grandma's house and had bowl after bowl of her simple blended bean and tomato sauce over elbow noodles. It's a traditional Italian dish and my grandma always blended the sauce till it was smooth. For this "rustic" version, I added a bunch more veggies and left the beans simply mashed.
We had some fresh garden tomatoes, zucchini, basil and parsley, which I threw in a skillet with some bell peppers, onions, garlic and carrots. Once they were sauteed, I added a can of white beans, mashed them, and then stirred in half a jar or so of marinara sauce. 

 Here's my sister's bowl. (Also, credit to her for all the lovely photography!) I topped mine with a fried egg. I have an obsession with topping pasta with fried eggs, I love the way the yolk mixes with the sauce. So rich and delicious! Plus it's a great way to add some protein to a pasta dish. This was a great fall meal (which happens to be vegetarian) that fills your belly and warms you from the inside out.
 I started a white beret for one of my friends, Micaela, while we were still in Kona, and still hadn't finished it by the time we left Korea. I was going to make up a pattern, but I ended up using Amanda Muscha's Brambles Beret from Knitty instead.

 I finally finished it and shipped it off to her a week or two after I got home.
 Such a pretty pattern. I love these chunks of seed stitch inside the cables!
You can see it on Ravelry right here:


  1. That beret is so ridiculously adorable! You are so talented!


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