Emeril’s One Pot Cooking Party: Pasta e Fagiole

This is the fourth recipe of Emeril’s Cooking Party! Here are parts one, two and three if you missed them.

I’m kind of sick of being in the kitchen after the birthday party extravaganza, so I was browsing Emeril’s book for something that looked relatively easy and also something that didn’t require going to the store. (Our fridge is FULL of leftover beer–anyone want to come over for a cold one?) I also wanted something semi-healthy since I’ve eaten more pulled pork, coleslaw, potato chips, and cake pops than I care to admit. I came upon this recipe and knew it would be the one I could whip up fairly quickly. Granted, I had to make a few a lot of changes in order to avoid the grocery store but the results were delicious! Changes I made included:

1. I subbed out kale for spinach. I always have spinach in my fridge, kale, not so much.

2. I halved the recipe, sort of. Halved some things….cut other things in thirds…doubled other things…left some ingredients the same. It’s how I roll in my kitchen. No rules.

3. I added chicken. Have you heard about my husband? He’s the opposite of a vegetarian.  Plus I had some poached chicken diced up and waiting in my freezer for a moment like this.

4. I used pesto-filled tortellini instead of regular pasta. Because it sounded good! (And it was.)

5. I added diced red peppers. I have this thing about adding vegetables to everything. I can’t help myself. I’m the opposite of this girl in that regard.

6. I left out some spices (garlic, basil) and used Italian style diced tomatoes. (I still included red pepper flakes and fresh thyme). I’ve had the tomatoes in my pantry forever because I bought them by accident. Do people use the Italian style tomatoes? I never do. I used the whole can instead of just a little, as Emeril recommended. I didn’t want leftovers. Also, please refer to #5.

7. Emeril’s recipe called for some mashed beans and some whole beans. I did all mashed beans. Because I forgot to reserve some whole beans. Whoops. I could have stolen the 5 or 6 I reserved for my daughter, but I didn’t think that would be enough to make a difference.

So basically I killed Emeril’s original recipe. Please don’t hate me, Emeril. I’m sure yours is delicious too, and I’m also absolutely sure my version would have never come about if not for you. And once again, I apologize that I cannot provide you with the recipe. Keep your eyes open for the book giveaway–it will be happening at the end of this week or the beginning of next week. Or you can pre-order your copy by clicking here.

Verdict: Turned out great! Came together so quickly (can’t beat that!), and it was healthy and delicious. It was sort of half soup, half pasta dish. All yummy.
Husband’s take: He loved it! Went back for seconds. He didn’t have anything bad to say about it. He said it would be good with mushrooms (what wouldn’t be good with mushrooms?) but I didn’t have any in the fridge. 
Changes I would make:
Difficulty: Easy!

Full disclosure: For my commitment to this blogger cooking party, I received a copy of this cookbook, as well as a set of Emeril – by zak! Table Art 7-piece Flame-Shaped Serving Bowls, and Emeril Seasoning; a $50 grocery reimbursement and Emeril cookbooks upon completion of the party. The top performing blogger, as selected by T-Fal, will be awarded an Emeril by T-Fal Slow Cooker. You will be eligible to win a copy of the cookbook, as well as the 7-piece zak! set (stick around to hear more about those two things). All opinions about the book and recipes, as always, are my own.

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  4. Saved as a favorite, I really like your site! :)

  5. Why wasn’t I invited to the party? That pasta is calling my name. Like calling my name- I have to have it- give this pregnant woman that pasta!

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  7. I’ve made 7 dishes so far and am struggling to try to decide on the final two, but after seeing your post this one is definitely climbing up the list. Easy and delicious are right up my alley :) Looks great!

  8. It looks so good though! I feel you though, I’ve become the improvise queen with all these recipes. Some of the ingredients I’ve never heard of!

  9. i love good one pot meals. this look so tasty!

  10. a one pot wonder! Wonderful dish :)

  11. Sounds yum, especially with the addition of pesto tortellini and poached chicken!

  12. Who needs rules? Break ’em all!

  13. I love that tortellini! These recipes sound so delicious. I can’t wait to get my hands on that cookbook!

  14. This looks so good, it makes me hungry. The best part about cooking is you can substitute ingredients with ones you like best. Sounds like you have a winner of a revamped recipe. Plus your photo looks great!

  15. This looks so freakin’ good! Yum! I will have to remember this recipe. It is the start of soup season, after all.

  16. I love pasta e fagioli (my nonna used to make it for me all the time as a little girl), and this ain’t it. Having said that, what you did make (you’ll need to give it a new name) looks delicious!

    • Ha! Not going to argue with you there! I know for a fact I turned it into something completely different–but that’s pasta e fagiole was the Emeril recipe I started with ;). How did you nonna make it for you?

  17. Woah, this looks delicious! Filled with pesto!? Yes please!

  18. That looks excellent. I’m a huge fan of one-pot cooking.

  19. Sounds like you did a great job with all of your substitutions! Looks like a wonderful dish!

  20. Great dish! I love 1/2 pasta, 1/2 soup dishes. I buy this tortellini all the time.

  21. Mmm, this looks like exactly what I need for lunch today–it’s so gray and dreary here!

  22. YUM! Your Emeril posts have been fab. Can’t wait to get my hands on that cookbook

  23. What!! I love mushrooms!!! Great meat substitute, too. I can’t wait to get this book… love the one pot meals, so much less cleanup, especially for me since I don’t have a dishwasher in my tiny NYC apt!! :)

  24. I love it! Rules are like recipes … if you see them as guidelines you have a lot more options ;) Okay, some rules are hard and fast, but recipes really are forgiving. This looks great!

  25. Looks delicious. Mushrooms are evil :)

  26. Haha, love it, looks really good and who cares if it’s not really “Emeril’s”- you got the gist of it. :)

  27. Ooh tortellini with pesto filling? Yes!!!

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