CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – She is the daughter of legendary singer-actor and Las Vegas Rat Pack member Dean Martin. Deana Martin joined us live in studio 1A to share their family recipe for Pasta Fagioli!
Grandma Angela’s Pasta Fagioli
Dean Martin’s favorite dish
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 15 oz cans of canalini beans
1 medium onion (diced)
¼ teaspoon (scant) ground cinnamon (Angela’s secret ingredient)
6 cups water
salt and pepper
1 cup of tubettini or ditalini (or small elbow pasta)
Parmigiano (or Romano) cheese
In a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and saute the onion until translucent; add the beans (with the juices from the can), the water, cinnamon* and salt and pepper, stir and bring to a boil on med-high heat. Let it boil (moderate – NOT a rolling boil) for 15 minutes.
Drop the heat, cover and let simmer (very low bubble) for 90 minutes.
Add pasta and continue simmering for 15 minutes until the pasta is done and the starch from the pasta has done it’s thing. You may or may not want to add some water depending on your soupiness preference. Stir in a TB or two of Parmigiano and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Serve in bowls and dust with a bit more Parmigiano cheese. Add some hot crusty bread and a bottle of red wine.