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With love, from Melissa and Andrea


Pasta Fijioli with Ham Recipe

Silly me, forgot to add the recipe!  Everyone did end up liking it.  I just think they like complaining more.

Pasta Fajioli


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 pound ham steaks, chopped
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, left intact
  • 1 sprig thyme, left intact
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup baby carrots, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans drained and rinsed well
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 1-1 ½ cups ditalini
  • Grated Parmigiano
  • Really good crusty bread


Heat pot over medium high heat and add oil, onion, garlic and ham. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, add herb stems and chopped vegetables and sauté for 3-4 more minutes. Add beans and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Let soup boil for 5-8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook soup, stiring occasionally.  Add pasta and cook to desired doneness about 8-10 minutes. Remove herb stems from pot before ladling into bowls.  Top soup with grated parmigiano and a nice chunk of crusty bread for dipping. Salt and pepper to taste. Feel warm and happy inside!

Pasta Fajioli with Ham makes me happy!

pasta fajioli 3Pasta Fajioli with Ham makes me happy, not to mention the warm crusty bread and little mound of parm I sprinkle on top!

Three things I love about this dinner:

  1. It only takes 30 minutes.
  2. I’ll have a quick yummy lunch the next day.
  3. There is only one pot to clean.

There is always crying when my kids ask what’s for dinner and I tell them bean soup.  They ask me about 20 times actually, as if the answer is going to get better each time.  My son declares that he hates beans and is making something else instead.  My girls declare they would rather eat Five Guys.  Well, I have to say the dinner unveiling is often my least favorite part of the day but when all is said and done we sit together and eat the same meal.  Jack smashed his beans so he didn’t have to look at them and the girls asked for the soup in their lunch the next day.

Hmm, after proof reading my paragraph, I am left wondering why this soup makes me so happy.

Keep it Real. Keep it Simple. Make it Matter. – Andrea

Cooking in the Moment

Now that it’s cold outside, there is nothing that makes me feel warmer than staying at home, in my fuzzy slippers, and playing with my oven.  Well, that same type of inspiration struck Scott, my husband, this weekend, minus the fuzzy slippers. Click here to find out what happened……………….Stay loving- Andrea.