Slovene Pašta Fižol / Bean & Pasta Soup Recipe

This winter has been one of the most severe in recent years so it has been important to keep warm and eat plenty of hearty food.  One of my favourite recipes sure to warm you up and originating from Slovenia in the Balkans, is Pašta Fižol.  This bacon, bean and pasta soup is rich and has a touch of spice.  Plus, it’s incredibly easy and requires just one pot to save on washing up!  Simply serve with some chunky bread (preferably rye) to enjoy a fabulous winter warming meal.

Pašta Fižol

Ingredients

500g pancetta lardons (or smoked bacon)

1 tin of red kidney beans (240g drained beans)

1 bay leaf

1 small white onion, finely chopped

1 clove of garlic, crushed

1 tbsp tomato puree

20g plain flour

600ml chicken stock

125g small pasta shapes

2 tsp marjoram

2 tsp hot paprika

1 tsp cider vinegar

Instructions

Heat the bacon and onion in a large stockpot

Pašta Fižol

When the bacon and onion are thoroughly cooked, add the garlic and stir thoroughly

Stir in the tomato puree

Add the flour gradually

Pour in the stock and stir

Bring the boil (constantly stirring to prevent sticking)

Reduce heat to a simmer

Add pasta, marjoram, beans and bay leaf to pan and cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is cooked

Pašta Fižol

Stir in the paprika and vinegar

Season to taste and serve

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