It’s been two weeks since we moved to Austin, TX. So far, we haven’t had any regrets yet and it looks like we won’t. Austin has been treating us very well with its fantastic weather, amazing food, like-minded people and gorgeous sceneries. Although Han and I still spend most of our time in our temporary house, we’ve somehow managed to make our own friends. Han got invited to a tech event over the weekend and I found my way to hit some hiking trails with a group of people up in the northern part of the town.
The reason we could start enjoying what the city has to offer so quickly is because our housing situation has been handled in the first week after we arrived in Austin. The crazy part is that we hardly even lifted a finger. Imagine that you don’t have to go through Craigslist, PadMapper, or Apartments.com and waste at least half of your time dealing with spam or running around the city upon arrival. What if you’ve got something lined up even before you move to a new city. Would that be great?? That’s exactly what Nomad Pad did for us. It’s an on-demand housing service for tech nomads. Since Han is a tech nomad, I automatically get the same hat. Well, the service isn’t for everyone but the fact that it exists confirms that we are in the right place, a place that’s full of entrepreneurial spirit.
You know what can I do to enjoy Austin more? Driving! The truth is that I still haven’t got the nerve to drive in this city yet. In fact, I am legitimately scared to drive here. As someone who learned driving in her 30s and only had very limited experience of driving in Floria, where the roads are wide and flat, the drivers are not aggressive, and there are traffic lights for turning left and right specifically, I just can’t put myself in the driver’s seat here, where the streets are narrow and bumpy, the drivers are more pissed in general because of the traffic, and the traffic lights’ situation is so different. I am scared.
In the entrepreneur world, people say that the thing you fear the most is usually the most important thing you need to do. I think it applies to my fear of driving in Austin as well. I know that I’ll have to be on my own sooner or later at least to pick up groceries, but Instacart has been spoiling me by delivering fresh ingredients to my door, which brings me to today’s recipe – One-Pot Pasta E Fagioli.
Let’s talk about this beautiful Italian dish for a minute, shall we?
Pasta E Fagioli means “pasta with beans”. It’s a traditional Italian dish made with lots of inexpensive and accessible ingredients.
This One-Pot Pasta E Fagioli is composed of lean ground beef, layers of fresh vegetables, kidney beans, and pasta shells. In other words, it’s loaded with vitamins and protein. The pasta shells will certainly keep you satisfied. For the sauce, a combination of a homemade beef bone broth and some spaghetti sauce are enough to make this meal heavenly. Of course, the store-bought beef broth will work just fine.
We are gonna start off by browning the beef in a large pot. Seasoning begins from this very step. Add oregano and a pinch of salt to the beef. You can use dried oregano leaves or fresh ones. Next, add all diced vegetables in the pot, including onions, carrots, celery and tomatoes. Alternatively, frozen mixed vegetables can be used to cut short on the chopping time. Once the vegetables start becoming tender, this is the time to add beans and sauces. The pasta shells are going to be cooked in the sauce with all other ingredients in the same pot!
Isn’t that easy? You just keep adding ingredients to the pot and finish it off with parmesan cheese! And that’s how you make a perfect One-Pot Pasta E Fagioli. It’s savory, cheesy and totally nutrient-balanced. This recipe yields 5 servings, so if you have leftovers, simply put a lid on your pot and place it in the fridge. It tastes even better after reheating.
On a side note, maybe you’ve noticed, I haven’t been able to produce any videos lately since I don’t get much natural light in our current short-term rental. And Han couldn’t handle my mess in the kitchen any longer because there’s no dishwasher. However, Nomad Pad has found another place for us to solve our unique problems. We will be moving into the new place either on April 18 or April 19. By then, I will get back on track with the video creation! Stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy this One-Pot Pasta E Fagioli! If you do get a chance to make this recipe, leave a comment and let me know how you like it, or share your photo and tag #delishplan on Instagram. I would love to hear from you.
One-pot pasta made with kidney beans, ground beef, onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes and simmered in beef broth and spaghetti sauce.
10 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
40 minTotal Time
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- Salt to taste
- 1 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 2 celery stalks, sliced
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups beef broth (I used homemade bone broth)
- 2 cups spaghetti sauce
- 8 ounces pasta shell
- 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce (I used Tabasco), optional
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese or freshly grated parmesan cheese
- In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add ground beef and break it up with a spatula. Cook until the beef starts to brown. In the meanwhile, season with salt and oregano.
- Add onions, carrots, celery and tomatoes into the pot. Mix well and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add beans, beef broth, spaghetti sauce, followed by pasta shell; drizzle hot sauce in the pot if using; stir and mix well. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15-20 minutes on medium-low heat, or until the pasta is tender.
- Add freshly ground black pepper to taste and stir in parsley, then top with parmesan cheese. Dish, garnish with more parsley or cheese. Enjoy!
If you are looking for a more soupy version, add 1 more cup beef broth and spaghetti sauce at step 3.
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