A version of Pasta e Fagioli, a pasta-and-bean soup, is found in every region in Italy. As a favorite Italian import, the soup has become thoroughly Americanized including its fractured name. Serve with focaccia wedges, crumbled Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and fresh fruit.
- In large heavy saucepan brown and crumble pork over medium-high heat. Stir in onion and garlic; cook and stir until onion is soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in all remaining ingredients; bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes, until pasta is tender.