At a family reunion many years ago, I prepared this baked pasta, beans, and cheese recipe to feed a big crowd. It’s a cheese-laden casserole version of the classic Tuscan soup, “Pasta Fagiole” (lovingly called “Pasta Fazool” in my family). This pasta dish was a huge hit at that reunion in the 90’s and so for this year’s family reunion 20 years later, my mother and I prepared it once again. The same result happened . . . it was devoured! If you’re watching your weight, you’ll have to pass up on this, because it’s pretty heavy in the calories, carbs, and fat. But you have to indulge sometime huh? If you don’t like beans, you can leave them out, but then it wouldn’t be a spin off of the famous Tuscan Pasta Fagiole soup. “Fagiole” simply means “beans” in Italian.
Here’s the recipe for you to prepare someday when the heat of summer turns down and you’re wanting some rib-sticking comfort food. I hope that you enjoy!