Soup meets pasta
Posted: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
Chef Troy Gagliardo
"Chef Troy" Gagliardo hosts a weekly cooking segment called "Tuesdays with Troy" live every Tuesday on WCCB News Rising from 7 to 9 a.m. He has made over 300 appearances on the show showcasing over 1000 of his unique original recipes. He was also voted one of the Top Five best chefs in Charlotte in 2013. Troy has penned a cookbook called Pseudo Southern, which has been endorsed by celebrity chef and best selling author Fabio Viviani. His business Motown Spice Provisions supplies some of the top restaurants and country clubs in the greater Charlotte area for the past 10 years. He is a self-taught chef who learned early on the importance of family and food, and the connection between both, from his parents and grandparents. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.cheftroy.net, and follow Troy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Winter weather has been sporadic, but there is always room on the dinner table for something cozy and hearty. Time is always a factor during the holiday season so a hearty one bowl meal can be a time saver. Enter the sousta; what I am calling a cross between a soup and a pasta dish that makes a complete meal all in one dish.
Start to finish this white bean and tomato sousta can be made in less than an hour; the perfect amount of time to enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine. Use whatever is in the pantry or fridge to save a trip to the store and make it your own.
The key to this dish is the white beans. Smashing half of the beans will provide the smooth creaminess to the dish once it all comes together. The remaining beans are added whole along with the pasta, kale and tomato for a perfect soup/pasta texture. A splash of vinegar will brighten up the flavor added a subtle twang to dish.
Serve in a bowl with a nice of bread and top with grated parmesan cheese and enjoy your sousta.
White Bean and Tomato Sousta
2 Tablespoons-Unsalted Butter
1 Tablespoon-Olive Oil
½ Cup-Carrot-fine dice
3 Cloves-Garlic-chopped fine
1-15 Can-Dice Tomato-drained, reserve liquid
To Taste-Kosher Salt/Black Pepper/Crushed Red Pepper
2-15 Ounce Cans-White Beans-drained
2 ½ Cups-Chicken Stock
1 Tablespoon-White Balsamic Vinegar-or apple cider vinegar
1 Cup-Kale-stem removed, rough chopped
½ Pound-Ditolini Pasta-(or any small pasta, or spaghetti broken into pieces) cooked, drained, cooled
To Garnish-Parmesan Cheese-grated
1. Melt butter with oil over medium heat in stock pot.
2. Add carrot, onion and cook until onions are clear, 2-3 minutes.
3. Add garlic cook for one minute and add drained tomato/thyme, stir to combine.
4. Place half the beans in a bowl, smash with the back of a fork and add to pot.
5. Add remaining beans, stock, vinegar, season with salt/pepper/crushed red and bring to a strong simmer.
6. Lower heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes.
7. Add kale, pasta, stir to combine and remove from heat.
8. Remove thyme sprigs and discard.
9. Portion in bowls, to with grated parmesan and serve.
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email email@example.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less