Quick Pasta Fagiole and One-Skillet Suppers

Casey Barber

by Casey Barber on March 18, 2013

So your skillets and pans are ready to go—the cast iron’s been seasoned, the Staub is on the burner, the stainless steel is shining. Now what?

You make a whole meal in that skillet, that’s what.

one-skillet chile verde stew
In my latest iVillage recipe slideshow, I’ve got 10 meals that you can make in a single skillet—no separate pot of boiling water or other accessory required. What’s the secret to getting all your meal components in one place? A high-sided skillet, for one, and a clever technique stolen from risotto-making that allows your starch (like rice, potatoes, or pasta) to simmer directly in the skillet with flavorful broth and aromatic vegetables.

one-skillet dirty rice
From tangy chili verde stew to creamy mac and cheese loaded with veggies to a spicy dirty rice pilaf, I’ve got a bunch of ideas to get you started. (Oh, and should I mention there’s a cast iron skillet pizza that’s a deep dish wonder?) But once you’ve got the technique down, I’m sure you’ll be inspired to come up with your own one-skillet creations.

one-skillet pasta fagiole
This one-skillet version of pasta fagiole, or “pasta fazool,” as we refer to it in our house, is yet another variation on a classic Italian dish. Though the basic components of this soup-slash-stew—pasta, beans, and aromatics—remain intact from recipe to recipe, there are infinite tweaks and personal touches that have been added or subtracted from the meal over the years. Some cooks include carrots or tomatoes, while others eschew them. Some replace sage with rosemary or keep things simple with just garlic and parsley.

Though pasta fagiole is traditionally simmered for hours as dried white beans turn soft and plump, creating a creamy sauce, this version might make your grandma blush. I’m cheating by using canned cannellinis, creating a hearty and satisfying stew that cooks in less than an hour. Those of you with crushes on your pressure cooker (hey, I’m one of them!) can dirty one more pot by quick-cooking dried beans there, then adding them to the pan. Start them before you sauté the onions, and you’ll still have the meal on the table in record time.

Check out the rest of my one-skillet meals on iVillage!

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