What makes good food? Peasant food. Food that's hearty, stick to your ribs, simple, and filling. This dish fits the bill to a "T" and will even feed the pickiest eaters I know (and trust me, I know some picky ones). It's a nice change from 'everything's tomatoes and black olives and pork' rut of the usual 'Italian' fare. (NB: You can actually use any small or broken up pasta...or substitute orzo, alphabet pasta, stars, whatever you have in your pantry. I don't think broken up 'long' pasta works very well though).