“Pasta and beans, you can’t do that . . . it’s two starches!” That’s what my new bride (Jo) said when I first told her about this Italian specialty . . . Today she looks forward to it. She enjoyed it so much that she would ask my mom (Susie) to make it all the time, including in the Summer time. To which my mom would say, “We can’t, Pasta e Fagoli is a Winter dish!” Sorry, Mom . . . we enjoy it year round. You'll notice this is a true peasant pasta fagoli recipe . . . no chicken broth, no tomatoes, just basically beans and macaroni; before you turn up your nose try.