Pasta Fazole with Louise Jones-Brown: Local Flavor

Louise Jones-Brown may be busy these days, but this recipe of hers could probably save time in the long run, since it makes plenty of leftovers that can be reheated with great results. The reason why she’s so busy? Jones-Brown is the acting director of the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, and chair for the June 26 Tukwila Historical Society Gala and Auction at Foster Golf Links. The gala is the first such fundraising event the historical society has had, and organizers are working hard to drum up support for the event in the Tukwila community.

Louise Jones-Brown points out the recipe for her Pasta Fazole actually came from former co-worker Irene Maguire.

Louise Jones-Brown may be busy these days, but this recipe of hers could probably save time in the long run, since it makes plenty of leftovers that can be reheated with great results.
The reason why she’s so busy? Jones-Brown is the acting director of the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, and chair for the June 26 Tukwila Historical Society Gala and Auction at Foster Golf Links. The gala is the first such fundraising event the historical society has had, and organizers are working hard to drum up support for the event in the Tukwila community.
What does she have to say about her favorite dish? “This recipe came from my former co-worker Irene Maguire. It was an old family recipe that was shared by her family’s Italian neighbors in Bayone, New Jersey, where she was raised. Irene was the niece of Irene Ryan, who was known as “Granny” of Beverly Hillbillies fame.”
To learn more about the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, call 206-244-HIST(4478).

Pasta Fazole: Ingredients
1 pkg macaroni/pasta
1 small pkg Northern white beans or 2 small cans Garbonzo Beans
3 stalks celery
3 cloves garlic or garlic powder to taste
1 small onion
Meat: 1 pound hamburger and 1 pound Italian sausage
1 large can whole tomatoes
1 can each tomato sauce & paste
Spices to taste: basil, black pepper, 2 bay leaves and oregano.
If you use the white beans, prepare according to the package directions, making sure they are fully cooked – Set aside.
In a large sauce pan, brown meats together in olive oil and chopped garlic and onion. Then add tomatoes, sauce and paste and 1 can of water with spices. Cook for several hours, then add beans, heat through and serve over pasta. 
Top with Parmesan cheese. If any leftover pasta, mix with remaining sauce to serve leftovers.

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