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cooking the pasta, break the pieces of spaghetti into thirds. Continually stir the “sauce” to make sure it doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pot and so it cooks evenly.

Once the pasta is cooked, add it to the pot containing the “sauce.”Mix and then serve.

THE STORY:

Ah Pasta Fagioli, or Pasta “Fazool” as it’s commonly referred to. Pasta Fagioli and I go way back. How far back? All the way back to my earliest memories. And the funny thing about Pasta Fagioli is that I never tried it until tonight when I made it.

As a kid, my Dad would always make various dishes that stemmed from his Italian background. These dishes seemed very foreign to me as my diet and knowledge of food did not extend farther than hot dogs and chicken nuggets. So when my Dad would tell me what those dishes were called I would never believe him. Especially when he told me he was making Pasta “Fazool.”

“Hey M, I’m making Pasta ‘Fazool,’” said my Dad.

“Dad stop!” I would yell back. “Pasta ‘Fazool’ isn’t real!”

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One time, I refused so strongly to believe that my Dad was actually making something called “Fazool” that I started crying, thinking he was playing a cruel joke.

Not until years after that incident did I realize Pasta “Fazool” was a real dish. What taught me my lesson? My Dad ordered it for dinner at the Olive Garden one night and incredibly the waitress didn’t give him a weird look. When the waitress took his order and didn’t say that “Fazool” wasn’t real, I finally realized that my darkest fear had become reality – “FAZOOL” WAS REAL.