Big pot of soup, cooler weather,

Howdy Fall!

Now that the 2012 Rockdale Fair is over, (well, it’s not exactly OVER yet here at the Rockdale Reporter and for probably a lot of the fair board members) soon we will have more time to cook.

We are supposed to get a cold spell this weekend and I can’t think of anything better than this soup, garlic bread and a side salad.

Recent house guests, Vicky and Jerry Roddy, sent this from Tennessee— their son Rusty Roddy’s recipe.

I’m making it as soon as I get off the computer.

Pasta Fagioli Soup

2 tablespoons extra virgin
olive oil
2 pounds ground beef or turkey
1 or 2 yellow onions, chopped
2-3 carrots, diced or shredded
5-6 stalks celery, diced
43 ounces canned tomatoes,
petite diced,undrained
14.5 oz. can red kidney beans
14.5 oz. can white beans
69 ounces beef stock
A few teaspoons Italian seasoning salt and pepper
garlic powder and dried basil
chopped fresh parsley (or 3
teaspoons dried)
4 Tablespoons Green Tabasco
sauce or less if you’re chicken
38 ounces spaghetti sauce—
Rusty uses Prego Traditional
1/2 pound dry pasta, ditalini or
elbow or your favorite style

Saute beef in oil in a large pot until it browns. Drain off excess grease.

Add carrots, onions, celery, diced tomatoes and liquid and approximately 8 ozs. beef stock.

Simmer for 10-15 minutes to soften vegetables.

Drain and rinse beans and add to the pot. Add remainder of beef stock and herbs and spices.

Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste for seasoning and add more if needed.

Bring back to boil and add pasta. Cook 12-15 minutes or until pasta reaches desired firmness.

Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

Invite all your neighbors and don’t forget the garlic bread and salad.


Two witches brooms were hanging in the broom closet and after awhile they got to know each other so well that they decided to get married.

One broom was, of course, the bride broom and the other the groom broom.

She looked very lovely in her white dress and he looked suave and handsome in his tuxedo. The wedding was lovely.

At the wedding reception, the bride broom leaned over and said to the groom broom, “I think I’m going to have a little whisk broom!”

“Impossible!” said the groom broom. “We haven’t even swept together!”


Well, it’s hard to find a clean Halloween joke. This one came from Mary Beth Rolan, now of Austin.

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