Best-Batch Cooking Method: Any
* Use gluten-free Vegetable Broth and gluten-free tortellini to make this dish gluten-free.
Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Add the onion, garlic and celery. Sauté for 5 minutes, or until the onion is tender.
Add the broth, spices and tomatoes to the pot. Cook over high heat until it reaches a boil. Lower heat and add the beans and kale. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the frozen tortellini and cook for 6 to 8 minutes longer, or until the tortellini are heated through.
Prep-ahead tip: You can make the pasta e fagioli in advance, but wait to add the tortellini until you are getting ready to reheat and serve it. Once the pasta is added it will continue to absorb liquid and expand, so the tortellini could begin to break apart if you add it too far in advance of serving this dish.
Excerpted from Prep-Ahead Meals from Scratch by Alea Milham. Page Street Publishing, 2016.