My Grandfather on my Dad's side was the epitome of everything Italian and Sicilian. And adding to this characteristic of everything Italian was the ownership of a bar. I am not kidding either. The Co-Owner of the bar and silent partner was......let's just say he was an unsavory type. The Bar was called the Queens Bar. Everyone in the neighborhood hung out at the bar. And yes before you ask it was a hangout for the "M". Poppi (that's what we called my Grandfather) made a lot of food for the bar and everyone loved eating there. It was not a restaurant mind you but a dark and gloomy bar. Anyhow he just loved to cook and share his food and that's what he did. Oh and he never charged anyone for his food either. Anyhow more on that at a later time.
Why did I call this dish a Pasta Fazool Parody? The answer will become quite obvious if you know anything about Pasta Fazool and the dishes history. You have to admit right off the bat that the name is a funny one too. The Italian name for this dish is actually Pasta e fagioli which means pasta and beans. In the good old "US of A" we call it Pasta Fazool because of the Neapolitan language. I guess in the Neapolitan language they pronounce beans as Fasule. My Grandfather version of this dish was more traditional. My non-traditional dish is two fold. I like meat and I don't eat pork which is why my dish is a parody and not the real thing.
Did you know that the famous Dean Martin (Dino Paul Crocetti) had the name Pasta Fazool in his famous song "That's Amore?" Over the years I have heard this song dozens of times and it still brings a big smile to my face. This song is famous too for being in several well known movies too. To name a few...Moonstruck, Rear Window, Enchanted, Grumpier Old Men and the most famous movie starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis called "The Caddy". Love the song, the movies and Pasta Fazool.
So in my dish I use my Beef Bacon instead of the traditional Pancetta. If I had any of my Vealcetta on hand I would have used that instead. Since I like meat I used ground Veal too. Ahhh... see the difference already. Anyhow cut your bacon up or whatever you have on hand into bite size pieces. The use of bacon or pancetta is to impart fat and flavor into the dish.