Pronunciation: [PAH-stah eh fah-JYOH-lee]
Italian for "pasta and beans." This dish is actually a hearty soup of pasta, beans, vegetables and pork, flavored with garlic and olive oil.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.