In this episode Recipes Italian Pasta and Bean Soup—Pasta e Fagioli The American version of pasta e fagioli is often bland and mushy and takes hours to prepare. We wanted it all: great flavor and proper texture in less than an hour. Recipes Quick Homemade Chicken Stock Just the right combination of four common ingredients—plus a little water and salt—makes an exceptional soup. Recipes Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup A broth developed from an Edna Lewis recipe makes full-flavored chicken noodle soup possible in less than ninety minutes. Equipment Reviews Fat Separators Excess fat ruins stocks and sauces. But do fat separators really work? We tested eight models—from pitchers to ladles to fat mops—to find out.