Pasta Dishes/ Soups, Stews and Chili

Italian White Bean Soup- Pasta e Fagioli

Our Mom’s recipe for Pasta e Fagioli is a simple one!  A delicious soup with tender small white beans, tomatoes, Italian pancetta, fresh basil and mini pasta infused into a flavorful broth is so good,  it’s perfect every time!  This recipe is an oldie but a goodie and thought to revive it again from our archives.

I haven’t made this in a while and since my family was craving for it, I decided to make it for dinner.  This Italian white bean soup is high in fiber and full of health benefits, a dish you’ll want to make often for the entire family.  Serve “pasta e fagioli” with a simple salad or toasted Italian bread and you have a meal!

Pancetta, an Italian cured meat, is used in this recipe and it gives a nice bacon flavor when it’s cooked. We believe it’s Mom’s “secret ingredient” to her flavorful broth. So tasty, everyone will ask for seconds! And, don’t forget to add some grated parmigiano cheese on top just before serving! 
Here’s a Tip: Quick and faster way to make this?  I highly recommend using cans of cannellini beans. Just rinse before adding them to the broth.  Freeze the leftovers for those busy days when you need something quick for dinner.
Italian White Bean Soup – Pasta e Fagioli
  • 1 pound package white navy beans
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 onions – chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves – chopped
  • 3 to 4 slices Italian Pancetta – chopped 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1- (28 ounce) can of peeled tomatoes
  • 1- (32 ounce) organic chicken stock or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water – ( and 2 cups more if needed )
  • 1 handful of fresh basil- chopped
  • 1/2 pound Ditalini Pasta or any small pasta or GF ditalini pasta
  • Grated Parmesan cheese – (optional)
Soak the beans overnight, drain then rinse.  If you don’t have time to soak beans overnight, bring 6 to 8 cups of water to boil in a large pot.  Boil beans for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and cover, and let stand for about one hour. Rinse beans well. 
In a large pot.  Heat olive oil,  add the onions, garlic and pancetta.
Simmer on low heat, and sauté until the pancetta has turned lightly brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. 
Add the pepper flakes and sea salt.  Add peeled tomatoes, chicken broth, water, fresh basil and rinsed beans.
Cover and simmer gently for about 1 to 2 hours until desired tenderness in the beans is reached.  Bring to a full boil, and add Ditalini pasta.
Lower the heat and simmer for another 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the pasta is cooked to your preference.  If you need more liquid while the cooking the pasta, add about a 1/4 cup or more.  Taste the pasta for tenderness, when pasta if ready, turn off heat and serve.
Serves 8

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7 Comments

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    October 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    A perfect soup! delicious ingredients – could do with a bowl now!
    Mary x

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    September 11, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    It is a cold rain right now and this looks perfect!

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    Joanne
    September 12, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Total comfort food is what this is!

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    michaelswoodcraft
    September 12, 2014 at 11:57 am

    My favorite soup! I make this all the time, all of my family loves this! Your recipe is slightly different but it looks delicious!

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    September 12, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    One of my favorites! I haven't made it in a while so I'm happy for the reminder!

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    Marcela
    September 13, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I love it! That looks absolutely delicious!

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    Marlene Detierro
    September 13, 2015 at 8:52 am

    They all look so delicious! Great dinner! The presentation is really very good! Opens your appetite! 🙂

    Marlene
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