Easy Pasta Fagioli Soup

Our Easy Pasta Fagioli Soup is a classic Italian meal loaded with your favorite herbs, spices, and vegetables, in a zesty broth. This soup features a smoky flavored broth with plenty of tender pasta to fill you up. And, it’s ready in 35 minutes!  A deliciously thick, and hearty meal, this is Italian comfort food at its best!

 

A spoonful of pasta and beans soup.

Pasta Fagioli Soup…

Pasta fagioli soup also known as “pasta e fagioli,” means pasta and beans.  It is a hearty dish that originated in Italy centuries ago, and one of the most beloved dishes today.

It is made up of mainly two ingredients, pasta, and beans and it can be a meal all by itself. For more Italian soup recipes, try our Classic Italian Minestrone Soup, Tuscan Swiss Chard and Beans Soup, and Brothy White Bean Soup.

The secret to making our pasta fagioli soup so flavorful… is in the delicious broth! 

The broth is flavored with Italian smoky bacon called pancetta.  Its smoky flavors not only get infused with the creamy beans but with the broth as well.  YUM! And everyone who tastes this soup goes bananas over it! …it is SO YUMMY!

Reasons to LOVE this recipe…

  • The recipe is straightforward and easy to prepare. 
  • Plus, no fancy equipment is needed either, and you make it with a few easy steps.
  • The soup only needs 25 minutes to simmer, then the pasta is tossed in at the very end, for an additional 5 to 7 minutes of cooking, or longer if needed.  Then it’s ready to serve.
  • However, truth be told!  Everyone has a different version of our favorite “pasta fazool.” But this recipe has been in our family for as long as we can remember, we can tell you it makes one hearty, flavorful dish.

It’s Perfect! 🙂

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Ingredients Overview for This Soup…

For my pasta fagioli soup, you will need: (*Full ingredients listed in our recipe card below!)

  • Carrot – one carrot is enough.
  • Celery – one celery stalk is used.
  • Garlic – you will need 3 whole garlic cloves.
  • Onion – one large onion, diced, or 2 medium-sized onions.
  • Olive Oil – just enough to sauté the vegetables.
  • Beans organic Great Northern bean, 2 cans, rinsed and drained.
  • Herbs – lots of fresh basil, fresh parsley and 1 bay leaf.
  • Tomatoescrushed tomatoes: any brand of crushed tomatoes will do.
  • Wine – we prefer a good drinking white wine, and don’t leave it out.
  • Bacon – use Italian bacon, called pancetta. You can add 2 packages, (4ounces each) of “cubed” pancetta for a more depth of flavor.
  • Liquid – some water and vegetable broth. You can also use chicken broth if you prefer.
Ingredients on the table, and a package of chopped pancetta.

 

How to Make Our Easy Pasta Fagioli Soup? (*full recipe card below!)

Here are a few easy steps to make this delicious soup:

  1. First, you will need to cook and sauté the pancetta with garlic in olive oil.

  2. Then add in the vegetables, and sauté the veggies for a few minutes, until they are softened about 5 minutes.

  3. Next, add crushed tomatoes and simmer the tomatoes with the mixture for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the wine, water, and all of the beans, along with the broth, and seasonings.  Simmer on low heat for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Steps showing how to make pasta fagioli. by 2sistersrecipes.com

5.  Finally, toss in the fresh basil and Ditalini pasta and simmer until the pasta is tender.  Then serve!

A large Dutch oven pot on stovetop filled with tomatoes, green herbs and beans.

 

Options to serve it with…

Notes, Tips, Questions & Answers:

  • Pasta Fagioli Soup is a hearty soup that’s very adaptable to making your own.
  • Be sure to not overcook the pasta, or you will have mushy pasta with this soup. It’s best to undercook the pasta “al-dente” (which means tender to the bite).
  • Can We Use Other Kinds of Beans?  You can get creative by making it using different kinds of beans, such as red kidney beans, cannellini beans, and Great Northern beans. Keep in mind, that black beans are NOT recommended for this recipe.
  • May We Use Other Kinds of Pasta?  Yes. Any small pasta would be great with this recipe, such as orzo, elbows, and mini pasta shells.  And, of course, use your favorite gluten-free pasta too!
  • Can We Make It Ahead?  Yes, but hold the pasta for last!  Make the soup, turn off the heat, and keep it covered.  When you want to serve it, just bring the soup to a boil, toss in the pasta, and follow the directions on our recipe card.

Storing and Reheating…

  • TO STORE: It’s best to wait for the soup to cool down before storing it.  Then transfer it to a sealed container.  Keep the soup chilled for up to 4 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Reheat soup in a saucepan on the stovetop, and on low heat for a few minutes, then serve.
A big pot of bean soup with a ladle inside.

 

A delicious meal…

Easy Pasta Fagioli Soup will make plenty for everyone to have a second serving.

A flavorful hearty soup, and one you should definitely try. Best of all, you can serve this flavorful soup with some warm, crusty Italian bread, and maybe a green salad as the side, and dinner is done.  😉

Serve this soup with some grated parmesan cheese at the table (it’s the best!). This is a meal your whole family will love!  A GREAT recipe. Try it!

ENJOY!!

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Yield: 8 servings

Easy Pasta Fagioli Soup

A white bowl of pasta fagioli soup. by 2sistersrecipes.com

Easy Pasta Fagioli Soup is an Italian white bean and pasta soup made with vegetables, white beans, pancetta, and ditalini pasta. Delicious, intensely flavored and it's ready in about 35 minutes!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves- sliced
  • 4-ounces pancetta - diced or minced ( I used Citterio)
  • 1 large onion - chopped
  • 1 carrot (about 1/2 cup)- diced
  • 1 stalk of celery (about 1/2 cup)- diced
  • 14-ounces can of crushed or chopped tomatoes, about 1.5 cups ( I used Pomi)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • a dash of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups of water, and extra if needed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (or low-sodium chicken broth)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans (15-ounces) of organic Northern beans - drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped basil (a generous handful)
  • fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 + 1/2 cups of Ditalini pasta
  • fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • optional: grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, heat olive oil on medium-high heat and add garlic and pancetta. Sauté pancetta and garlic until pancetta is fully cooked, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the chopped onion, and diced carrot and celery. Cover. Sauté to soften the veggies, about 4 minutes.
  3. Next, add in the crushed tomatoes and simmer for about 2 minutes. Pour in white wine and cover with a lid to simmer for about 2 minutes until the white wine reduces a little.
  4. Add in 4 cups of water, vegetable broth, salt, bay leaf, all the beans, and fresh basil. HOLD the ditalini pasta, this will be the last step.
  5. Cover and raise the heat on high, and bring the soup to a full boil. Then reduce to low heat and simmer the soup for about 20 to 25 minutes, occasionally stirring.
  6. Stir in 1.5 cups (or up to 2 cups) of Ditalini pasta and cover. Stir occasionally. Continue to simmer for another 5 to 7 minutes, or more until the pasta is al-dente. Taste the pasta to see if it's tender to the bite.
  7. If you need to, season with salt and fresh cracked pepper to your taste. When the pasta is done, turn off the heat, and serve. Here is where you can add more water to give you more broth, Ladle soup into bowls and serve the soup with grated Parmesan cheese at the table.
  8. Yields: about 8 or more servings

Notes

This soup is best served immediately. Or you can make the soup ahead, but toss in the pasta only when you are planning to serve.

Keep in mind, the longer the pasta sits in the pot, the more the liquid will get absorbed and cook the pasta.

If this happens, you can always add additional water or broth to the soup, to give you more broth.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 servings

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Total Fat: 8gCarbohydrates: 43.9gFiber: 8.3gSugar: 3.9gProtein: 13.8g

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Nutrition Facts per serving:

8 servings, 1 cup per serving. Calories: 303calCarbohydrates: 43.9gProtein: 13.8gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2g,  Potassium: 982mgFiber: 8.3gSugar: 3.9gVitamin A: 444 IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 139mgIron: 5mg 

Happy and Healthy Cooking!  🙂

 

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17 Comments

    1. Thanks so much, Karen! Pasta Fagioli happens to be our favorite dish and one we never get tired of making.

  1. I have prepared pasta fazool many different ways, but never using white wine. Until last evening. It was absolutely delicious. Enjoyed by all.
    Thank you for this pearl.

    1. Aw, thank you so much Ettore! That means a lot to us and so glad you enjoyed our mom’s recipe. Hope you had a great day!

    1. Hi Anne!
      You can omit the white wine if you don’t have any… it’s not a deal-breaker.
      But if you have any leftover Prosecco or champagne on hand, you can use either one.
      I hope this helps! 🙂

    1. Aw, so glad to hear! Thanks so much Karen! We are trying to eat lighter meals these days. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

    1. And for me as well Karen! Lol…. Thanks so much for your sweet comment! Have a great week!

  2. Soup is the most comforting and satisfying meal in these cold winter months. This one sounds really good and I’m going to get the ingredients when I do my weekend shopping! Thank you for another delicious recipe!