Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe


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This Pasta Fagioli recipe is a hearty classic Italian soup that’s comforting, and takes less than an hour! It’s filled with veggies and spicy sausage meat cooked in a hearty and rich tomato broth.

There is nothing more comforting and soul-warming than Pasta e Fagioli!

Pasta Fagioli in a bowl with parsley and a spoon

In this easy homemade soup recipe, two types of beans have been added for extra protein and creaminess. Lots of dried herbs make the broth for this easy Pasta Fagioli recipe irresistibly flavorful.

What is Pasta Fagioli?

Pasta e Fagioli means “pasta and beans.” A traditional Italian pasta fagioli recipe is a classic dish, made with easy to find, affordable ingredients.

Minestrone Soup vs. Pasta e Fagioli Soup

The main difference between minestrone and pasta e fagioli is the variety of vegetables in minestrone. Fagioli is mainly pasta and beans in a broth (I add a few veggies like celery & onion for extra flavor).

Ingredients for Pasta Fagioli

How To Make Pasta Fagioli

I make a lot of amazing soup recipes and this flavorful one tops our list! it’s easy, delicious and hearty (and we think it’s even better than the Olive Garden Fagioli recipe)!

  1. Brown sausage and onions.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients, except for pasta, and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  3. While the soup simmers, cook pasta until al dente.
  4. Stir pasta into the soup, and serve with your favorite toppings.

Serve pasta fagioli soup next to some warm garlic bread and a caesar salad for the perfect meal!

CrockPot Conversion

This recipe converts to a slow cooker super easily! Just follow these steps:

  1. Brown sausage and add to a slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients, except for the pasta.
  2. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  3. 20 minutes before the time is up, stir in cooked pasta.

Pot of Pasta Fagioli with noodles

You can make a vegetarian Pasta Fagioli soup recipe by skipping the sausage, and you can also use whole wheat pasta for an extra nutritious kick!

Can You Freeze Pasta Fagioli Soup?

If you intend to freeze this soup, make sure the veggies are still crunchy, otherwise, they will retain their crunchiness after defrosting/reheating the soup.

  • Cool soup completely before packaging it for freezing.
  • Add soup to a gallon or quart-size zip-top plastic freezer bags.
  • Lay bags flat in a single layer in the freezer, when frozen, stack bags to save space.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.

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Pasta Fagioli Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 bowls
Author Catalina Castravet
Pasta Fagioli Soup, also known as Pasta e Fagioli Soup, recipe is a classic Italian soup. Hearty, comforting and delicious, ready in less than one hour.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ditalini pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 3 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce no salt added
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15 ounce can red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 ounce can Great Northern beans drained and rinsed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Garnish:
  • Chopped fresh parsley

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Instructions

  • Place a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat and add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add ground Italian sausage and cook without moving for about one minute. Crumble it using a wooden spoon and continue cooking until browned about 3-5 minutes. If needed, drain excess fat.
  • Push cooked sausage to one side of the pot, so it covers only half of the bottom of the pot or Dutch oven. Add onion and garlic to the other half and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender.
  • Stir to combine the browned sausage with the onion and garlic.
  • Add chopped carrots, celery, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir and cook until tender, for about 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add dried basil, dried Italian seasoning, dried thyme, and dried rosemary. Stir to combine.
  • Add tomato sauce, chicken broth and drained and rinsed beans. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for about 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. If needed, add more water, one cup at a time.
  • In the meantime, add water a large pot over medium-high heat, season with salt. Bring to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain well, toss with a bit of olive oil and set aside.
  • Once vegetables are tender, stir in pasta until heated through.
  • Garnish with parsley if desired, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 434, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 527mg, Potassium: 541mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 3980IU, Vitamin C: 4.9mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 2.2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Pasta e Fagioli Soup
Course Dinner
Cuisine American

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  1. I made the recipe as written but it had way too much rosemary in it. I would change the rosemary amount to 1/2 teaspoon. I added 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun Seasoning to give it some zip. It was good but less rosemary would have made it better.

  2. I was born in italy and have had many variations of pasta fagioli . For such a small country there are so many different ways to cook these soups and stews depending on what was available. To say it isn’t called pasta and fagioli because you’ve cooked it differently doesn’t not make it whatvit is. Pasta and beans.punto basta.
    Happy eating no matter what we call it

  3. This soup was so simple to make and was delicious. The only update that I made was that I also added white kidney beans and doubled the amount of all the beans.5 stars

  4. Pasta Fajole means bean soup. And you don’t have to cook the pasta separately. The little Ditalini macaroni can be cooked right in the pot along with everything else

  5. In my family it never contains tomatoes, nor is it a soup. It’s just pasta with garlic and oil and a can of beans. with just enough water, so it doesn’t stick together, If nit in the mood for beans sub broccoli or cauliflower,

  6. This is not pasta fagiole soup
    My nonna explained the soup is basically pasta and beans, with your average Italian spice, s+p, garlic, onion, Italian spice optional. No meat or veggies, inthat would be minestrone

    1. Your nonna’s version sounds delicious Denise! You will have to let us know what you think of our version.

    1. It should work just fine. I would brown the meat and add all ingredients to the slow cooker except the pasta. Cook on low 7-8 hours. I would suggest cooking the pasta on the side and adding to the slow cooker or bowls just before serving.

  7. Very easy recipe to follow, and very delicious! I use pebble pasta or the pasta that is tiny and rolled up (croissant style) that holds up really nicely! Experiment and find your favorite!! So good!
    PS. I make mine vegetarian style5 stars

  8. Your pasta fagioli recipe sounds delicious but original Italian pasta fagioli does not have any meat in it. It was originally made as an inexpensive meal to feed large families. At least that is what I was told

  9. I made this and it was delicious but the noodles swell and get mushy after the first day. Do you have any suggestions. The flavor is fantastic.

    1. So glad you enjoyed it Jody! You may want to try a different brand of noodles, and possibly cook them less when you first make the soup. You may also enjoy a different noodle altogether, like an egg noodle.

  10. Super excited trying the tomato soup recipe as I write. we have a garden full of them and I am intending to freeze some of the soup!

    We grow a variety of colors, just using red, orange and yellow maybe if I get brave I will use the purple ones for a batch. Might be an amazing Halloween trick and treat!5 stars

  11. Wondering if can us my new Instant Pot? Not sure if would over cook vegs and pasta. Any ideas? By the way, love you blog hun.

  12. IF you’ve ever listened to the song “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin, you will know that the correct pronunciation for Pasta E Fagioli is Pasta Fazool……..(phonetic)

    1. To KB: That’s NOT the correct name for this soup! “Pasta Fazool” OR “Pasta Fazoo” is what American people called it, ONLY because it was easier for them to pronounce. “When The Moon Hits Your Eye Like A Big Pizza Pie That’s Amore” is ONLY a song!