Monday, December 12, 2016

A Comforting Winter Soup: Pasta e Fagioli

By: The Food Hunter

Small pasta and cannellini beans are the base of one of my favorite Italian soups: Pasta e Fagioli. Recipes for this popular Italian dish vary by region but typically include: soffritto, herbs and often pork and/or tomatoes.

Pasta e fagioli is a no-fuss soup that is perfect on a cold winter day. It can easily be made ahead of time, minus the pasta, and heated up for a quick weekday meal.

Pasta e Fagioli
(adapted from Italian food Forever)
3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
2 Large Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 Large Carrot, Finely Chopped
2 Celery Stalks, Finely Chopped
1 Small Onion, Finely Chopped
1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Pancetta
6 Ripe Roma Tomatoes, Chopped
1 Quart Chicken Bone Broth
2 cans Cannellini Beans
1 1/4 Cup Small Pasta Ditalini
1/3 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
Salt & Pepper
Crushed Red Pepper
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Heat the oil in a large heavy pot, then cook the onion, carrot, pancetta, and celery until soft. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Pour in the broth, beans and chopped tomatoes, and cook for 15 minutes.
Remove a few scoops of the bean mixture and puree or mash, then return to the pot.

Meanwhile cook the pasta til al dente. Add the pasta to the soup and serve in bowls topped with a drizzle of your best olive oil and grated Parmesan.


  1. That sounds like the perfect cold weather soup!

  2. Pasta e Fagioli is one of my favorite soups and your recipe looks delightful. Thanks for sharing!

  3. You can't go wrong with a soup like this during the cold winter months!

  4. What a perfectly comforting bowl of soup for a cold day! Sounds delicious

  5. This is one of my favorite soups - looks great!

  6. Love how thick and hearty your pasta e fagiol looks!

  7. I've never had this! I would love to try it though! Thank you for the great recipe to go from!

  8. On these very chilly days having a nice bowl of soup is just what we need.

  9. This soup sounds so comforting and delicious! Perfect for this time of year when it's so chilly.

  10. Ohhhhh....this is one of my favorite soups. So flavorful. I'm getting the soup making bug!

  11. Mmm, love the cannelini beans and the pancetta!

  12. My Italian "sister" makes this all the time! yum! One of my favs! Gotta give yours a go!

  13. I love to eat soups in the winter time. :-) Yummy!

  14. This sounds delicious! I think this will get put on our soup rotation this winter!

  15. Nothing beats a hot bowl of comfort and this one tops the list!

  16. Dorothy at Shockingly DeliciousDecember 15, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    I can't wait to dig into this recipe!

  17. My kids love soup. I bet they'd love this!

  18. A classic I love making this time of year, yum!

  19. How have I never made my own Pasta e Fagioli before?! This looks wonderful!