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Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe is made with onion, garlic, cannellini beans, diced tomato, ditalini pasta, red pepper flakes and simmered to perfection.


  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic
  • 1 cup (12 oz) of ditalini pasta
  • 1 can (12 oz) of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans (12 oz) of cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Start by adding olive oil and chopped onion in a large deep pan or deep pot on medium high heat. 
  2. Cook the onion for about 5 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  
  3. Add both the beans, diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper. Stir for two minutes then add the chicken broth. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low. Let the soup simmer for 10 minutes before adding the pasta. 
  4. Add the pasta and cover. On low heat, cook the pasta for 10 minutes. The soup is ready when the pasta is al dente!


  • Use high-quality ingredients: Since Pasta Fagioli Soup is a simple dish with minimal ingredients, it's important to use high-quality ingredients to enhance the flavor of the soup. Use fresh vegetables, good-quality pasta, and canned beans or tomatoes that you trust.
  • Sauté the vegetables: Sautéing the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in olive oil or butter before adding the broth and other ingredients can help to develop their flavors and add depth to the soup.
  • Add herbs and spices: Pasta Fagioli Soup is traditionally flavored with Italian herbs and spices like rosemary, thyme, oregano, and bay leaves. Add these herbs and spices to the soup while it simmers to infuse it with rich flavors.
  • Don't overcook the pasta: If you're adding pasta to the soup, be careful not to overcook it. Cook the pasta separately according to package instructions until al dente, and then add it to the soup just before serving. This will help to prevent the pasta from becoming too soft and mushy in the soup.
  • Customize to your taste: Pasta Fagioli Soup is a versatile dish that can be customized to suit your taste preferences. You can adjust the seasoning, add more or less vegetables, beans, or pasta, and even add protein like cooked ground beef, sausage, or diced chicken to make it heartier.
  • Use broth for flavor: Using a good-quality vegetable or chicken broth can add depth and richness to the soup. If you don't have broth on hand, you can use water, but the flavor may not be as robust.
  • Let it simmer: Allowing the soup to simmer for a longer time can help to develop the flavors and create a more flavorful and rich soup. Just be sure to keep an eye on the liquid levels and add more broth or water if needed to prevent the soup from becoming too thick.
  • Garnish before serving: Just before serving, consider garnishing the Pasta Fagioli Soup with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh herbs like parsley or basil, or a drizzle of olive oil for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Store and reheat properly: If you have leftovers, store the soup properly as mentioned in the previous answer, and reheat it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave, stirring occasionally, to maintain its flavors and texture.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 156.5
  • Sugar: 7.3 g
  • Sodium: 750.6 mg
  • Fat: 0.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.6 g
  • Fiber: 6.6 g
  • Protein: 8.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 9.4 mg