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Looking for a cozy, flavorful, and hassle-free meal? Look no further! This One Pot Pasta Fagioli recipe is the answer! Packed with aromatic herbs, hearty beans, and the rich taste of bacon, this dish is a true Italian classic that warms the soul. Plus, it’s a one-pot wonder, making cleanup a breeze. Wondering why you should try this recipe? Because it’s a comforting bowl of happiness, perfect for chilly nights or when you crave a taste of Italy in your own kitchen.

A white bowl with a yellow rim filled with Pasta Fagioli that is garnished with fresh parsley, grated Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

WHAT IS PASTA FAGIOLI?

Pasta Fagioli is a traditional Italian peasant dish. The ingredients to prepare this hearty soup are relatively inexpensive. Depending on the region, some Italians will prepare this as a thickened stew, while others enjoy as a brothy soup. Pancetta or bacon will often be used to flavor the fagioli. Alternatively, some preparations are vegetarian.

What kind of pasta to use in this One Pot Pasta Fagioli recipe?

This Pasta e Fagioli recipe calls for the pasta to cook in the soup broth. So, it’s best to use a small pasta shape. Ditalini is a great choice. However, feel free to use elbow macaroni, or a mezze pasta of your choice. Alternatively, break up partially used boxes of whatever pasta you have in your pantry.

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE ONE POT PASTA FAGIOLI

Chances are, you have most, or all of the ingredients in your pantry and fridge to whip up this hearty Italian soup.

  • Cannellini beans: Great Northern or Navy Beans are great substitutes.
  • Crushed tomatoes: Easily substitute with tomato sauce or tomato passata.
  • Chicken stock: Use vegetable stock to make this a Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli.
  • Bacon: Pancetta is a great alternative. Leave out if making this a vegetarian pasta soup.

Dried vs. Canned Beans

Dried beans can be used instead of canned. Using dried beans to make this Italian pasta soup will require a bit more prep as the beans should soak overnight in salt water. Alternatively, cook dried beans prior to incorporating them into the Pasta Fagioli.

Additionally, dried beans will require additional broth or water, and will take a bit longer to cook in the soup. So, once you add them to the pot, keep checking the liquid levels as they simmer. Add more, as needed.

HOW TO MAKE ONE POT PASTA FAGIOLI

This One Pot Pasta Fagioli recipe is incredibly easy to make. It requires just one pot, but its exceptional depth of flavors develops over time as it simmers to perfection, making it well worth the wait.

  1. Sauté Aromatics: Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add bacon, onion, celery, carrot, and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes until vegetables soften and bacon is rendered.
  2. Add Flavors: Stir in minced garlic and cook for another minute. Add 2 cans of beans (not rinsed or drained), 2 cans of water, crushed tomatoes, bay leaf, and chicken stock. Bring almost to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Remove bay leaf and woody stem of rosemary.
  3. Blend and Cook: Blend the remaining can of rinsed and drained beans with a ladle of the soup in a food processor or use an immersion blender. Pour the mixture back into the pot. Add ditalini pasta and cook until al dente. Stir in fresh parsley.
  4. Serve and Garnish: Ladle the piping hot Pasta Fagioli into bowls. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

TIPS ON MAKING THE BEST PASTA FAGIOLI

Preparing a delicious and healthy Pasta Fagioli is so easy! It does, however, require time to prep the vegetables, and simmer to marry all of these delicious flavor elements. Honestly, this One Pot Pasta Fagioli can be on your dinner table in about an hour!

  • Prep the ingredients first (if using dried beans, allot time for soaking overnight).
  • Dried herbs can be used instead of fresh (cut the amount in half if using dried).
  • Water can replace the broth.
  • Adding a Parmesan rind to the broth will enhance the flavor, but is not necessary.
  • Fresh spinach, escarole or other leafy greens are also great additions and should be added at the end.
  • Cook the pasta just to al dente.

SERVING AND STORING PASTA FAGIOLI

Pair this Pasta Bean Soup with a side of crusty garlic bread and/or a simple green salad for a complete meal.

Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove, adding a splash of water or broth if needed to maintain the soup’s consistency.

This soup freezes wonderfully! Store cooled soup in freezer-safe containers for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat on the stove over low heat, stirring occasionally.

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A white bowl with a yellow rim filled with Pasta Fagioli that is garnished with fresh parsley, grated Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

One Pot Pasta Fagioli


Description

Pasta e Fagioli is like a warm, cozy bowl of deliciousness. It’s the ultimate Italian comfort food. This soup-like pasta is loaded with cannellini beans, pasta and a thick tomato base. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 12 ounces ditalini pasta, uncooked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 strips bacon, diced
  • 1 carrot, minced
  • 1 celery stock, minced
  • 1/2 white onion, minced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cans cannellini beans (one can drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cans water
  • 14 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/3 cup chicken stock or water
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish
  • olive oil for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven
  2. Add the bacon, carrots, celery, onion and rosemary.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook for about 5 minutes to soften the vegetables and render the bacon.
  5. Add the garlic. Cook for another minute.
  6. Add two cans of the cannellini beans right from the can.
  7. Fill both cans with water and add to the pot.
  8. Add the crushed tomatoes and bay leaf.
  9. Season again with salt and pepper.
  10. Add the cup of chicken stock or water 
  11. Bring almost to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer hard with the lid on for about 30 to 40 minutes (stir often and continue checking the liquid levels).
  12. Remove the bay leaf and woody rosemary stem.
  13. Drain and rinse the remaining can of cannellini beans.
  14. Add to a food processor or bowl (if using an immersion blender) with a spoonful of the broth. Pulse until thickened.
  15. Pour and mix into the soup.
  16. Stir in the uncooked pasta.
  17. Add the fresh parsley.
  18. Cook until the pasta is al dente.
  19. Taste for salt.
  20. Ladle into soup bowls.
  21. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil
  22. ENJOY!

Notes

  • Substitute the ditalini pasta with elbow macaroni, small shells or a small pasta shape.
  • Use gluten-free pasta to make this a Gluten-free Pasta Fagioli
  • Replace the bacon with pancetta.
  • Eliminate the bacon to make this a vegetarian soup.
  • Tomato sauce or tomato passata can be substituted for the crushed tomatoes.
  • Allow the base to simmer hard for at least 30 minutes to develop the flavors and thicken.
  • Blend one can of the beans with a bit of the soup to thicken the soup.
  • If the soup is too thick, add a touch more stock, crushed tomatoes or water.
  • Cook the pasta just to al dente.
  • Add your favorite garnishes, fresh basil would also be great!
  • Serve with crusty bread and/or a side salad for an easy dinner.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Soup, Bisque
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Italian

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