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Pasta Fagioli Recipe

Pasta Fagioli is a classic Italian soup that’s perfect for getting into the Fall spirit! Tender white beans, wholesome pasta, a medley of fragrant diced veggies, and a flavorful tomato broth make this delicious soup a definite keeper.

pasta fagioli soup in a white dutch oven with ladle inside the soup

It’s soup weather, you guys! Or at least it’s getting there, you know? I love this time of year when we can all start to look forward to pulling out the sweaters, scarves, and, of course, the soup recipes!

Why I Love Pasta Fagioli Soup

  • Seasonal Comfort: Perfect for cooler weather, pairing well with cozy sweaters and scarves.
  • Italian Favorite: If you love minestrone, you’ll adore Pasta Fagioli, a classic Italian soup.
  • Hearty Ingredients: Features a blend of white beans, small pasta, and the traditional mix of carrots, celery, and onion.
  • Restaurant-Quality: Enjoy a high-quality, old-fashioned soup right at home.
up close shot of a ladle spooning out pasta fagioli soup

Ingredients Needed

The basic ingredients in this recipe include beans, pasta, and veggies. I also like to put Italian sausage in mine for extra flavor and a bit of hearty protein. However, you could use a ham bone, some smoked diced bacon, or just leave out the sausage and make a vegetarian version.

  • Olive Oil: You’ll need two tablespoons of olive oil, divided, for sauteing.
  • Sausage: Both spicy and sweet Italian sausage work in this recipe.
  • Onion: A small onion, finely chopped, gives this recipe sweet and savory veggie flavor.
  • Celery: Thinly slice up some celery to add to the veggies.
  • Carrots: Dice up some carrots, or use carrot slices or matchsticks. 
  • Garlic: I like to use four cloves of fresh garlic, but you can also substitute about a teaspoon and a half of garlic powder.
  • Tomato Paste: Tomato paste packs a lot of savory veggie goodness into a small space.
  • Tomatoes & Tomato Sauce: To build on the tomato-veggie base of the soup.
  • Beans: You’ll need canned great northern beans, drained and rinsed.
  • Broth: I use low sodium chicken broth in this soup, but you can substitute vegetable broth or even water.
  • Sugar: A couple of teaspoons of sugar brings out the flavor of the sausage, onion, and beans.
  • Herbs: This soup is great with Italian seasonings, or use 1 teaspoon each of dried crushed rosemary, dried basil, dried oregano, and dried thyme.
  • Pasta: I use this small ring pasta or ditalini, but any small pasta shapes will work.
  • Parmesan and Parsley: To garnish this soup, I like to sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan and fresh, chopped parsley over each serving.

How to Make Pasta Fagioli Soup

  1. Cook the Sausage. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a Dutch oven, or a large deep pot, set over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook for about 5 minutes. Then, transfer it to a plate and set it aside.
  2. Cook the Aromatics and Tomato Paste. In the same pot, cook the onions, celery, and carrots, then add garlic and tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add Remaining Ingredients. Combine the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, sugar, rosemary, herbs, and cooked sausage in the pot. Bring to a boil, add pasta, and simmer until pasta is al dente.
  4. Finish and Serve. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust to your liking. Serve the soup in bowls, garnished with parmesan and parsley.

    Recipe Variations

    • Make it creamy: If you want a thicker, creamier base to your soup, you can simply remove a cup or so of the soup and blend it up in a blender, then, stir the blended soup back into the pot.
    • Parmesan: If you have any Parmesan rind on hand, toss some into the simmering soup for extra flavor. This is a great trick that works with a lot of soups.
    • Use dried beans: Soak half a pound of dried great northern beans overnight (at least 8 hours), then rinse and drain before cooking. Note that soaked beans may take longer to cook and might need extra water. Expect a minimum cooking time of 20 to 30 minutes.
    • Add veggies: Feel free to toss leftover spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, or other veggies into your pasta fagioli for extra nutrition and to avoid wasting leftovers.
    overhead shot of pasta fagioli served in a bowl with a spoon

    What To Serve With Soup

    I like to have these soft Butter Swim Biscuits with pasta fagioli, but for a quicker option, try these easy Air Fryer Red Lobster Biscuits. For a refreshingly crisp serving, try my recipe for Air Fryer Zucchini Fries. Also, Caprese salad is my go-to when I need the perfect side dish. To up the ante, make this Creamy Caprese Stuffed Avocado recipe.

    How to Store Leftovers

    • To store leftover soup, place into airtight containers and refrigerate for 3 to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
    • To reheat, place the desired portion in a saucepan (add water if it is too thick) and heat on medium-low until the soup is hot, stirring occasionally. 

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    pasta fagioli soup in a white dutch oven with ladle inside the soup
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    5 from 13 votes

    Pasta Fagioli Soup

    Tender white beans, wholesome pasta, flavorful smoked sausage, and a savory broth make this classic Italian soup a family favorite.
    Prep Time10 minutes
    Cook Time30 minutes
    Total Time40 minutes
    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: Italian
    Keyword: bean soup, pasta e fagioli, pasta fagioli
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 358kcal

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • 1 pound spicy or sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings
    • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
    • 3 celery ribs, thinly sliced
    • 2 carrots, diced
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • Salt and Freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 cans (15 ounces each) great northern beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes
    • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
    • 6 to 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
    • 2 teaspoons sugar
    • 1 teaspoon dried crushed rosemary
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1-½ cups ditalini pasta, or any other small shaped pasta
    • Freshly grated Parmesan, for garnish
    • Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

    Instructions

    • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a Dutch oven or a large deep pot set over medium heat.
    • Add sausage and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon; cook for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
    • Transfer cooked sausage to a plate and set aside.
    • Heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the same pot.
    • Stir in the onions, celery, and carrots; cook for 5 minutes.
    • Add garlic and cook for 20 seconds, or until fragrant.
    • Stir in the tomato paste.
    • Season with salt and pepper.
    • Add in beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chicken broth.
    • Stir in the sugar, rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme, and previously cooked sausage; increase heat and bring to a boil.
    • Once boiling, stir in the pasta and reduce heat to medium.
    • Cook for 8 minutes, or until pasta is al dente.
    • Taste soup for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
    • Remove from heat.
    • Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with freshly grated parmesan and parsley.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 447mg | Potassium: 735mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1875IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 3mg

    36 Comments

    • Erik
      Sep 9, 2021 at 5:38 pm

      5 stars
      This is the perfect dinner for those chilly fall nights!

      Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Sep 10, 2021 at 11:51 am

        Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

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      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Sep 13, 2021 at 2:39 pm

        I hope you enjoy it! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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    • Krystle
      Sep 9, 2021 at 9:48 pm

      5 stars
      This soup is so filling and flavorful. It is perfect for chilly nights like tonight.

      Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Sep 10, 2021 at 11:50 am

        I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

        Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Sep 13, 2021 at 2:39 pm

        Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

        Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Sep 13, 2021 at 2:40 pm

        Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

        Reply
    • Catalina
      Sep 10, 2021 at 4:01 am

      5 stars
      I love how hearty this pasta and fagioli is! My favorite dish!

      Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Sep 10, 2021 at 11:50 am

        Thank YOU! I hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

        Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Sep 13, 2021 at 2:41 pm

        I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

        Reply
    • Sandra
      Sep 10, 2021 at 2:42 pm

      5 stars
      Such a really satisfying meal! Everyone loved this for dinner last night!

      Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Sep 13, 2021 at 2:38 pm

        That’s so good to hear! I am very glad everyone enjoyed it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

        Reply
    • Beth
      Sep 10, 2021 at 3:42 pm

      5 stars
      Pasta fagioli is one of our favorite comfort foods. My family DEVOURED this pasta! I’m definitely adding this to our rotation for dinner!

      Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Sep 13, 2021 at 2:38 pm

        That’s great to hear! I’m very happy you and your family enjoyed it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

        Reply
    • Amanda Livesay
      Sep 12, 2021 at 10:52 am

      5 stars
      This is such a yummy soup for a chilly day! My kids loved it!

      Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Sep 13, 2021 at 2:34 pm

        I’m very glad you and your kids enjoyed it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

        Reply
    • Cathy
      Sep 13, 2021 at 12:39 pm

      This is one of my all time favorite soups!

      Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Sep 13, 2021 at 2:32 pm

        I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

        Reply
    • D Craig
      Dec 1, 2021 at 11:28 am

      Nothing like telling us how much sausage, or should I just make that part up?

      Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina
        Dec 2, 2021 at 9:20 am

        You will need 1 pound. That information is included in the recipe card which is located towards the bottom of the post. You can also just click on the “Jump to Recipe” button at the top of the post and that will automatically scroll you down to the recipe card.

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      • Betty
        Nov 6, 2022 at 1:58 pm

        It says 1 lb!

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      • Peg
        Dec 30, 2022 at 1:32 pm

        Unnecessary dude

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      • Betty
        Jul 16, 2023 at 12:38 pm

        It’s listed in the ingredients! 1 pound spicy or sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings.

        Reply
    • Rosalyn
      Dec 5, 2021 at 10:10 am

      5 stars
      This is by far the best one.esp if a member has a swallow problem or toddler. It’s so tasty plus I never used pasta rings which does not β€œclog” in their mouth. Thanks so much. I gave my dau a container to try but her husband ate the whole batch!

      Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Dec 8, 2021 at 4:01 pm

        That’s great to hear! I’m very glad everyone loved it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

        Reply
    • Rhonda Childress
      Sep 24, 2022 at 4:21 pm

      5 stars
      This is so good!!! My whole family loved it

      Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Sep 26, 2022 at 10:53 am

        Thank YOU! I’m very glad you and your family enjoyed it! πŸ™‚

        Reply
    • Ivory
      Dec 28, 2022 at 6:00 pm

      5 stars
      This looks beyond yummy. Can hardly wait to have this dish on our dinner table. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year

      Reply
    • Kelli H
      Jan 15, 2023 at 8:51 pm

      5 stars
      So delicious! I left out the sugar and used chicken sausage. We all loved it.

      Reply
    • Lily
      Jan 16, 2023 at 1:36 pm

      5 stars
      I make this all the time it’s an all time favorite dish! It’s perfect with the spicy sausage on a cold day

      Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina Petrovska
        Jan 18, 2023 at 1:24 pm

        That’s great to hear! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! πŸ™‚

        Reply
    • Tricia
      Sep 13, 2023 at 3:42 pm

      5 stars
      Delicious! Made extra to share and everyone loved it.

      Reply
    • June
      Jan 4, 2024 at 8:08 pm

      5 stars
      This soup is also my new fav. So hearty and delicious!
      I β€˜ve made it 4 times with my free range pork sausage.

      Reply
      • Katerina
        Katerina
        Jan 9, 2024 at 12:12 pm

        I’m so glad to hear that you love the soup!

        Reply

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