Pasta Fagioli

You may be thinking that Pasta Fagioli is an odd recipe to post on Labor Day. And you’re right, this soup does not scream Labor Day at all! Don’t worry, we’ll be having Southwest Burgers for dinner tonight. We spent the weekend in Orlando visiting my family and were planning to stay until this evening, but after hearing that some bad weather from Tropical Storm Lee was headed to Tallahassee today, we decided to come back a day early. So we made the 4-hour drive. Of course, when we got back into town, it was already pouring. But alas, we had no food in the house and made the dreaded trip to the grocery store. I hate going to the grocery store. I know, I know, how can a foodie hate going to the grocery store?! I just hate it, I wish I could just pay someone to go for me and could just have it all delivered to my house like a 95 year-old woman…So yeah, going to the store and in the pouring rain was the last thing I wanted to do last night! After having the discussion with the hubs about what to have for dinner, I decided it was definitely a soup kind of night.

Pasta Fagioli, or Pasta e Fagioli means pasta and beans in Italian. I have been eating this soup since I was a little girl and it’s one of my favorites! I’ve had a lot of different versions of Pasta Fagioli, some with meat, some spicy, but my favorite one is the recipe my Mom and Grandma use (duh!)! If you want to kick this up a notch, add some crushed red pepper!

Pasta Fagioli

Serves 4-6


– 1 cup diced celery

– 3/4 cup sliced, grated, or diced carrots

– 2 garlic cloves, minced

– 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil

– 1 can cannellini beans, drain half the liquid

– 4 14-ounce cans chicken broth

– 1 can petite-diced tomatoes

– 1/2-3/4 lb. ditalini pasta (depending on how much pasta you like in your soups!)

– salt and pepper to taste

– Parmesan cheese


1. In a large pot, heat olive oil on medium high heat. Add garlic, celery, and carrots. Cook for approximately 3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes (including the liquid). Allow mixture to simmer and for tomato liquid to cook down a bit, approximately 3-4 minutes. Add broth and bring to a simmer, lower heat to low. Add salt and pepper to taste.

2. In a separate pot, cook pasta. Allow pasta to be slightly al dente as it will continue to cook more when added to soup.

3. Discard about half the liquid from the beans and then pour the remaining liquid and beans to soup. Add additional salt and pepper if needed. Add pasta to soup. Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top!



  1. Yum, YUM! I love pasta fagioli soup! It’s soon going to be soup season for everyone and – while I will miss summer – I do enjoy soups!

  2. What a delicious soup! It makes a very healthy meal!

  3. This recipe makes me miss my loud but cuddly Italian grandpa. Thank you :)

  4. This is definitely a perfect rainy night soup :)

  5. I’m so ready for soup weather. The flavors in this sound so fresh and healthy. I love this recipe!

  6. I love pasta fagiloi soup! I like to eat soup year round.

  7. I’m agreed,this soup will be great on rainy day like this week in my area,cannelini bean is my favorite,i use it a lot :)

  8. Just saved this to my favorites :D sounds delicious

  9. I LOVE hearty vegetarian pastas! Thanks so much for sharing :D

  10. mmmm a favorite of ours with some garlicky garlic bread, my mouth is watering

  11. Just too bad that you had to leave early. :( But better save than sorry, right?

    The fact that this is the recipe your mother and grandmother use just proofs how good it HAS to be!


  12. Lol, I love the grocery store some days, other days I hate it. This is a wonderful recipe. Looks incredibly tasty.

  13. The weather has cooled quite a bit here this week, so soup might be on the menu!

  14. This makes me crave the fall weather even more! It looks so delicious and comforting.

  15. one of our comfort foods here and yours looks like I would love it… just with alot of cheese and Italian crusty bread yum~

  16. I’ve never used ditalini pasta and cannellini beans. This is such a comfort food that I should know how to cook it for cold days. Keeping this as my collection. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Thanks, Nami! I don’t use cannellini beans for many other things, but they work well with this soup. White beans would also work well. And the ditalini is great for soups of any kind!

  17. I love soup, and I love making soup no matter what the season. Yours looks great, very comforting!

  18. That’s spot on! I always use ditalini with pasta e fagioli!!! I like it so much! It is my favourite soup ever! I think it is the best dish to eat on a rainy night! :-)

  19. Lovely soup!!! And the drop in temps from 100º on Saturday to 68º today is putting me in the mood for autumnal recipes like this delicious gem.

  20. The weather was actually perfect for this soup yesterday (and today too!). Definitely going to have to put it on my to-do list =)

  21. I don’t care what time of year it is, Pasta Fagioli is always a good idea! :)

  22. Soup is welcome anytime of the year, and yours looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  23. A nice soup…The summer seems to have disappeared here in the UK and its cold and rainy,..A nice bowl of this soup would be perfect. A nice chunky slice of bread would just make it brilliant…

  24. I would love to have this anyday anytime! :) Im a big soup fan!
    I can see myself eating this when I arrive from school! :D

  25. Stephanie,
    This is so perfect for the cool evenings we’re getting. Soup! Yummy!
    So healthy and satisfying :) Merci!

    xo Emily

  26. Perfect comfort food. The weather is getting a little chilly now. It’s time to cook more soups! ;)

  27. My all-time favorite comfort food. Had it on Fridays growing up (am always amazed when I see meat in a recipe). And it is now cool enough to get the soup pot going. It looks picture-perfect!

  28. I love this soup but have never tried making it at home. I’m going to have to give it a try really soon. Thanks!!

  29. Pure comfort food right there. Great soup.

  30. Absolute comfort!!!!
    This is the soup which will make you feel warm and cozy…
    Totally bookmarked.

  31. this looks so cozy! want to be wearing sweatpants, slurping this up!

  32. One of my favorite Italian soups. Yours looks phenomenal!

  33. Oh yum! I always get this when we go to Olive Garden. But your version is so fresh, awesome job!

  34. My Italian roommate in college would always make this for me! Your soup brought back such great memories!!! Thanks for sharing! :D

  35. Stephanie, this is such a comforting meal. I know I can have this everyday, of it not every alternate day? It reminds me so much of minestrone soup and it’s definitely one of my favourites. Yummmmmmm… why isit that I drool every single time? Can I be a glutton? Oh my ;). Hugs, Jo

  36. Stephanie….this soup is beautiful! This would be so satisfying right now as we’ve been having a ton of rain! Nothing like a warm, beautiful, delicious soup on a rainy day. What a great picture, too! : )

  37. That is such a comfort bowl of soup, looks very delicious.

  38. This is my favorite soup!! Ahhh…I LOVE it…I wish it wasnt 1000 degrees here anymore or I would make this too! Yumm :)

  39. As soon as I feel the slightest bit of fall outside, I’m making this!! (I might have to make it sooner though)

  40. As much as I curse the weather turning cooler, I can’t WAIT for soup season! And pumpkin season. And sweaters. Ok, I guess I’m alright with fall making an appearance!

  41. Pasta fagioli is such a comforting meal to enjoy on a rainy evening and yours sounds great. I agree about grocery shopping but it doesn’t end at the store…when you get home it all has to be unloaded and put away.

  42. This looks & sounds amazing. It’s been raining here in Maine the better part of 3 days and I think soup would be a slice of heaven right about now.

  43. Love your soup! especially on a cold and raining day.

  44. This is the perfect recipe to enjoy on this cold and rainy day! Thanks for sharing.

  45. I love pasta E fagioli! It is such a hearty soup and you can tweak it to your liking. Yours looks delcious!

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