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Pasta e Fagioli

December 30, 2017 (Last Updated: May 30, 2019)

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Italian soup with pasta and beans

Pasta e Fagioli in a white bowl with crispy toasted bread

Sometimes we need a warm bowl of soup – especially on these cold snowy days! Pasta e Fagioli is an Italian soup with pasta and beans. This is a completely satisfying soup for lunch or dinner. 

Bowl of Pasta e Fagioli

For this soup I used white beans, but you could also use kidney beans, garbanzo beans or really almost any kind of bean. The pasta is pretty flexible too. You just want a small sized pasta.

Two bowls of Pasta Fagioli

I made a huge pot of this soup for dinner and then reheated the leftovers for lunch the next day. Totally delicious and satisfying for both meals.

Pasta e Fagioli filled with pasta, beans and topped with cheese

To make this soup, you start with bacon! Yes, bacon!!! The bacon is cooked crisp and then reserved for topping when serving. You use all that delicious bacon grease to saute the onions and garlic. It really sets the flavor up for an amazing soup.

The most difficult part is not nibbling on all those cooked crunchy bacon bits! You may want to consider cooking an extra piece just for nibbling!

Pasta e Fagioli is a hearty Italian soup with pasta and beans. This soup is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. #soup


5 from 4 votes
Italian pasta e fagioli - soup with pasta and beans
Pasta e Fagioli
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

Italian soup with pasta and beans

Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bean soup, Italian soup, Italian soup recipe, pasta soup, soup
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 153 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots finely diced
  • 3 stalks celery finely diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz can
  • 2 cans white beans 15 oz can
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup pasta small size
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Chopped parsley
  1. Cut bacon into small bits.  Cook in a large soup pot until crispy.  Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.  Keep bacon grease in pot.

  2. Add diced onion.  Cook over medium heat until onion is soft. Add garlic and continue cooking for another 2 minutes.  

  3. Add one cup of chicken broth. Stir and try to stir all brown bits on bottom of pan into the broth.  Add remaining broth.

  4. Add carrots and celery and can of tomatoes with juice.

  5. Drain and rinse beans.  Add to pot.

  6. Add salt, pepper and bay leaf.

  7. Bring to a simmer and cook over low heat for 30-40 minutes until carrots are cooked through.

  8. Add pasta.  Continue simmering for 8-10 minutes until pasta is cooked through.  Taste soup and add additional salt and pepper as needed.  Remove bay leaf.

  1. Dish up soup and sprinkle on a small amount of Parmesan cheese, bacon bits and fresh parsley. 

Nutrition Facts
Pasta e Fagioli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 153 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 1167mg51%
Potassium 684mg20%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 3310IU66%
Vitamin C 22.9mg28%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    January 4, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    5 stars
    Lovely! This is so much my kind of food! It’s raining here after a few scorching weeks and this is the time for soup.

    • Reply
      January 5, 2018 at 5:45 am

      I hope you enjoy it! Stay dry out there!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 4, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Love this hearty soup Kathy! Filled with delicious , healthy ingredients to keep me satisfied for hours! Happy New Year. So excited to see what you’ll be sharing in 2018!

    • Reply
      January 5, 2018 at 5:44 am

      Happy New Year to you too!

  • Reply
    Ashika | Gardening Foodie
    January 4, 2018 at 11:17 am

    5 stars
    This soup looks so hearty and comforting….I absolutely love it for a cold day dinner.
    Thank you for the great recipe and a Happy New Year Kathy…looking forward to more yummy recipes this year 🙂

    • Reply
      January 5, 2018 at 5:44 am

      The cold days are here so I guess that means more soup!

  • Reply
    Leanne | Crumb Top Baking
    January 4, 2018 at 8:54 am

    I love soup season and all the cozy, comfort it brings! This one looks delicious and sounds like a hearty meal with all the beans, pasta and bacon! Yum! Happy 2018!

    • Reply
      January 5, 2018 at 5:44 am

      This soup makes a delicious meal! Stay warm!!!

  • Reply
    January 4, 2018 at 8:13 am

    5 stars
    This recipe speaks to my soul! And anything with bacon certainly gets my vote! Happy New Year, my friend!

    • Reply
      January 5, 2018 at 5:43 am

      A little bacon always makes things better!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    January 4, 2018 at 7:33 am

    5 stars
    This is my kinda soup, Kathy! Pasta, beans and let’s not forget crispy bacon! It’s so cold here lately and this would be perfect. Bread, wine and a big bowl (or two) of this and I’m set. Happy 2018! Can’t wait to see all your yummy recipes in the months ahead 🙂

    • Reply
      January 5, 2018 at 5:43 am

      This is a perfect soup for the weather you’ve been having! Stay warm!!!

  • Reply
    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    January 3, 2018 at 11:04 am

    This is one of my go to meals when I don’t want to make a trip to the grocery store as I usually have everything needed. I like the idea of the crispy bacon topping.

    • Reply
      January 4, 2018 at 6:29 am

      You’ve got to try it with the bacon! It is a perfect addition!

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    January 2, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    How did you know this is what I need today 😉 ? This looks so com forting and warm!! Perfect after the holiday to. Happy New Year! Take care.

    • Reply
      January 4, 2018 at 6:31 am

      A nice bowl of soup is perfect just about any day! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 2, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Pasta fagioli is such a classic soup, Kathy! Laura is part-Italian, so this one ranks up there pretty high in our book…although I’m not sure I’ve ever made a homemade version. We’re heading into serious soup season here, and I’m thinking pasta fagioli might need to appear on the menu. Thank you for the inspiration, and stay warm, my friend!!

    • Reply
      January 4, 2018 at 6:33 am

      Laura would be totally impressed if you made her this soup! Hope those storms are wrecking too much havoc for you!

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    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    December 30, 2017 at 8:01 am

    We’re having 80 degree weather here in San Diego, but this soup looks good enough to serve at anytime! Happy New Year to you!

    • Reply
      December 31, 2017 at 6:14 am

      Oh how I wish for 80 degrees! We received more than 2 feet of snow the past few days! Today it is supposed to be nice and sunny – but still cold! 🙂 Happy New Year!

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