Lightened-Up Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe
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Lightened-Up Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe

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After trying pasta fagioli at a popular restaurant, I was determined to make it at home, only healthier. It turns out mine was a big hit! Loaded with veggies, it is such a simple way to boost nutrition and fiber at mealtime. —Cindie Kitchin, Grants Pass, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cut green beans (1-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 276 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 379mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 8g fiber), 21g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 2 lean mea


  1. In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook the turkey, onion, celery and carrots over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the water, beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, parsley, bouillon, oregano, basil and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Add the cabbage, green beans and macaroni; cover and simmer 8-10 minutes longer or until the vegetables and macaroni are tender. Yield: 6 servings (2-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Lightened-Up Pasta Fagioli Soup in Healthy Cooking February/March 2010, p42

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"Love this soup! There's just the two of us and this makes enough that I can freeze some."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"We love this soup!! We have this soup all the time. Thanks for sharing!"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"This is a hearty flavorful soup. Will definitely make it again. Saved the recipe as posted."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"Our whole family really loves this soup which makes this recipe five stars for me (my kids are 4 and 7 and we are all rarely on the same page at dinner time). . If you are going to use ground turkey, make sure to use ground turkey breast otherwise the fat content is higher than if you use lean ground beef. I'm not sure why some reviewers think it's bland. The veggies really stand out in this soup. I would highly recommend using fresh green beans over frozen and I always add extra broth b/c the pasta soaks up a lot of the liquid and our family likes it brothy. Top it with parmesan, serve it with bread and yum. Great recipe!"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"I altered this by using ground beef instead of turkey and my family really liked it. Next time I will leave out the frozen green beans, those we hated. Even my picky 8 year old daughter ate this. Will be making again!!!"

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