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Lightened-Up Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe

Lightened-Up Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

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 meat.

Reviews for Lightened-Up Pasta Fagioli Soup

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harveena 240654
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

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

Spooky123 215148
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

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

Snowqueen5 94694
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

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

Krumply 175450
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!"

RendiB 179708
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!!!"

Terri Hale 102198
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"I love Pasta Fagioli ever since I tried it at Olive Garden. This is easy to make and has loads of flavor. I make this monthly in cool weather."

grafixgirl75 210136
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"I always make the recipes as directed the first time & then decide if i would alter in the future. This looks like it will be so full of flavor but was very bland. we were trying to add every salt free seasoning we could at the dinner table but couldnt get this dish to have any taste. IF i tried it again i would take everyones advice & use some sausage & a flavored diced tomato. Too bad because it made a lot & looks delicious."

cjhbellamy 177035
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"I love this recipe but i do alter it a bit to make it more flavorful. I use ground beef instead of turkey, double the garlic, and use 3 tsp of bouillon. I also end up adding more water because its too thick once you cook the pasta. Other than that, this is a wonderful recipe!"

NansDream 115765
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2010

"More than likely I would not make this recipe again. If I did make it again I would either use Turkey Sausage along with the ground Turkey or Italian Seasoned Tomatoes, or maybe even V8 instead of the tomato sauce, as it’s really quite bland and flavorless. Really wish I could rate it higher."

dellert 179707
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2010

"When I heated leftovers at work, a number of people came into the breakroom to inquire of the great aroma from my lunch. It really tastes great!"

anncash 91019
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"A bit bhlaa to me, so I perked it up with red pepper flakes, V8 juice and basil pesto meat balls and a sprinkle of parmesan and mozzarella on the top."

mother of 3 173778
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"Mmm! Tasted like clam chowder w/o the clams to me. I tripled it, used beef broth instead of water, used two large cans crushed tomatoes, & omitted the last two vegetables. I added regular beef boullion & a small amount of cayenne pepper. Yummy."

eweniquelyewe 160819
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

"glad you all liked the soup. my original recipe actually does call for lean ground beef but the magazine decided to make it healthier by using ground turkey."

jmscoker 158498
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"Delicious! Husband said it "tasted low sodium", but we still thought it was great. (Substituted spinach for cabbage)"

DebMartin 94692
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"Great recipe! Definitely will make again - my husband loved it."

jrieley 173776
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"Awesome!! Light because it is loaded with vegetables, but satisfying enough for my hungry men folk!"

labeegeez 173775
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2010

"Hearty and very good. I think the "3 cups of water" should be 8 cups, because by the time I got to step 2 it was too thick. I had to stir in 4 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth before I could add the macaroni, cabbage, and green beans. (I did use 1/3 pound more of ground turkey, cuz my package held 1-1/3 lb., and I used 3 cloves of garlic). I served it with grated parmesan cheese."

Ronday 160817
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"This soup is delicious! I replaced the ground turkey with 1/2 lb ground beef 7% fat & 1 can white beans and added 1 can V-8 (12 oz size maybe)."

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