Pasta Bean Soup Recipe
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Pasta Bean Soup Recipe

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My family loves this soup during our cold New England winters. It's very thick and hearty.—Beverly Ballaro, Lynnfield, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup uncooked small pasta shells
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 295 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 1208mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 9g fiber), 13g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 1 lean meat 3 vegetable 1 fat


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute the onion, carrot and celery in oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer. Add the broth, pasta, sugar, Italian seasoning and pepper flakes.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Add the beans and tomatoes; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pasta Bean Soup in Country Woman November/December 2002, p36

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Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"So good and easy to make."

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Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"80 F today. This soup would not only be good for a winter meal, but had to try it and it was awesome even in the heat. Love this stuff !"

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"We loved this soup. I did add a cooked pound of ground beef I had hanging out in the freezer and I think it made it better, but it would have been great without it. I love bean soups with tomatoes and is one of the better recipes I've tried.

I was on the phone with my adult son while eating it (why do they always call when you're sitting down to dinner?) and I told him how delicious it was and how it was the best meal I've ever made, which wasn't much of an exaggeration. It really is that good."

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"Reminds me of a good minestrone; very hearty and rather tasty."

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