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 cups: 295 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 1208mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 9g fiber), 13g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 vegetable, 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 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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dzz1qy User ID: 6636475 86544
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"So good and easy to make."

jlhomka User ID: 3738475 65726
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2014


MUTTSY1 User ID: 6417165 122131
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 !"

TryPrayer User ID: 2368592 82603
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."

kcc1108 User ID: 6410537 60368
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

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

[email protected] User ID: 175508 82602
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"This was easy and delicious. I always have these ingredients on hand so it goes together quickly. It was hearty and flavorful - everyone in the family wants me to make it often."

bonniejo1961 User ID: 3019209 45037
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"My husband and I loved this soup. I used Italian Style crushed tomatoes and omitted the Italian seasoning."

TxVee User ID: 3450142 65725
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"I'd give 5 stars if I'd been able to follow the recipe exactly. But I had to use small macaroni, added a cup of water since it had to sit for a while, and used one can of navy and one can of canary beans as these were the only canned white beans I had on hand. GREAT soup - husband loved it. Just the two of us, so he added one pound of browned hamburger meat and another teaspoon of italian seasoning the next day - good stuff."

Linda Connor User ID: 5239101 45035
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"this soup was delicious, enjoyed by all. I did substitute organic spinach for the celery and added some kosher salt."

lillybow User ID: 1141272 122130
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"Great soup! Nice and thick, no one even noticed there was no meat in it. I substituted basil, garlic and oregano flavored diced tomatoes for the crushed tomatoes and added sliced cabbage."

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