- 1 cup small pasta shells
- 3/4 cup dried great northern beans
- 3/4 cup dried pinto beans
- 3/4 cup dried kidney beans
- 1/4 cup dried minced onion
- 3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 1/4 teaspoon dried minced garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- Dash crushed red pepper flakes
- ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS:
- 14 cups water, divided
- 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 3 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 celery rib, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Grated Parmesan cheese, optional
- Place pasta in a small resealable plastic bag; place in a 1-qt. glass jar. Layer with beans. Place seasonings in another plastic bag; place in jar. Cover and store in a cool dry place for up to 3 months. Yield: 1 batch.
- To prepare soup: Remove seasoning packet from jar. Remove beans; sort and rinse. Set pasta aside.
- Place beans in a Dutch oven; add 6 cups water. Bring to a boil; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 to 4 hours or until beans are softened. Drain and discard liquid.
- Return beans to the pan. Add contents of seasoning packet and remaining water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1 hour or until beans are tender. Add tomatoes, carrots, celery and salt; cover and simmer 30 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in pasta. Cover and simmer 5-10 minutes or until pasta and carrots are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf before serving. Garnish with cheese if desired. Yield: 14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Reviews for Pasta Fagioli Soup Mix
"Love this soup! I wanted to try it before giving as a gift. It turned out very well, and does make a big pot of soup (20 cups or so). I did add some cooked Italian turkey sausage at the end. Delicious! It takes a while to make, but is super easy. It is very inexpensive to make, too. I think a jar of this mix, along with the canned tomatoes, a cornbread mix, and a bottle of wine would make a wonderful cold-weather gift in a basket. I know I would love to receive it!"
"We really didn't like it. Even tried adding ground Italian sausage and parmesan. Sorry."
"Makes a lot of soup! I added some leftover ham and it was good. Lots of fiber in those beans! We make this only on weekends. Sorry honey."
"Has anyone made this in a crock pot? How long did you cook and what temp?"
"Very similar to the recipe I've made for years. I add a ham hock, though, and after it's cooked pick out what little meat it contains and return the meat to the soup. The flavor is delicately smoky and delicious!"