Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe
- 1/2 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed, crumbled
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 cups water
- 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 3/4 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, cut into strips
- 5 teaspoons shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1. In a large saucepan, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and set aside. In the same pan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer.
- 2. Add the water, beans, tomatoes, broth, macaroni and pepper; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
- 3. Reduce heat to low; stir in sausage and spinach. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Garnish with cheese. Yield: 5 servings.
1-1/3 cups equals 228 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 841 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 16 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
Reviews for Pasta Fagioli Soup
"Delicious! It is a very light soup. I regret not making a double batch as there were no leftovers."
"Raves from everyone I serve this soup to. It's delicious and easy to prepare. I've made it exactly to the recipe and it's terrific. But I personalize it by using Italian Sweet Sausage and adding 1 teaspoon of basil and a few sprinkles of Italian seasoning. I would recommend maybe doubling the chicken broth, especially if you are making enough to have leftovers. So, so good. I've made this several times and it's a winner every time! Have a small bowl left in the refrigerator right now!"
"This is so simple, it's hard to believe it could be so good. I did make some changes. I try to eat gluten-free and used a GF penne pasta I had on hand. I used more spinach, cannellini beans, dried Italian seasoning and 2 large cloves of garlic. Next time I will double the recipe and use more chicken broth—I want some leftovers! I can't wait!"
"I made this delicious soup last night and we loved it. At first my husband turned his nose up at it but after a couple of bites, he cleaned his bowl and wanted more. I did add one chopped carrot and used Ditalini pasta (a small tubular pasta) and added some Italian seasoning at the end as I felt it was a little bland but taste it for yourself and see. I highly recommend this recipe as a Volunteer Field Editor."
"Very good. I recommend doubling the water & chicken broth. Used penne instead of macaroni as that was what I had on-hand."
"Used small shells instead of macaroni, also used 3 cloves of garlic and a couple of chopped carrots. From the garden, I added 2 -4" sprigs of rosemary, some fresh sage leaves, and a bay leaf, and removed them all before serving. The flavor was great. Yay for healthy, easy dinners!"
"This is delicious and even better the 2nd day! I added 1 carrot thinly sliced and then halved and used cannellini beans. Family loved it."
"Delicious! this is the third time I am making this(and upon popular request)!!This recipe ia what my Italian relatives made!! I just added carrot.thanks for sharing!"
"Delicious! this is the third time I am making this(upon popular request)!!This recipe ia what my Italian relatives made!! I just added carrot.thanks for sharing!"
"Great taste and good for people with diabetes"
"I make this all the time for my family and they just love it. I make it mine by using more water for an entire box of ditalini pasta, cannelini beans for a more authentic italian flare and chicken sausage to make it healthier."
"I absolutely loved this recipe! I used cavatappi pasta in place of elbow, and all water with three reduced sodium chicken bouillon cubes, as the cooking liquid. Cannot wait to make this again!"
"This is a delicious soup! I used 2 cloves of garlic and hot italian sausage. I also served it with a garlic & parmesan baguette. I think the next time I make it, which will be soon, I'll try some of the suggestions in the other reviews. I love having Taste of Home as a resource for recipes!"
"I make this all the time.We love it. I use chicken broth instead of water. I also use ditalini instead of elbow mac. We love tastes great the next day."
"I will be making this recipe again very soon. The only changes I made was adding 3 cloves of garlic and using hot Italian turkey sausage links. Excellent recipe. My husband really liked it. It was great for lunch heated in the microwave the next day. Delicious."
"This basic recipe is Yummy, I use 3 cloves of garlic, 32oz. container of fat free, low sodium chicken stock,no water and 1/2 cup of ditalini. I also saute the sausage,drain off the excess fat and then add the onion and garlic and saute that along with the sausage. I then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer together with an additional can of beans. Because of my changes I give this 4 stars and have made it several times. It is delicious."
"Excellent! Very hardy and even better the next day!"
"excelent, great with garlic bread!"
"I love this recipe and make it quite often. I typically double the recipe and make a few modifications. I use Jennie-O Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey and I add yellow squash and zucchini for some more veggies. It is super healthy and very tasty."
"This recipe is fantastic.I used Italian sausage and all chicken broth for liquid. It is as tasty as any restaurant pasta fagiloi.SJS9"
"I have made this quite a few times and my husband really loves it. He really likes it the next day so the flavours have had a chance to mix."
"I ended up adding beef broth, another can of diced tomatoes and a can of refried beans.By the time I got done it wasn't Pasta Fagioli soup anymore, but at least it was quite tasty."
"I wouldn't compare it to Olive Garden's, but it is very good and super easy. I will definitely make it again."
"sorry, forgot to rate this."
"it's a pretty good recipe, I used red pepper flakes, no water but all chicken broth and a table spoon full of tomato paste. Turned oud pretty good."
"I made it just like the recipe. It came very close to the Olive Garden's. It was so good. My neighbor loved it also."
"I didn't think it was too bad, but not nearly as good as i expected. Family hated it, dogs loved it."
"Going to try it this weekend. Sounds good."
"Great soup and easy to fix."
"Made it with Italian sausage and it was fantastic."
"babsvo07-check out the recipes for Homemade Sage Sausage Patties(appeared in Country Woman Christmas) and Homemade Italian Turkey Sausage (appeared in Light & Tasty) for sausage you can make and control the sodium. Both are 5-star recipes."
"A new family favorite! I make it with lots more fluid and a pound of Ditalini instead of elbows but otherwise it is the best I've ever had."
"This was outstanding! My husband was surprised that the turkey sausage tasted so good. I used whole wheat pasta and added a little more spinach. It was one of the best things that I have ever made."
"i LOVE THIS PASTA FAGIOLI SOUP! I MADE IT TWICE AND STILL DREAM ABOUT IT AFTER ITS LONG GONE..."
"Not as good as I had hoped."
"Have to try with mexican tomatoes I love this soup. Sooo Good. Just made it for the first time this season yummy!!!!"
"I used mexican diced tomatoes (with jalapenos or green chillis)for a little kick and used whole wheat elbow macaroni. I've made it 3 weekends in a row! Its awesome!"
"I would try just plain ground turkey or beef an then season your self. Haven;'t tried it but should be good. This is a allaround good soup going to make again this weekend can't wait. A+++++++"
"i need a recipe for one hundred serving"
"I love this at the Olive Garden. I will definately have to try it! This is the only thing I know to order there! LOL :0)Angie"
"Made this last night goes together fast and tastes great everyone liked it I think it compares major resturant chains soup very good 5 stars all the way"
"This soup is great even my husband enjoyed it, jgraves"