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Pasta Bean Soup

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


  • 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) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • annrms
    Apr 13, 2020

    Fantastic recipe! I omitted the sugar and doubled the hot pepper flakes. I saw a similar recipe made on TV that called for puréeing one can of the beans with a cup of water. I tried that and liked the resulting thickness in the soup. I also pre-cooked the pasta and added some to each serving. Soup was even better the next day!!

  • MarineMom_texas
    Feb 19, 2020

    Both hubby and I loved this soup. I halved it for the two of us. I made a couple of changes based on other reviews. I added ground beef which I browned with the veggies, and I used Italian style tomatoes. I had some ditalini pasta that was perfect for this recipe. We cleaned our plates. Volunteer Field Editor

  • dzz1qy
    Aug 23, 2014

    So good and easy to make.

  • jlhomka
    Jan 19, 2014


    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 !

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    Feb 27, 2013

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    Feb 1, 2013

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    Jan 10, 2013

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  • TryPrayer
    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.