Pasta Fagioli Soup
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
Makes5 servings (about 1-3/4 quarts)
- 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 as desired
- 5 teaspoons shredded Parmesan cheese
- In a large saucepan, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain, remove from pan and set aside. In the same pan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer.
- Add the water, beans, tomatoes, broth, macaroni and pepper; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, until macaroni is tender, 8-10 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low; stir in sausage and spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted, 2-3 minutes. Garnish with cheese.
Nutrition Facts1-1/3 cups: 228 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 841mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 16g protein.
Nov 4, 2019
I don't feel I can rate the recipe as I made so many changes with ingredients on hand and just used this as a base recipe. As long as the ingredient portions are the same, recipes tend to be fine. I doubled the recipe (we love soup) so I could freeze some. I used a can of cannellini beans and a can of garbanzo beans. I had a 15 ounce can of fire roasted dice tomatoes and one of Italian seasoned stewed tomatoes that I also used. In addition, I used 1 1/2 cups of ditalini pasta and a half bag of leftover baby spinach. I also threw in some Italian seasoning and the soup was delicious (5 stars here). The original recipe above did not not seem to have much seasoning it but what I made seemed perfect for us.
Sep 29, 2019
I doubled the recipe based on other reviews. I didn't have a problem with it not having enough liquid. It was good, but bland for us as written. I added some Italian seasoning and used hot sausage, but it still needed more oomph.
Aug 28, 2019
I made this as stated and it was dry. Pasta e Fagioli literally means pasta and beans. Traditionally it's made without meat since it was a peasant's dish and the Italian people usually had cheaper items on hand. A small pasta, cannellini beans, whole peeled tomatoes, carrots, a parmesan rind or grated parm, garlic, onions and kale or spinach, basil, possibly bay leaves and pasta water or broth if they had it. All that said, this was a good attempt at making an Americanized version but there wasn't enough broth for it to turn out as a soup. I have added meat to mine before as it adds a different level of flavor. Please don't be offended in any way by my comment. It's meant to inform only.
Aug 26, 2019
@Faith couple of questions: did you not have any more broth to add or what happened to your water supply? when making soup one must stir and taste occasionally, and add as necessary I.e. seasonings etc. And in this case you're cooking dry pasta in the soup and maybe not enough liquid!
Apr 2, 2019
I made this tonight EXACTLY using your directions. There was very little liquid when I finished so it wasn’t like a soup but meat, noodles, beans. It was very tasty but it was not a soup.
Feb 14, 2019
I've made this recipe "as is" ( just some Italian seasoning ) many times and we've always enjoyed it. That said, the last time I made it I had a container of Trader Joe's Mirepoix that I needed to use, so in it went. And, I only had hot Italian pork sausage, so in it went. Had cannellini beans not Navy, so in they went. Then I added a second can of the chicken broth, some Italian seasoning and the rest of the ingredients called for ( eliminated the onion because there seemed like enough in the Mirepoix ). Honestly, it was delicious. I might just continue with my "kitchen clean-up version" -- lol.
Feb 13, 2019
Made the soup last week. Substituted sweet Italian sausage for the turkey. Very good. Even hubby liked it!
Feb 11, 2019
Loved it and it was so easy to make!
Oct 29, 2016
I have made this soup many times and love it. I do cut the pasta in half and it is still a very substantial soup!
Jan 19, 2016
Delicious! It is a very light soup. I regret not making a double batch as there were no leftovers.