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Pasta Fagioli Soup

My husband enjoys my version of this dish so much that he doesn’t order it at restaurants anymore. With fresh spinach, pasta and seasoned sausage, this fast-to-fix soup is a meal on its own. —Brenda Thomas, Springfield, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 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 Facts
1-1/3 cups: 228 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 841mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Lee
    Nov 30, 2020

    I used some sweet Italian sausage and added some salt to the recipe. Otherwise, made it as directed and it was so good! First truly cold day in my part of Georgia and this hit the spot! DH put some hot sauce on his, but he does that to practically everything. Nourishing and tasty!

  • BarbBat
    Nov 7, 2020

    I just made this soup with ALL the ingredients as in the recipe and IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!

    Nov 4, 2020

    Sorry this is NOT Pasta Fagioli aka Pasta Fazul or Pastafazool! No I did not make this Recipe ! In Translation of the name it is "Pasta & Beans" NO Meat as this was used during the Lenten Season esp on Fridays & for some Italians like my Mom's family that grew up dirt poor this was sometimes the only thing that they could afford like Polenta back in the day! I am Italian, Mom from the North in Caprille, & Dad from the Southern part of the Boot, hence using Both names of this meal.

  • Pamela
    Nov 4, 2020

    Hi Teri, your soup sounds best. How about sharing the recipe you use I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

  • Teri
    Oct 24, 2020

    As another reviewer noted, this recipe is NOT pastafazool as I have had it in my Italian family. It was originally meant as a soup for Fridays as years ago if you were Catholic you had to abstain from eating meat. So, there was no meat in our pastafazool. We cooked our own beans and used the liquid they cooked in as a part of the soup. We made tomato gravy (sauce) that had onions, garlic, crushed tomatoes, parsley, and Romano cheese. Then we added some dried cayenne peppers crushed. Lots and lots of flavor without a lot of ingredients. I still make it today (on Fridays or any other day) the same way my great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother made it. Growing up, it was my favorite Italian meal.

  • Paolo
    Jun 21, 2020

    As an Italian, I must object to the blandness of this recipe. I am fine if you want to call it soup, but please, you can't use the Italian staple name of Pasta e Fagioli. Just call it turkey pasta and beans, or something long those lines.

  • auntiefia
    Mar 30, 2020

    I sauteed the chopped medium onion

  • Claudia
    Mar 19, 2020

    I used diced tomatoes with seasonings, made my broth with bouillon and seasoned with Italian seasonings. Tasted really good when improvised. Claudia

  • Emma
    Feb 27, 2020

    I had to make this soup for a project in my cooking class. In my opinion, it wasn´t very good. We had to add more noodles and tomato sauce to make it taste better. I also did not like the large chunks of tomato in the soup.

  • alex
    Feb 27, 2020

    The soup was kind of bland the only thing that gave it a lot of flavors was the sausage and personally I added too many noodles