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Pasta Fagioli

My older relatives brought this recipe from Italy and made it often as I was growing up . It is truly a comfort food and a balanced meal, besides. —Barb Swatz Davisburg, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup uncooked ditalini or other small pasta
  • 1/2 cup canned cannellini beans
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese


  • In a saucepan, saute onion and garlic in butter and oil. Add broth; bring to a boil. Add pasta; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until pasta is tender. Add the beans, tomatoes, spinach and salt. Cook 5 minutes longer or until heated through. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

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  • LynFisher
    Feb 19, 2021

    Very easy to make. I had all the ingredients on hand & made it for a meatless Friday meal during Lent. Will make this again for my family.

  • JMartinelli13
    Aug 28, 2020

    Simple but so delicious! The perfect meal with some nice crusty bread.

  • Connie
    Apr 5, 2020

    This was outstanding! Exceptionally flavorful! I also use this as a base, minus the beans, to make a tortellini soup. Simple and delicious. We use a good quality Parmesan cheese that we grate ourselves for that extra flavor.

  • child8
    Jun 1, 2010

    This is a deliciously satisfying soup. My husband, who is not big on homemade soups, loves this one. Even my grandkids love it.

  • Cassiebabe_Calif
    Jun 7, 2008

    Hi Barb,     Thank you so much for posting this receipe.  I love soups like this and have been looking for a Pasta Bean soup for quite a while.  I will definately be making this.                                           chio                                                   Barbara