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A hearty and adaptable recipe for Pasta Fagioli, a traditional Italian soup stocked with beans, meat and pasta in a flavorful herby tomato broth. A perfect one-bowl meal!

There are many variations of Pasta Fagioli. The traditional tomato base, either thick or brothy, combines some type of bean and pasta with optional meat for flavor. We love that this recipe is totally adaptable! Pasta e Fagioli translates to “pasta and beans”.

This version of Pasta Fagioli is made with ground turkey for added protein, with a bit of smoked paprika to give depth of flavor. Both fresh and dried herbs, along with tomatoes, create the flavorful broth. For more of our popular hearty soup recipes, try Ribollita and Moroccan Lentil Chickpea Soup (Harira)

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Ingredients In Pasta Fagioli

Cannellini beans and ditalini pasta are completely interchangeable with what you have on hand. Use whatever meat you prefer. Some traditions swear on pancetta. Others use bacon or ground beef. Feel free to add a plant-based option.

Ingredients in Pasta e Fagioli.

Ingredient Notes

Cannellini beans and ditalini pasta are completely interchangeable with what you have on hand. Use whatever meat you prefer. Some traditions swear on pancetta. Others use bacon or ground beef. Feel free to add a plant-based option.

  • Protein– we use ground turkey here. Feel free to substitute ground beef, ground lamb, Italian sausage, bacon, or plant-based “meat”.
  • Beans– cannellini or chickpeas, navy beans, kidney beans or whatever your favorite or a combo of two or three different types.
  • Pasta– use small-shaped pasta (gluten-free if needed) such as ditalini, shells, elbows, or orzo.
  • See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.     

Ways To Enhance

  • throw in a parmesan rind into the simmering broth for a rich enhancement.
  • add red pepper flakes or Aleppo for spice.

How To Make Pasta Fagioli

Chopped onion, carrots and celery.

Step One- As you chop your vegetables, think of the size of the noodles and chop in a roughly similar size. Keeping sizes small gives a chance for a well-rounded bite with one spoonful!

Sauteed onions, garlic and ground turkey in a pot.

Step Two- In a soup pot add olive oil and onions sauté about 5 minutes until translucent and softened.

Add garlic, ground turkey, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.  Saute about 3 minutes.

Sauteed vegetables and meat in a pot.

Step Three– Stir in celery, carrots and rosemary, basil, thyme and marjoram for about 1 minute to combine. Add broth, tomatoes, and beans simmer 20 minutes.

Simmering soup.

Step Four- Add pasta, cook until tender about 8-12 minutes. Add red wine vinegar.

Dry pasta added to simmering soup.

Step Five- Adjust salt, pepper, and vinegar to taste. Add red pepper flakes or Aleppo for spicy goodness.

Top with fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese if desired.

Pasta e Fagioli in a soup pot.

What to serve with Pasta Fagioli?

Recipe FAQS

Is Pasta e Fagioli healthy?

Made with turkey, beans and a rich tomato broth, Pasta e Fagioli is full of healthy protein, essential amino acids, and minerals.

Where does Pasta e Fagioli originate from?

A traditional Italian dish, meaning “pasta and beans”. It was a common peasant dish composed of inexpensive ingredients.

Is turkey healthy?

Turkey is high in vitamins and nutrients, low in saturated fats and high in an essential amino acid known as taurine. Taurine is important for forming an electrolyte balance in your cells, supporting general function of your nervous system, regulating immune system health and antioxidant function among many other attributes.

Can Pasta Faigioli be made vegan?

Yes, substitute plant-based meat for the turkey or leave it out adding more veggies to the mix.

More Soup Recipes You May Enjoy

Pasta Fagioli in a bowl with a spoon.

This recipe gets even more flavorful in the next day or two. Yay for leftovers!

Hope you enjoy, Tonia

Love this recipe? Please let us know in the comments and leave a 5-star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating below the recipe card.

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Pasta Fagioli

  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8+ cups 1x
  • Category: soup
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

A hearty and completely adaptable delicious soup, Pasta Fagioli is a traditional Italian soup stocked with beans, meat and pasta in a flavorful herby tomato broth.


Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 12 ounces ground turkey, ground beef, ground lamb, or plant-based substitute
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped small
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped small
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 teaspoon each dried basil, thyme, and marjoram
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 15 oz tomatoes, whole or crushed
  • 15 ounces (1 1/2 cups) northern cannellini beans, not drained
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 4 ounces dry pasta ( 1 heaping cup)- ditalini or other small pasta

Top with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese if desired.


Instructions

  1. As you chop your vegetables, think of the size of the noodles and chop in a roughly similar size.
  2. In a soup pot add olive oil and onions sauté about 5 minutes until translucent and softened.
  3. Add garlic, ground turkey, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.  Saute about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in celery, carrots and rosemary, basil, thyme and marjoram for about 1 minute to combine. Add broth, tomatoes (break up a bit with a spoon if using whole tomatoes), and beans simmer 20 minutes.
  5. Add pasta, cook until tender about 8-12 minutes. Add red wine vinegar.
  6. Adjust salt, pepper, and vinegar to taste. Add red pepper flakes or Aleppo for spicy goodness.

Top with Parmesan cheese.


Notes

Add parmesan rind to the simmering broth for a richer flavor.

If you are planning on leftovers, consider cooking the pasta separately and just adding to the portions you are serving. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 346
  • Sugar: 5.2 g
  • Sodium: 901 mg
  • Fat: 12.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38.3 g
  • Fiber: 7.5 g
  • Protein: 22.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 39.1 mg

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Comments

  1. Another delicious and easy recipe. I swapped a few ingredients for what I had in my pantry but it still tastes delicious. Thank you!

  2. Wonderful, *love* the parm rind & fresh herbs! Added carrots & celery before onion b/c texture pref. Also used 12oz TJ’s veg “beefy” crumbles instead of meat, then added extra beans for more protein. Brilliant recipe! We look forward to variations based on whatever we have, thanks so much 🙂

  3. Love this recipe ❤️ I make it whenever I want something cozy-nourishing and flavorful.

    If you’re planning to have keep leftovers in the fridge, I recommend cooking/storing the pasta separately, then combining to serve — that way the noodles keep their texture instead of turning mushy sitting in the broth.

    1. Glad you enjoyed this Lisa! What about making bruschetta with it? or a pasta salad?

  4. A wonderful recipe! This was so flavorful, warming and nutritious and came together fairly easily (one pot dinner- Yes!!) A perfect meal for a late winter evening. Subbed the cannellini beans for lima beans and ditalini for teeny shells. The leftovers froze perfectly. Thank you!

  5. This was absolutely delicious! I added chopped kale, the parmesan rind and added gluten-free elbow pasta. Thank you for such a comforting and tasty recipe.

  6. My husband and I made this last night. It was so flavorful! We made it pretty much as written only the can of tomatoes I had was slightly larger (a little over 18 Oz), I added another carrot and I used a Parmesan rind while simmering. Unfortunately we couldn’t find the exact pasta but what we used worked. Next time I’d like to make this with a smaller pasta but other than that it was superb! Will be having the leftovers for dinner tonight and am looking forward to it! Thanks for another outstanding recipe!

  7. Hope to make this over the week. Could Mayocoba beans work? I’m thinking yea but thought I’d get your thoughts.

  8. Made this tonight – came together really quick, so warming on a cold winter night. Love the flavors – added a parmesan rind to the broth, and used red kidneys – so, so good! Thank you!

  9. So delicious! This soup had so many levels of flavor, the perfect dinner for a chilly March evening. I even used some homemade smoked turkey stock to kick it up and it was amazing. Thank you!

  10. This soup is hearty and flavorful and comes together so easily. Truly amazing. I used ground turkey, fire roasted diced tomatoes, great northern beans and small shell pasta. Thank you for another winning recipe.

  11. Rave reviews from the kids! Yummy and easy. Even better flavor today then dinner last night.

    1. Sorry about that Theresa. Are you on phone, ipad or computer? There is a jump-to-recipe button at the top.

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