Pasta e Fagioli #SundaySupper

Pasta e Fagioli
Pasta e Fagioli dishes up pasta and beans for a hearty soup.

This week Sunday Supper is sharing our versions of a Taste of Italy. This was a tough one for me. There are so many great Italian dishes. Decisions, decisions.
You know what a soup nut I am. My first thoughts went to Cioppino, Minestrone, Italian Wedding, Zuppa of broth and bread or Pasta e Fagioli? So which one should I make?
I chose to keep it simple.

Pasta e Fagioli bowl

Pasta e Fagioli setting

Pasta e Fagioli

Soups like Pasta e Fagioli vary from region to region in Italy like chicken noodle does here in the United States. What holds true is each has its two core ingredients. Pasta e Fagioli literally is “pasta and beans”. Of course chicken noodle is, well, chicken and noodles.
The beauty of pasta e fagioli is that it is so simple yet you can do so much to call it your own. I think that’s true of most rustic or peasant-style dishes. Take few basic ingredients and add your flair and it’s supper time!
Pasta e Faglioli setting
The secret to a good Pasta e Fagioli is to cook small pasta in the broth and keep the vegetables to a minimum. Pasta and beans are the stars of this dish.
Some versions use pancetta or bacon fat for a flavor boost. You can use chicken or vegetable stock as well.
White beans or borlotti beans are the traditional choice. Thick-skinned beans like cannellini make the broth creamier. Add a few pureed beans to thicken if desired.

I added a few bits of tomato for color. Top with shaved Parmesan.

Thank you Manuela of Manu’s Menu for hosting this Italian Fest!
pasta e fagioli collage

Pasta e Fagioli

Yield: 4 servings


  • 3 cups cooked cannellini beans
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup uncooked ditalini
  • 1/4 cup minced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup diced canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped parsley for garnish


  • I a 3-quart saucepan or dutch oven combine beans, celery, garlic, onions and broth and bring to a boil.
  • Add pasta and cook 12 minutes until al dente.
  • Stir in tomatoes, Top with cheese and parsley.


Adjust thickness by thinning with broth or thickening with pureed beans.

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47 Responses to Pasta e Fagioli #SundaySupper

  1. Manu says:

    What a great choice: Pasta with cannellini beans is my all time favourite soup! :-) Yours looks delicious!

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  10. one of my favorites! your version looks nice and hearty.
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  14. Amy Barrett says:

    Great weeknight recipe too!

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  16. Liz says:

    This has been on my “to make” list for years! Yours looks perfect!!!
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  18. Maria says:

    Great comfort food! Thanks for sharing :)
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  20. Tara says:

    Such a beautiful soup!
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  21. Kristen says:

    This may be simple, but so comforting!
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  24. Sue Lau says:

    This is one of my favorite soups along with minestra. It makes me almost want to wish for cold weather so I could eat this all the time, since I eat soups habitually all winter long. Yummy!
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  25. This dish is a classic for a reason! Thanks for the hints, for when I prepare it myself…
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  26. Sarah Reid says:

    been looking for something JUST like this!
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  27. Christie says:

    This is one of my favorite soups. So hearty and delicious.

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  29. This is such a beautiful soup! And so simple! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Corina says:

    A lovely rustic dish – simple and delicious!

  31. Ohhhh my favorite food in the entire world – can’t wait to check out all of these recipes. And I love love me a bowl of pasta e fagioli – so filling and delish :)
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  32. Monica says:

    This is one of my favorite soups! I never tire of it.

  33. This is a classic family meal, good, inexpensive and easy. Nice-looking loaf of bread in that first photo, too.
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