Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hearty Pasta Fagioli

Hearty Pasta Fagioli is a robust Italian dish. It is bursting with flavor and packed with pasta and beans with a little bacon tossed in, because lets face it bacon makes everything better.  A simple recipe that is ready in 30 minutes, now you can't beat that.

Pasta Fagioli (pronounced Fah Zool in my southern Italian neck of the woods) is loaded with fresh herbs, vegetables and beans. this soup has layers of delicious flavor sure to please your entire family. You should know, though, if you’d like to have leftovers, you may want to double this recipe. My family loves this dish so much that I have a hard time saving it for later–its that good!

Yield: 6
Author: Donna Elick
30-Minute Hearty Pasta Fagioli

30-Minute Hearty Pasta Fagioli

Loaded with fresh herbs, garlic, onion, tomatoes and beans, this soup has layers of delicious flavor sure to please your entire family.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • ounce bag of baby carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, grated
  • 5 garlic clove, pressed or grated
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (15-ounce ) cans low sodium red kidney beans, rinsed
  • ounces ditalini pasta
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  1. Heat butter and oil in an 8 quart stock pot over medium high heat, add bacon and cook until almost crispy. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon.
  2. Add onion and carrots to pan and cook until onions are almost translucent; add garlic, thyme sprig, rosemary sprig, and bay leaf. Add tomato paste, chicken broth, tomatoes, beans salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil.
  3. Add pasta and cook according to the package directions, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat, remove herb stems, serve and enjoy!

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  1. I need that skillet lasagna in my life stat

  2. I made some of that fazool (ha ha) for my wife's co-workers the day after they had it from Olive Garden. The entire crock pot of it disappeared by the end of the work day. Good stuff.

  3. Delicious! this is the third time I am making this(and upon popular request)!!

    This recipe ia what my Italian relatives made!! I just added carrot.

    thanks for sharing!


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