Pasta E Fagioli Soup: The Epitome of Italian Comfort

pasta e fagioli soup
pasta e fagioli soup

Pasta e Fagioli Soup in a large white pot

Takeout Food proudly presents the best Pasta e Fagioli Soup, a delightful Italian-style dish that surpasses even the renowned Olive Garden’s version. This soup is a harmonious blend of hearty ground beef, fresh vegetables, creamy beans, tender pasta, and savory herbs, all immersed in a rich and aromatic broth. Prepare to embark on a culinary journey that will tantalize your taste buds and warm your soul.

Homemade Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe

This pasta fagioli recipe is an absolute must-try. It has captured the hearts of our readers for the past six years, becoming a favorite among families worldwide. The best part? You’ll most likely find all the necessary ingredients right in your kitchen pantry, making it a convenient and utterly satisfying dinner option that everyone can agree on.

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What Does Pasta e Fagioli Mean?

“Pasta e fagioli” translates from Italian to English as “pasta and beans.” This soup is a hearty fusion of these two key ingredients, resulting in a flavorsome and comforting dish that symbolizes the essence of Italian cuisine.

What Ingredients Go into Pasta Fagioli?

To create this delectable soup, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Ground beef (preferably 80% lean)
  • Olive oil (for sautéing)
  • Yellow onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and parsley (for depth of flavor)
  • Canned tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, great northern beans, and low-sodium chicken broth (for convenience without compromising taste)
  • Sugar (to balance the acidity of the canned tomatoes)
  • Dried oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram (or an Italian seasoning blend as a substitute)
  • Ditalini pasta (or any small pasta variety such as macaroni or orzo)
  • Parmesan cheese (Romano cheese also works wonderfully)

Ladle full of copycat Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli Soup

How to Make Pasta Fagioli Soup

  1. Cook the ground beef in a pot, drain, and transfer to a separate dish.
  2. Sauté the vegetables in the same pot.
  3. Add the broth, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, sugar, dried herbs, and cooked beef.
  4. Simmer until the vegetables are tender.
  5. Cook the ditalini pasta separately.
  6. Add the cooked pasta and beans to the soup, briefly warming them together, then stir in the parsley.

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How to Make Crock Pot Pasta Fagioli

If you prefer using a slow cooker, follow these steps:

  1. Sauté the beef and transfer it to the crock pot. Sauté the onion and garlic, then add them to the pot as well.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients, including salt and pepper.
  3. Cook on low heat for approximately 4 hours. Cook the pasta separately on the stovetop near the end of the cooking time.
  4. Add the beans and parsley to the soup, and serve it warm.

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How to Store and Reheat Pasta Fagioli Soup

Store the pasta e fagioli soup (without the pasta) in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. We recommend storing individual portions in microwave-safe containers, allowing for convenient reheating straight from the fridge.

For freezing, use an airtight container, leaving about 3/4 inch of space at the top for liquid expansion. The soup can be frozen for approximately 3 months. To ensure the best quality, store the soup and cooked pasta separately in the freezer. Thaw the soup overnight in the refrigerator prior to reheating.

To reheat the soup, simply warm it in a pot on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Two servings of Pasta e Fagioli Soup in white serving bowls

What to Serve with Pasta Fagioli Soup

To complement the rich flavors of pasta fagioli soup, we recommend pairing it with the following sides:

  • A side salad with Italian Salad Dressing or Creamy Pesto Dressing
  • Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks
  • No-Knead Crusty Bread
  • Cheesy Garlic Bread

Soup, salad, and bread: the perfect trifecta of comfort food.


1. Can I cook the pasta in the soup?

If you plan on serving all the soup immediately, you can cook the pasta directly in the soup. Keep in mind that leftovers may result in soggy pasta. Allow for approximately 10-15 minutes of simmering and add 1 cup of water to compensate for pasta absorption.

2. What sides go well with Pasta Fagioli Soup?

We recommend a side salad with Italian Salad Dressing or Creamy Pesto Dressing, along with Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks, No-Knead Crusty Bread, or Cheesy Garlic Bread. This combination of soup, salad, and bread creates a harmonious and satisfying culinary experience.

Let the aroma of Pasta e Fagioli Soup permeate your kitchen and transport you to the enchanting world of Italian cuisine. This recipe guarantees warmth, comfort, and an explosion of flavors that will leave you craving more. Visit Takeout Food for more delightful culinary inspirations and embark on a journey filled with culinary exploration and enjoyment.

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