Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta Fagioli Recipe
Italy is the home of this legendary, thick pasta and bean soup. Serve with Italian bread and salad for an easy, satisfying soup-supper.

Ingredients

 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
 4 cups water
 ½ tablespoon olive oil
 2 garlic cloves, minced
 2 tablespoons crumbled dry basil
 1 small onion, finely chopped
 ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
 Salt to taste
 5 cups cooked Great Northern beans 3 (15-ounce cans), drained
 8 ounces uncooked pasta shells or small mostaccioli (similar to penne pasta)*
* For a gluten-free version, select your pasta accordingly.
 2 small carrots, diced,
 1 cup broccoli, chopped (optional)
 Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

1

Sauté onion in olive oil until translucent and lightly browned. Combine all ingredients except beans and pasta in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes.

2

Combine all ingredients except broccoli, beans and pasta in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes.Add beans and simmer an additional 30 minutes.

3

Add broccoli, beans and simmer an additional 30 minutes. Just before serving, prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain and add to pot. Serve hot in bowls.

Note: To use fresh basil instead of dried, chiffonade ½ cup fresh basil (cut in small strips) and add to soup just before serving.

Serves 6

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Ingredients

 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
 4 cups water
 ½ tablespoon olive oil
 2 garlic cloves, minced
 2 tablespoons crumbled dry basil
 1 small onion, finely chopped
 ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
 Salt to taste
 5 cups cooked Great Northern beans 3 (15-ounce cans), drained
 8 ounces uncooked pasta shells or small mostaccioli (similar to penne pasta)*
* For a gluten-free version, select your pasta accordingly.
 2 small carrots, diced,
 1 cup broccoli, chopped (optional)
 Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

1

Sauté onion in olive oil until translucent and lightly browned. Combine all ingredients except beans and pasta in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes.

2

Combine all ingredients except broccoli, beans and pasta in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes.Add beans and simmer an additional 30 minutes.

3

Add broccoli, beans and simmer an additional 30 minutes. Just before serving, prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain and add to pot. Serve hot in bowls.

Note: To use fresh basil instead of dried, chiffonade ½ cup fresh basil (cut in small strips) and add to soup just before serving.

Serves 6

Pasta e Fagioli