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Pasta e Fagioli

 

Pasta e Fagioli: This classic pasta and bean Italian soup is loaded with flavor and with the added ground beef, it makes for a satisfying meal.

Pasta e Fagioli - This classic pasta and bean Italian soup is loaded with flavor and with the added ground beef, it makes for a satisfying meal.

I love Pasta e Fagioli and it literally means “pasta and beans”. Everyone has their own version of this favorite Italian soup and I like to add some ground beef to mine to give it even more flavor. I guess this is quite similar to the Olive Garden version; though they use a variety of beans whereas I just add cannellini beans so I can’t truly call it a copycat, the taste is fantastic nonetheless.

Pasta e Fagioli

This Pasta e Fagioli is quite simple to prepare as well and can be made the day before and reheated. It actually tastes even better once all of the flavors sit together for a while.

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Here is what you have to do:

  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pot or Dutch oven; remove from pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat some oil and add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and tomatoes. Sauté for 3-5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  3. Add the browned ground beef back to the pot along with beef broth, water, tomato paste, oregano, beans, and Pecorino Romano cheese.  Bring to a boil then let simmer for 40-45 minutes.
  4. Add the pasta (ditalini); then let simmer for another 15 minutes.

Pasta e Fagioli - This classic pasta and bean Italian soup is loaded with flavor and with the added ground beef, it makes for a satisfying meal.

This batch makes 8 cups and can also be frozen (though the pasta may break apart a bit once defrosted). This Pasta e Fagioli recipe is such a hearty, robust soup that we just eat this with a nice, warm loaf of crusty Italian bread (great for dipping!) ~Enjoy!

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5 from 3 votes
Pasta e Fagioli
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Pasta e Fagioli
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Pasta e Fagioli: This classic pasta and bean Italian soup is loaded with flavor and with the added ground beef, it makes for a satisfying meal.

Course: Soup
Servings: 8
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 lb . Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 tbsp . Canola Oil
  • 1/4 c . Chopped Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic, chopped
  • 1 c . Carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 Stalks Celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 Plum Tomato, small dice
  • 5 c . Low-Sodium Beef Broth
  • 3 c . Water
  • 2 tbsp . Tomato Paste
  • 1 tsp . Dried Oregano or 2 tsp. fresh chopped oregano
  • 2- 15(ounce) Cans Cannellini Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 c . Pecorino Romano Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c . Dry Ditalini Pasta
  • Kosher Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat the oil and add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery and tomatoes. Sauté for 3-5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  3. Add the browned ground beef back to the pot along with beef broth, water, tomato paste, oregano, beans, and cheese. Bring to a boil then let simmer for 40-45 minutes.
  4. Add the pasta; then let simmer for another 15 minutes.

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Pasta e Fagioli: This classic pasta and bean Italian soup is loaded with flavor and with the added ground beef, it makes for a satisfying meal.


10 Comments

  1. Sonali- The Foodie Physician
    October 27, 2015 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Carrie, this looks absolutely delish! Pasta e Fagioli is one of my favorites soups, and I really love your addition of ground beef!

  2. Beverley
    October 30, 2015 at 8:19 am - Reply

    wholesome and delicious soup for all those cold and rainy nights…xoxo

  3. alicia szemon
    November 3, 2015 at 7:35 am - Reply

    yum! i love any kind of pasta!

  4. Sara Zielinski
    November 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I love this soup.

  5. Shannon
    November 4, 2015 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, Chris loves this soup.

  6. Molli vandehey
    November 6, 2015 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    this looks delivious and i have all the ingredients i need for it

  7. Anna
    November 8, 2015 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    My sister isn’t a fan of soups but I think this one may be an exception. 🙂

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