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Pasta Fazool – Italian Pasta & Bean Soup

August 21, 2016

Pasta Fazool, better known as Pasta e Fagioli, is a classic Italian pasta, tomato, and bean soup. Comforting, filling, and nourishing, it will warm you up on a chilly fall or winter day!

Pasta Fazool, also known by the name Pasta e Fagioli, is a classic Italian pasta and bean soup. It also features Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, and tons of other veggies! | cookingtheglobe.com

I have never been vegetarian, let alone vegan, I am not now, and unless something really radical happens (lightning strikes me or smth like that), I never will be. But make no mistake here, I respect all the people who have chosen to go meatless. The courage to give up something, whether it’s alcohol, meat, fast food, or anything else, deserves a huge respect. Because of my obsession with meat, I am not on good terms with vegetarian dishes. When my wife prepares them, I always add some meat in the end. Sounds silly? Or maybe I am not alone in acting this way? What do you think? Tell me in the comments section below.

Pasta Fazool, also known by the name Pasta e Fagioli, is a classic Italian pasta and bean soup. It also features Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, and tons of other veggies! | cookingtheglobe.com

However, sometimes, in very rare occasions, I accept the vegetarian dish as it is. That’s the case with this classic Italian pasta and bean soup called Pasta Fazool, or Pasta e Fagioli. Pasta e Fagioli simply means “pasta and beans” translated from Italian, while Fazool is the way it’s often pronounced in the United States and other western countries (from the Neapolitan language, “pasta e fasule”). In fact, this dish can be prepared with some meat: Italian bacon pancetta is used in most cases, but the majority of recipes I found in the books I own were meatless, so I decided to skip the meat this time. You can put some pancetta inside if you want to!

Pasta Fazool, also known by the name Pasta e Fagioli, is a classic Italian pasta and bean soup. It also features Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, and tons of other veggies! | cookingtheglobe.com

There are actually many different versions of this famous dish and it varies from region to region. The only thing that always stays the same is the foundation – pasta and beans. The type of pasta is usually some sort of short tubular pasta, like elbow macaroni, ditalini, or other. Pasta Fazool also, almost always, includes tomatoes: either fresh or canned. Such staple soup ingredients as garlic, onion, carrot, celery are also present in almost every version of this delicious soup. The Pasta Fazool recipe I am sharing with you also uses a boiled potato as a thickening agent. I love it, because I always prefer creamy soups over clear ones.

Pasta Fazool, also known by the name Pasta e Fagioli, is a classic Italian pasta and bean soup. It also features Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, and tons of other veggies! | cookingtheglobe.com

This Italian soup is really filling, thanks to pasta and few cans of beans. Not even for a second have I missed meat here! So comforting, so flavorful, so… GOOD! I can easily understand why it’s so popular in the boot-shaped country. If you are reading this right now, TRY it! Pasta Fazool will surely make the list of your favorite soups ever. Pasta Fazool, also known by the name Pasta e Fagioli, is a classic Italian pasta and bean soup. It also features Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, and tons of other veggies! | cookingtheglobe.com

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Pasta Fazool - Italian Pasta & Bean Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 15 mins
 

This comforting and filling Italian pasta, tomato, and bean soup is guaranteed to warm you up even on the coldest winter day!

Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories Per Serving: 626 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
  • 1 potato
  • 1/2 yellow onion , finely chopped
  • 1 carrot , diced
  • 1 celery stalk , diced
  • 2 cloves garlic , lightly crushed
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 15 oz (430ml) cans cannellini beans , drained
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • 8 oz (225g) fresh tomatoes , peeled, and coarsely chopped
  • 5 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 oz (140g) ditalini, elbow macaroni, or other short tubular pasta
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. First of all, put your potato in a pot with water, bring to a boil, and cook until tender, for about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare all the veggies. When the potato is cooked, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat, and cook the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic for about 5 minutes, until the veggies start to brown.
  3. Discard the garlic cloves. Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes more. Add 2/3 of the beans (should be about 2 cups), season, and cook for about a minute. Add the water or the vegetable broth. Peel the potato and mash it together with the remaining 1/3 of the beans with a fork or any tool you like and add to the pot. Add the bay leaf, and bring the soup to a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the pasta and cook until it's done. Stir in the parsley and serve. Drizzle some of the remaining olive oil and sprinkle some Parmesan over each bowl. Enjoy!

 

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply Julia @ Happy Foods August 22, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Love it! This soup reminds me of Minestrone – another Italian classic! I love anything Italian and if I could I would be eating pasta 24/7!

    • Reply Igor August 24, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Oh my, it seems that I still don’t have a Minestrone recipe on the blog. How did this happen? Cooking and adding it here soon 🙂

  • Reply Luci August 23, 2016 at 7:25 am

    To me now, it sounds silly to ‘need’ to add meat to dishes but I also remember the intimidating, scary feeling of “Will this fill me up? Is this enough? WHERE’S THE MEAT?!” when I wasn’t a vegan so, I understand 🙂 Thank you for sharing such a delicious sounding and looking soup! I’ve pinned it to make later! 🙂

    • Reply Igor August 24, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      I am glad I am not the only one! You will love it, Luci 🙂

  • Reply Kavey August 23, 2016 at 8:06 am

    This looks so satisfying – a really comforting dish, and filling with the pasta too.

    • Reply Igor August 24, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      It really is, Kavey!

  • Reply Renz August 23, 2016 at 11:30 am

    This looks so delicious Igor. I don’t usually like bean soup but this looks really good I will try

    • Reply Igor August 24, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      My wife is not so much into beans too, Renz, but she liked it 🙂

  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 23, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I am so excited that we are coming in to soup season and comforting soups like this are going to very much be eaten a lot!

    • Reply Igor August 24, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      That’s right, Dannii! This soup is perfect on a chilly fall or winter day 🙂

  • Reply Marilyn August 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    I love soup!! In Brazil, we have something very similar to this recipe. Looks delicious!

    • Reply Igor August 24, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      What’s the name of this Brazilian soup, Marilyn? Would love to know 🙂

  • Reply Christina | Christina's Cucina August 23, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Actually, Pasta Fazool, is just American-Italian, as no one would know what that is in Italy ? They would call it Pasta e Fagioli or a dialect version of this. It is, as you said, a very warm and comforting dish.

    • Reply Igor August 24, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Christina, but isn’t it Pasta e Fasule in Neapolitan language? Then Italians living in Naples and nearby would understand it 🙂

  • Reply Sally August 23, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Tried it out last night, and it was AMAZING! Totally surprised by its flavors… the bay leaf definitely made a difference 😀 and now I have a bunch of leftovers for later, yum…

    • Reply Igor August 24, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Sally, wow, you are quick! Only few days ago I posted it and somebody have done it already. I am happy! 🙂

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