A seasoned, savory bean and pasta soup. Garnish with basil and Parmesan cheese.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Drain the beans and set aside.

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  • In a large stockpot heat the oil over moderate heat until hot. Add the onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add ham and garlic and cook stirring for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, beans, beef stock, thyme, bay leaf and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

  • Transfer 1/2 cup of the beans to a small processor or blender and puree. Return beans to pot and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring liquid to a boil and add pasta. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 6 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

316.1 calories; 17.9 g protein; 45.4 g carbohydrates; 11.2 mg cholesterol; 501.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2004
While I modified the recipe a bit (used pepperoni instead of ham and canned beans instead of dry) this is the best Pasta e Fagioli I've ever made. I have a salon in an older Italian neighborhood. Many tried it and the oohs and ahhs were unbelievable. Several asked for the receipe... what a compliment! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2012
nice recipe except I made a few changes. I used chicken stock tomto paste or tomato sauce fresh basil & oregano & chopped smoked bacon instead of the ham Read More
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60 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 39
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2004
While I modified the recipe a bit (used pepperoni instead of ham and canned beans instead of dry) this is the best Pasta e Fagioli I've ever made. I have a salon in an older Italian neighborhood. Many tried it and the oohs and ahhs were unbelievable. Several asked for the receipe... what a compliment! Read More
(60)
Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2006
I used pancetta because I had some on hand (I started it in w/ the celery carrot & onion)...I also added about a lb. of ground round (cooked of course). I used a can of cannellini & also a can of red kidney beans. I used half chicken broth & half beef broth as I didn't want too "beefy" a taste & I probably had to increase the liquids by double since I added additional ingredents. I did simmer the rind from the parmesan cheese in the soup...thanks for the tip! I went w/ macaroni instead of seashell pasta (Gosh I made a lot of changes...sorry) & I separated enough soup to have for dinner & then added about half a cup of pasta to it. The rest I froze & will add the pasta when I cook it. That way my macaroni doesn't turn to mush. Served it w/ garlic breadsticks & a ceasar salad. Thansk Marian! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2007
This was soooooo good! My husband and I loved it! Easy to make cheap and delicious! The ultimate comfort food. I did use canned beans and I used half chicken stock/ half beef stock. Other than that I made it just as called for. Wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2009
this recipe is amazing. its the closest thing ive ever got to the smell in my grandmas kitchen. The second time i did use more stock because the first time it had more the consistency of chili and i wanted it a little soupier I used half chicken and half beef stock! awesome soup! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2011
I added ground beef forgot the salt and added a few crushed red pepper flakes then added a touch of salt. This made the soup a sweet hardy delicious soup. I also cut the ham chunks small after reading one review that the ham was tough. I learned in culinary school that it is important to keep the vegatables and meats cut uniformly so that they will cook uniformly. My wife and I went back for thirds my 14 years old seconds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2010
Delicious!!! A great and filling recipe. Added 1 can of kidney beans and 1 can of garbanzo beans. My family loved it and we will make it again. One word of caution it will thicken up so if you want it more "soupy" add extra broth. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/12/2004
Impressive quick and easy. I used the ham luncheon meat only because my wife isn't much of a ham fan and it wouldn't make sense to buy anything larger than that. This dish is great when garnished with 2/3 parts grated parmesian and 1/3 part grated romano. Maybe next time I'll add some ground beef to it to give it more texture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2010
Absolutely wonderful! Followed reciped except used dried thyme and a little Italian seasoning too plus doubled the garlic. I also added red pepper flake as the soup we had at our favorite restaurant had it and it was delish. So glad I tried this- going into our growing soup rotation! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2012
nice recipe except I made a few changes. I used chicken stock tomto paste or tomato sauce fresh basil & oregano & chopped smoked bacon instead of the ham Read More
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