A traditional Italian soup. Serve with a crisp salad and a hot loaf of garlic bread and you have a meal! Serve with grated Parmesan cheese on top.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook celery, onion, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and salt in the hot oil until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce, and simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes.

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  • Add pasta and cook 10 minutes, until pasta is tender.

  • Add undrained beans and mix well. Heat through. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

Nutrition Facts

224.6 calories; 11 g protein; 37.3 g carbohydrates; 2.3 mg cholesterol; 757.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/20/2010
Four and a half stars. Husband really liked it. These are the changes I made: used a full 32 oz. of Kitchen Basics original chicken stock. One can Italian-style stewed tomatoes instead of tomato paste. I also added about 5-6 oz of frozen chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed dry) to the sauteed onions, garlic and celery. I think this added to the texture and heartiness of the soup. As far as seasonings so, I added about 3/4 tsp of salt and about 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper; also a dash of chipotle Tabasco. Kept the crushed red pepper as we like spicy food. Boiled pasta separately as per several reviewers' suggestions (thanks for that, by the way) and ladled soup over this in individual bowls. It really didn't even need cheese on top. Great flavor, low fat, wonderful way to eat some vegetables and get some fiber with the beans. Thanks for an easy soup recipe that I'll be happy to make several times this fall and winter. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/01/2003
I can't say I particularly cared for this. It was much too SPICY and had way too much celery. If you make this you should decrease the amount of red pepper. The best part was the smell it made. May try this again with revisions. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2010
Four and a half stars. Husband really liked it. These are the changes I made: used a full 32 oz. of Kitchen Basics original chicken stock. One can Italian-style stewed tomatoes instead of tomato paste. I also added about 5-6 oz of frozen chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed dry) to the sauteed onions, garlic and celery. I think this added to the texture and heartiness of the soup. As far as seasonings so, I added about 3/4 tsp of salt and about 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper; also a dash of chipotle Tabasco. Kept the crushed red pepper as we like spicy food. Boiled pasta separately as per several reviewers' suggestions (thanks for that, by the way) and ladled soup over this in individual bowls. It really didn't even need cheese on top. Great flavor, low fat, wonderful way to eat some vegetables and get some fiber with the beans. Thanks for an easy soup recipe that I'll be happy to make several times this fall and winter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2007
This is the best pasta fagioli that I have ever tasted and I was raised on this stuff. What I love most is that it is affordable easy and delicious. The only bad thing is that it doesn't make a lot. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2010
Not quite the Italian version I grew up with but good anyway. This is my version: No celery-substitute chopped carrots here (sweeter). Pepper flakes only to taste-don't use if you dont like(I dont). One can diced tomatoes instead of fresh, Ditalini pasta and kidney beans can be substututed for canellini if desired, more chicken broth to give it that soupier consistancy and a must is fresh grated parmesan cheese to sprinkle when served. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2007
This recipe was a big hit with my family! We had a family dinner last week it was an Italian pot luck. I was told that I would never have to go to Olive Garden again for their soup. Thanks for the recipe:D ps. I used stewed tomatoes instead of peeling them and added more sauce and broth to have a more saucy soup. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
Excellent recipe! The only addition I made is some chopped spinach at the end. Served with a chopped salad and garlic bread...a fabulous meatless soup... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2008
The whole family loves this soup. It is one of our favorites. I follow the recipe exactly as written and comes out delicious every time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2007
Excellent Recipe!! As far as other reviewers have said i did not find this recipe to spicy. I actually added 1/2 tsp of red peppers turned out fantastic. The recipe may benefit from 1 more can of chicken broth as it was very thick but fantastic. This is especially tue if you plan to store the leftovers and reheat later. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2003
This soup is really good. I added a can of pasta style tomatoes and used Cavattippi pasta and no beans but one could substitute kidney beans for the canellini beans. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2005
Made this with normal pasta not spinach on several occasions. Now a regular in my house I even remember this one of the top of my house now! Yummy but don't freeze and reheat it unless you don't mind tha pasta absorbing all the sauce Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/01/2003
I can't say I particularly cared for this. It was much too SPICY and had way too much celery. If you make this you should decrease the amount of red pepper. The best part was the smell it made. May try this again with revisions. Read More
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