A quick and easy Italian favorite. Garnish with grated Romano cheese.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large stock pot, combine diced tomatoes, beans, spinach, chicken broth, tomato sauce, water, garlic, bacon, parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and basil. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for 40 minutes, covered.

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  • Add pasta and cook uncovered until pasta is tender, approximately 10 minutes. Ladle soup into individual serving bowls, sprinkle cheese on top, and serve.

Nutrition Facts

255.9 calories; 13.5 g protein; 48.4 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 996.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2006
The first time we tried the recipe it was great but needed some extra help. We replaced the bacon with -pound Italian sausage cooked and finely chopped in a food processor. We added cup diced onions and 1 more cup of water. We found during first time after adding the pasta the soup was bit too thick. We also halved the salt ( and teaspoon) because after adding cheese we found it a little salty. We also substituted pasta with whole-wheat elbows. The recipe was a 5 star to start the 2nd time we made it with these modifications we needed 6th star! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/07/2012
I come from an Italian family. A real Italian recipe uses fresh everything. I used Italian sausage fresh crushed tomatoes fresh spinach fresh garlic fresh parsley oregano and basil.....and it was wonderful. Baked 2 loaves of french bread and it was a meal to remember......I will use my version from now on. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 59
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  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2006
The first time we tried the recipe it was great but needed some extra help. We replaced the bacon with -pound Italian sausage cooked and finely chopped in a food processor. We added cup diced onions and 1 more cup of water. We found during first time after adding the pasta the soup was bit too thick. We also halved the salt ( and teaspoon) because after adding cheese we found it a little salty. We also substituted pasta with whole-wheat elbows. The recipe was a 5 star to start the 2nd time we made it with these modifications we needed 6th star! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2006
The first time we tried the recipe it was great but needed some extra help. We replaced the bacon with -pound Italian sausage cooked and finely chopped in a food processor. We added cup diced onions and 1 more cup of water. We found during first time after adding the pasta the soup was bit too thick. We also halved the salt ( and teaspoon) because after adding cheese we found it a little salty. We also substituted pasta with whole-wheat elbows. The recipe was a 5 star to start the 2nd time we made it with these modifications we needed 6th star! Read More
(99)
Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2014
Overall this was great soup...very close to Olive Garden..I substituted the bacon (why bacon??)for Italian sausage which was much better. I also omitted the salt..didn't need it at all. Next time I will cut down on garlic...whoaaa! 1/8 of a teaspoon of garlic powder is equal to 1 clove..and this recipe totalled 9 cloves! No one came near me for days! Update-use fresh spinach and add at the end. Also use cannellini beans instead of northern. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2003
EXCELLENT! Thanks for a great recipe. My husband had been asking for this for a while but doesn't like the kind of Fagioli that is too tomatoee. This one was perfect. Used frozen spinach and added a little olive oil, chopped onions and Italian Seasoning. Will make it again, especially on cold winter nights. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2005
This recipe is FANTASTIC. To "kick it up a notch" I use crumbled hot italian sausage in place of the bacon add a dash or two of crushed red pepper include the liquid from the spinach and use one of those "Natural Goodness" boxes of chicken broth. The seashells tend to asborb a lot of the liquid after sitting for a while so I like to use the small shells and fewer than 1/2 the bag. I get rave reviews on this ALL THE TIME and it is some of my friend's favorites! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2003
EXCELLENT! I did saute some chopped onions and a stalk of celery with the minced garlic before hand. It really made a difference! I didn't have a 29 oz. can of diced tomatoes so I just used one can of 14.5oz of the "petite diced" tomatoes. It doesn't need 8 slices of bacon it gave it a great smoky flavor with 3 or 4. It turned out fabulous!! Very quick and easy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
My dinner guests loved this soup! I did use frozen chopped spinach instead of canned. It was great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2010
Not sure quite how to rate this 'cause I did make quite a few changes based on other reviews and my own preferences but the soup I ended up with was AWESOME! I began by sauteeing 1/2 an onion and celery in about 2 tsp of olive oil in my Dutch oven. Once the veggies were tender I added the 2 cans of undrained beans 6 cups of chicken broth an 8 oz can of tomato sauce 1 cup of water 2 tsp of minced garlic and the spices... although I cut back to 1/2 tsp of salt since I used more broth and also added 1/2 tsp of oregano and 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes. While simmering for the 40 minutes I sauteed 1 lb hot turkey italian sausage (removed from casings) and then drained the excess grease. Once the soup was done simmering I added a package of FRESH spinach and it wilted within a couple minutes and then stirred in the sausage. I added about 1.5 cups of whole wheat elbows and simmered for another 5 minutes then removed from heat so they gradually cook the rest of the way while the soup cooled. I added fresh parmesan and fresh cracked pepper to each serving and it was one of the best soups I've ever had! Thanks for the jumping off point! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2003
This was very impressive. I used a 14.5 oz can of toms. frozen spinach and only 1 cup of dry pasta. I didn't have regular bacon but had Wright's ends and pieces used for seasoning. I cooked the pieces then picked off the meaty parts. I tied the fat into a piece of cheesecloth and added it back to the pot for more flavor. This will be a regular. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2003
I didn't read the reviews before I made this and wished I had. When I make this again I plan to reduce the tomatoes/tomato sauce the salt/garlic and use crumbled sausage. Good recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/07/2012
I come from an Italian family. A real Italian recipe uses fresh everything. I used Italian sausage fresh crushed tomatoes fresh spinach fresh garlic fresh parsley oregano and basil.....and it was wonderful. Baked 2 loaves of french bread and it was a meal to remember......I will use my version from now on. Read More
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