There are many recipes for this traditional Italian mainstay, usually served as a meal. Here's another that is slightly different. If you are in a hurry, substitute the dried beans with 3 (16 ounce) cans white, navy, great northern, or cannelini beans. Serve with a salad and crusty Italian bread.

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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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  • Place navy beans, ham bone, and 10 cups of water into a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the beans are tender, from 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

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  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water to chill, then set aside.

  • Once beans are nearly ready, heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, celery, carrot, red pepper flakes, and 1 cup of water; bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the carrot has softened, about 10 minutes. While the tomato mixture simmers, remove the ham bone from the beans. Separate the meat from the bone; dice the meat, and discard the bone.

  • To finish the soup, stir the beans, cooked macaroni, and diced ham into the tomato mixture; add additional water if needed to make a chunky soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper; simmer until the macaroni and beans are both quite tender, from 5 to 15 minutes. Stir in chopped parsley before serving.

Nutrition Facts

333 calories; 3.1 g total fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 150 mg sodium. 59.9 g carbohydrates; 17.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2005
I know I already reviewed this recipe once but I made it again this weekend. I sauteed the onions and then put the rest of the ingredients with a ham hock in the crock pot. I used two cans of white beans. I added elbo macaroni already cooked just before I served. Sprinkled with parmagian cheese and served with garlic rolls. good dinner Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/10/2007
I just threw everything in the crockpot except the pasta. I added it about 45 minutes before serving. The recipe itself has fairly simple taste to it. But that is usually how Pasta Fagioli is. It is like a very mild minestrone. I increased the garlic and added a little bit of fresh sage to mine. And of course salt and pepper. The main reason I used this recipe is because I was looking for something to do with the ham bone. This was a nice change from my Navy Bean Soup but I don't know if I will make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2005
I know I already reviewed this recipe once but I made it again this weekend. I sauteed the onions and then put the rest of the ingredients with a ham hock in the crock pot. I used two cans of white beans. I added elbo macaroni already cooked just before I served. Sprinkled with parmagian cheese and served with garlic rolls. good dinner Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2005
I know I already reviewed this recipe once but I made it again this weekend. I sauteed the onions and then put the rest of the ingredients with a ham hock in the crock pot. I used two cans of white beans. I added elbo macaroni already cooked just before I served. Sprinkled with parmagian cheese and served with garlic rolls. good dinner Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2008
So very good! I threw everything together except the noodles in a slow cooker I used a smoked ham hock as well. My 8 year old son loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2007
The ingredients and directions in this recipe have been rewritten for clarity. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2016
This is a very good recipe. Similar to my Italian mother's and grandmother's. A couple of tips: Go easy on the carrot or it will be too sweet. Also put the cooked pasta only in the soup that you intend to serve right away. For leftovers I keep them separate or the pasta will soak up all the liquid. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2006
This was a big hit in my house. I have traveled Italy extensively and this recipe tasted like the Pasta e Fagioli I have had while there! I used a nice piece of salt pork instead of the ham and then cut back on the salt and it still came out great. My husband does not like beans but loved this! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/10/2007
I just threw everything in the crockpot except the pasta. I added it about 45 minutes before serving. The recipe itself has fairly simple taste to it. But that is usually how Pasta Fagioli is. It is like a very mild minestrone. I increased the garlic and added a little bit of fresh sage to mine. And of course salt and pepper. The main reason I used this recipe is because I was looking for something to do with the ham bone. This was a nice change from my Navy Bean Soup but I don't know if I will make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2010
Lack of flavor comments had me add the following and it was GREAT according to my family. 2 cans of tomatoe paste 12 chopped garlic cloves. spinach chicken broth (instead of water) Penne Rigate pasta (visually more appealing than macaroni ) and 1 can each (red & light red) kidney beans with a can of cannelli beans instead of dried to add color and ease. ENJOY!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2007
We enjoyed this soup. I had to add a lot of chicken broth at the end because I had apparently not used enough water to cook the beans. I thought it could have used more vegetables and less pasta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2009
I've gotten recipes off of this website for years and this is my first review. This is the same recipe that my italian father used my whole life. I was happy to see that it was on here. I changed a couple things to try to make it my own. I used 2 cans of navy beans instead of the dried. I added 2 small cans of tomato paste and I added a bag of baby spinach. It was so delicious no one could stop eating it! We will keep this recipe for the future. Read More
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