MeMe's Pasta Fagioli


MeMe's fagioli recipe features white cannellini beans, ditalini pasta with vegetables, lean hamburger, and herbs simmered in vegetable juice and chicken broth. It is similar to Italian chili, like Olive Garden's Pasta Fagioli, and even better on the second day.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 thin slice onion, diced

  • 1 stalk celery, diced

  • 1 carrot, diced

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 (32 ounce) bottle tomato-vegetable juice cocktail (such as V8®)

  • 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 ½ cups ditalini pasta

  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer beef to a paper towel-lined plate to drain; discard grease.

  2. Heat olive oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat; sauté onion, celery, and carrot until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir vegetable juice cocktail, chicken broth, parsley, basil, oregano, and black pepper into vegetable mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer soup for 20 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook ditalini pasta in boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  4. Stir beef and cannellini beans into soup; cook and stir until soup is heated through, about 10 minutes.

  5. Spoon about 1/3 cup pasta into each serving bowl; ladle soup over pasta.


Keep pasta separate from soup for leftovers and combine when reheating.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

299 Calories
10g Fat
33g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 299
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 566mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 29mg 144%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 711mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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