Pasta e Fagioli #SundaySupper

Pasta e Fagioli by Cravings of a Lunatic


I have to admit I am not a big soup gal. I tend to be more a meat and taters kind of chick. Soup and salad just do not get me jazzed up nor do they fill my belly. Yet every now and again I come across a soup recipe that makes me swoon. This is one of those recipes. I do not swoon easily people, so trust me, this is a winner.

I saw this soup on Closet Cooking some time ago and knew I just had to try it out. It’s been on my mind ever since my first peek at it. I was just waiting for the right moment to sink my teeth into the recipe. If you have not visited Closet Cooking you are totally missing the boat people. Kevin is a fellow Canuck and since discovering his blog I’ve become a huge fan. He cooks up some wicked good eats. He takes fabulous photos, and let’s be honest, I love my fellow Canucks.

Speaking of fellow Canucks, I spent the day with Izzy from Crumb today. We went to a farmers market then out to eat. It was a fabulous day. But it came on the heels of my son being home, followed by a treacherous trip to Toronto and a sleepless night. So I am wicked tired and barely able to form sentences right now. So this is going to be short and sweet.

Toronto + Izz = fun!

Closet Cooking + Soup = tasty!

Soup + Sunday = Sunday Supper Soup!

Kim + no sleep = posts that make no sense!


Pasta e Fagioli by Cravings of a Lunatic


Pasta e Fagioli #SundaySupper
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A simple recipe for pasta e fagioli.
Serves: Makes about 8 servings
  • 1 lb of mild Italian Sausage, casing removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • ¼ cup chicken broth + 2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (15 ounce) diced plum tomatoes
  • 2 cans (15 ounce) of white kidney beans, rinsed, soaked, precooked for 10 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sweet basil
  • 3 bay leaves, discard before serving
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of parmesan cheese
  • 1½ cups mini shell pasta
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Optional:
  • Parmesan grated over top
  • Parsley
  1. In a large frying pan brown your sausage over medium-high heat. Transfer to a large stock pot but do not clean frying pan.
  2. While the meat is cooking I boiled my beans for 10 minutes. Good trick for those with tummy woes.
  3. In the same frying pan, add butter and let it start to melt and glisten. Then add your onions, carrots and celery. Cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until tender and golden in colour.
  4. Add garlic and cook for about 30 to 60 seconds longer.
  5. Add the ¼ cup chicken broth and vinegar to deglaze the pan (basically boil and scrape the bits stuck on bottom, there's flavour in that stuff!).
  6. Pour that liquid into your stock pot.
  7. Add the broth, tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, basil, bay leaves, and parmesan to the pot. Bring it to a good boil, letting it bubble for a few minutes, then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. You can add more broth if needed.
  8. Add the pasta and simmer for another 6 to 10 minutes, depending which pasta you choose. Basically al dente is the time the package calls for minus 1 minute.
  9. Season with spice.
  10. Serve with a big old I love soup smile!
This recipe is very slightly adapted from Closet Cooking

It's good to boil beans for about 10 minutes even though you are cooking them in the soup as well. For me with my IBS it's added insurance they are less likely to bother me. I also rinse mine really well. Lots of times I soak beans overnight too so I can eat them without discomfort.

This is one of those soups that the longer you simmer the better it gets.

It's also one of those soups that tastes better the 2nd and 3rd day.

You can use any kind of noodle. I just like shells as they are cute.

You can deglaze with wine but I don't drink so I used a combo of chicken stock and vinegar. The vinegar gives a hint of acidity to it.

Play around with this recipe. It is so versatile and I'm sure it will become a family favourite of yours, just like it did for us. Thanks to Kevin of Closet Cooking for being awesomely talented!

Pasta e Fagioli by Cravings of a Lunatic


Be sure to stop by all the Sunday Supper crew’s recipes. They whipped up some amazing soup for you this week!

Do The Chicken Dance (chicken {or other poultry} soups)


Where’s The Beef (Beef Soups)


Pass The Pork. Please (Pork or Sausage Soups)


Under The Sea (Seafood Soups)


Eat Your Veggies (Chock Full o’ Vegetables Soups)


Some Don’t Like It Hot (Chilled Soups)


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Pasta e Fagioli by Cravings of a Lunatic

Hope you enjoy the soup! I am now off to enjoy some sleep. Just FYI if you are local and wake me before noon I will hunt you down and hurt you. Just warning you now. This gal has slept less than 8 hours in 2 days. If you mess with my zzz’s you are cruising for a bruising. See you all later when I’m coherent. Looking forward to sharing the last of Whipping Cream Week with you very soon!

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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  1. says

    I knew I was going to like this one 1. When you said it was Kevin’s. Love him. and 2. The first ingredient was Italian sausage. I am a huge fan of soup and this looks absolutely wonderful!

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks Stacy. I have been wanting to make this one for eons. Kevin’s blog is amazing. It turned out fabulous. A soup even a non-soup gal can love.

    • Kim Bee says

      I am more of a meat and taters kind of gal. But this was great and super filling. Thanks. I love mason jars, I put just about everything in them.

  2. says

    I love that you put soup in jars. I am a little bit mason jar obsessed. But seriously, these would be great to take for lunches. Are they the “wide mouth” jars?

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks Laura. Yes they are wide mouth. My hubby works out of town so it’s an easy way for him to bring food with him. I also use them to make pies.

  3. says

    I love Pasta e Fagioli! Great flavor, and very comforting. I’ve seen versions that are more pasta-like, though I like soup so I always make it as a soup (just use less liquid if you want pasta). Good stuff – thanks.

    • Kim Bee says

      It’s such a great soup. I love that you can adjust things to your own taste. I tend to like lots of noodles. But then I like lots of beans. But then I like lots of sausage. So I put lots of everything. Lol.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks Amanda. I love mason jars so there’s always some laying around the blog room. Makes for cute photos. I haven’t been to the Olive Garden in forever.

    • Kim Bee says

      Thanks Erin. From a store called Gracious Home. It took a little finagling to get it shipped her but it was so worth it.

    • Kim Bee says

      It sure is. I just am not a “light” kind of gal. I like meat and filling food. I adore Kevin’s blog so it was nice to use one of his recipes for inspiration. He is such an inspiration to other bloggers in so many ways.

  4. says

    Ok, so… First, loving this soup! Pasta e Fagioli is one of my favorites because it isn’t whimpy soup. It’s got some “umph” to it and chock full of deliciousness to sink your teeth into. Second, LOVE Closet Cooking! Amazing recipes and photos. Third, glad you got to go out with Izz! #jealous And last but definitely, definitely not least… how’s the pup? I’m thinking no surgery because you have a post up today and because you were able to go out with Izz. Hope all is well! xoxo

    • Kim Bee says

      Hey Kate! Thank you. It is such a cool soup. I had so much fun making this. I’m not a girlie girl when it comes to food, I like hearty and this is definitely hearty. I love his site. I wish I could say I know him but so far I’ve yet to meet him. I was hoping maybe we’d both end up at the Canuck conference but I just don’t think I can afford that one. On the higher end of the food conference scale in terms of moolah. I had so much fun with Izz. Oddly we took no photos. One of these visits we’ll have to actually bring cameras. Lol. The pup is good. She has a kneecap popping out. For now no surgery but if it persists in the future she will need it. Apparently it’s common in westies. Thankfully it was nothing horrible. We had a huge snowstorm that morning so our trip to the vet was treacherous. But we made it there and back in one piece. Whew!

  5. says

    I love the mason jars – so cute! Pasta e Fagoili was such a huge part of my childhood – ate it all the time. So much that when we play cooked in Kindergarten, this is what I used to make. Got some strange looks from the other kids…

  6. says

    MMM an Olive Garden favorite! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! I can’t wait to try this! It’s a perfect mix…like chili..and even has noodles :) my favorite

  7. says

    I already loved Pasta e Fagioli but seriously, could you have made it look any yummier… those jars are adorable, the spoons… I want some right now! Your blog looks great.

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