Pasta Fagioli

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing holiday. I have a treat for you today – a delicious healthy soup, and a guest post from my mom! She made pasta fagioli (an old family favorite recipe) for me when she was visiting a few months ago, so I thought it was only right that she should write the blog post about it too. Enjoy! 🙂

Pasta Fagioli

I have to admit when Megan asked if I would like to guest post for this pasta fagioli recipe I was a little intimidated, but after I thought about it I realized that I would like to do it to honor my own mother.  It was my mom who taught me to make this soup, and she learned to make it from her mother.  It is a simple meatless soup that feeds a lot of people which is just what my grandmother needed to feed her 7 children as an immigrant Italian widow.  Neither my mother nor my grandmother had a recipe, so I had to learn by watching and guessing at amounts.  I didn’t write down my recipe, either, until my children were adults and wanted to make grandma’s wonderful soup.  My mom was diagnosed with cancer last January and passed away in June.  She loved this soup, and it was one of the last things she asked me to make for her.  So, here’s my mom’s recipe.  I hope you love it as much as we do.

Pasta Fagioli

Pasta Fagioli


  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 medium sized potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15.5 oz can kidney beans, drained
  • small pasta or noodles


  1. Place the carrots, celery, potatoes and onion in a large pot. Cover with water and add 1 Tbsp salt. Heat over high heat until it begins to boil. Reduce heat to low and cook until potatoes are soft.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp oil in a medium sized pot. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add in the crushed tomatoes. Rinse out the can with ~1/4 cup of water and add to the pot. Stir in 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Cook on medium heat until it begins to bubble. Stir in the kidney beans and continue simmering until the first pot is done cooking.
  3. Add the medium pot to the large pot and continue simmering. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. If desired, add in 1 or 2 bouillon cubes for extra flavor. If the soup looks thick, add in some extra water. Continue simmering for an hour.
  4. Cook noodles separately according to package directions. When ready to serve, place some noodles in a bowl and spoon the soup on top. Store the noodles and soup separately. The soup tends to thicken as it sits, so you may need to add some water when you reheat it.
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  1. What a great looking soup! Love recipes like this, ones that have a story!

  2. Saved this recipe!! Loved reading your moms story.

  3. this is one of my favorite soups but i’ve never made it at home. i love the story behind it! can’t wait to make it 🙂

  4. if only jadyn was a little older. I’d have her make it for when i get home from work today. it sounds delicious and perfect for a day like today!

  5. Can’t wait to try the recipe! And thanks to your mom for the sweet story:)

  6. This soup is delicious and I am so excited to make this now. It’s perfect for a cold winter day! Debbie, this is a heartfelt, touching tribute to your mom. She is dearly missed. Thank you for writing this and for sharing the family recipe.

  7. This looks delicious and super easy to make. I am gonna try this. Thanks for sharing the recipe and thanks to your mom for this recipe 🙂 God bless her soul. I am sure she is watching over you and feeling happy.

  8. How fun to have a guest post from your mom!! We love Pasta Fagioli in this house, too. 🙂

  9. Megan – thank you so much for getting your mom to share this terrific soup. I love the simplicity of it and bet it tastes amazing. This is a lovely tribute to your grandmother.

  10. This soup looks incredible, I love it and I bet it tastes perfect!

  11. I have this soup on the stove right now; it’s the second time I’ve made it in as many weeks. This is such a simple and inexpensive recipe. I wondered how flavorful it was going to be, but it was amazing! I scooped some out before I added the kidney beans and put green beans in it for my daughter, then added the beans to the rest of it for my husband and I. Thank you for sharing a family heritage recipe!

    • I’m so glad you liked it! I agree, it doesn’t seem like it should be all that flavorful, but once you taste it, you realize how good it is 🙂

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