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Grandma's Italian Pasta Fagioli
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
My nonna's “Pasta Fazool” was my number one favorite as a child. This version of the rustic Italian staple is just as delicious, but taken up a notch with pancetta and white wine. It’s sure to become your new favorite, too!
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 244 kcal
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more for serving
  • 4 ounces pancetta diced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 TB minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 15 oz cans cannellini beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup ditalini pasta
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano plus more for serving
Optional garnish: chopped fresh basil
  1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-low heat. Add pancetta and cook until it begins to brown. 

  2. Add onion and carrot and celery and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions become translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more. 

  3. Add wine and cook until it has nearly evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add broth, salt, pepper, beans and marinara sauce and increase heat to bring to a boil. When ready to serve, add pasta and cook until tender according to package directions. 

  4. Stir in Parmesan and serve garnished with additional Parmesan and optional basil.

Recipe Notes

As this soup sits it tends to thicken up –to make ahead wait to add the pasta and Parmesan until just before serving and thin with additional water or chicken broth as needed.

Nutrition Facts
Grandma's Italian Pasta Fagioli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 683mg 28%
Potassium 428mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 79.7%
Vitamin C 5.8%
Calcium 7.7%
Iron 6.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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