Well the frigid, cold weather has finally arrived. A vegetarian pasta fagioli soup is just what we need on these cold wintery days.
Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli Soup
I’ve been staying in the house only to venture out when absolutely necessary. I try not to turn up the heat, so I’m bundled up with sweats and fleece jackets. It’s hard to type when my fingers are numb. Anything to conserve energy!!!
The cold weather has inspired me to make Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli soup. This is a hearty winter soup made with beans, a hint of tomato sauce and a small pasta. Coming from an Italian/American heritage this was a winter soup staple. Many of us are not fans of beans. However beans are quite healthy for you, and a little pasta for carbs doesn’t hurt in the middle of winter.
My mother and grandmothers were wonderful cooks and I learned a lot watching and helping them cook when I was growing up. This vegetarian pasta fagioli soup is one recipe that I have revised by adding a variety of vegetables based on what I have in my fridge.
Some may not consider my “vegetarian pasta fagioli soup” recipe as the classic Italian, but it is easy, cooks fast, it’s relatively healthy and definitely warms the soul. Often pasta fagioli is made with ham, a ham bone, or sometimes bacon. However, I prefer vegetarian, so I eliminate the ham/bacon, etc.. I usually add in extra veggies which add to the heartiness with a ‘pinch of healthy’ that I like to add in.Print
Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli Soup
Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli soup is a hearty bean soup to warm up on a cold winter day. On busy days you can make this early in the day and set it aside until you are ready to serve dinner. Serve this with homemade foccacia bread.
- Prep Time: 7-10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35-45 min.
- Total Time: 45 min.
- Yield: 2-3 servings
- Category: Soup
- Cuisine: American/Italian
- 2 TBLS olive oil
- 1 large shallot diced
- 1 clove chopped garlic (optional)
- 3 large carrots sliced small
- 3 stalks celery chopped
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
- 2 cans White Beans (preferably Great Northern Beans – they are firmer than cannellini beans)
- 2 cans of vegetable stock
- 1 small can diced tomatoes or 2 chopped fresh tomatoes (optional)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 bay leaf (optional)
- 1 tsp. dried basil or 1 TBLS. fresh chopped basil (optional)
- 1 tsp. dried oregano (optional)
- 1/2 box of whole grain elbow macaroni
- Parmigiano Reggiano to taste (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil in a 5 quart sauce pot then add the shallot, garlic, carrots and celery. Saute for about 3 minutes and then add the red pepper flakes. Saute until transparent. Try not to let it brown.
- Open the canned beans and just run a little cold water into the can for a few seconds and then drain the liquid. Add the beans to the pot with the stock and add the tomatoes and bay leaf if you desire.
- Simmer for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste and the dried oregano (if you desire).
- Cook the macaroni according to the directions on the package, minus a minute or two, so that they are al dente. Drain well when done.
- Add the parsley and/or basil the last 3 minutes before serving.
- You can add the cooked pasta into the pot with the beans, or add 1 cup of pasta to each individual bowl and then ladle the beans to each bowl. It’s a matter of personal preference.
- Add grated cheese if desired.
You can make Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli with red kidney beans, or white beans. Over the years I’ve changed over to great northern white beans which are a bit firmer. Use you preferred beans.
Keywords: bean soup, pasta fagioli, white bean soup, winter recipe, hot soup
This vegetarian pasta fagioli soup is one of my favorite flexible recipes. It’s so very easy to make and you can use the type of beans your family likes. Add in more fresh chopped vegetables for additional heartiness. I usually add in carrots, celery and fresh chopped spinach leaves. Be creative and enjoy a hearty soup to warm your soul.
Serve this delicious soup with homemade focaccia bread which can be made in the air fryer if you have one.
Additional Ingredient Suggestions: For a richer flavor you can cook up some bacon, drain the fat and add the chopped bacon slices to the soup with whatever vegetables your family likes. Peas or fresh baby spinach can be used; you can use either rice, orzo, or other small size pasta shapes you prefer. Variety is the spice of life!
You might also enjoy this hearty Farro Vegetable Soup as well. It’s another delicious and hearty soup to warm your soul.