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Pasta Fagioli

Pasta Fagioli full of vegetables, beans, pasta, and prosciutto!  Hearty, flavorful Italian soup recipe that's perfect for dinner!  This is a family favorite that we have been making for over 20 years. I have tweaked it a few times over the years and I think it’s more delicious than ever.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: dinner, Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta Fagioli recipe
Servings: 10
Calories: 436kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lb diced prosciutto
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 shallot finely diced
  • 2 TBSP fresh parsley (or 1 Tbsp dried)
  • 1 TBSP dried oregano
  • 1 TBSP dried basil
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz petite diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz red kidney beans
  • 15 oz white kidney beans
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lb ditalini pasta
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Grated or shredded Parmesan Cheese for garnish.

Instructions

  • Chop up prosciutto into small dice sized pieces. Saute in a pan with olive oil over medium heat until crispy.
  • Using tongs, remove a small amount of the prosciutto for garnish. Keep the remaining prosciutto in the pan.
  • Next add the onion and shallots and saute until translucent. Add the basil, oregano and parsley.
  • Then add the small can of diced tomatoes and stir for a minute then add the large can of crushed tomatoes and bring to a low simmer.
  • You will then add the chicken stock and beans. Bring this to a low simmer and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile cook the pasta to al dente or desired firmness. Once cooked, serve pasta on the side.
  • Spoon desired amount of pasta into a bowl then spoon soup mixture over the pasta. Top with grated parmesan cheese, parsley and prosciutto bits. Enjoy!

Notes

You can use bacon instead of prosciutto, but I like the flavor of the prosciutto, plus it’s less fatty. Our original recipe used bacon and it’s just as good!
You can use 2 cloves of garlic instead of the shallots, I like both.
This can simmer for a while, but it’s ready to serve after 30 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 661mg | Potassium: 968mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 352IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 5mg