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soup bowlI was a vegetarian for 10 years (Alice still is and has been for 21 years) and one of our most favorite lunches used to be Pasta e Fagioli soup and a few slices of crusty bread from Finbar’s Italian Kitchen right below Wellsprings.  I tried to re-create that soup a few nights ago and it turned out pretty close.

I really like that I was able to use the fresh herbs from our garden in this soup and it only took about 30 minutes to make.  To make this recipe vegetarian/vegan leave out the pancetta and substitute the chicken stock for veggie stock.

Pasta e Fagioli Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oilpasta and beans soup ingredients
  • 1/8 pound (about 3 slices) pancetta, chopped
  • 2 (4 to 6-inch) sprigs rosemary, left intact
  • 1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact
  • 1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried baby leaves
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups small shape pasta (I used small shells), uncooked
  • Grated Parmigiano or Romano cheese, for the table
  • Crusty bread, for dipping


  1. Heat a deep pot or dutch oven over medium high heat and add oil and pancetta.  Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herbs stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic.  Season vegetables with salt and pepper.
  2. Add beans, tomatoes, water, and stock to pot and raise heat to high.
  3. Bring soup to a rapid boil and add pasta.  Reduce heat to medium and cook soup, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until pasta is cooked al dente.
  4. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as soup cooks.  Remove herbs stems and bay leaf from soup and take soup off the stove.  Let soup rest and begin to cool for a few minutes.
  5. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated cheese.

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