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Healthy Recipe of the Week: Pasta Fagioli

Healthy Recipe: Pasta Fagioli

I made this delicious and healthy recipe of Pasta Fagioli for my family earlier this week. It is a go-to recipe when I entertain as well. Fagioli means “beans” in Italian. Beans, veggies, pasta and olive oil all blend together in a mixture of great flavors.

This soup is similar to Minestrone, but is thicker in consistency. This recipe freezes well too. Just place the contents in a heavy freezer bag and freeze it for up to 4 months. This dish is so yummy that I doubt we’ll need to freeze it. I have a feeling it will be gone by the end of the weekend. This recipe makes approximately 8 servings. Prep time about 20 minutes and 30 minute cooking time.

Pasta Fagioli Ingredients

All set with the ingredients


  • 1 tsb. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. broth or water
  • 3 cups chopped onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp. fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp. fresh oregano
  • 1 can (32 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (4 cups) low-fat, low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 cans (16 oz. each) white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup minced parsley
  • 1 lb. rigatoni or medium shells any variety, cooked
  • freshly ground salt and pepper to taste
  • crushed red pepper to taste if you want even more spice
Foodie Friday, Healthy Pasta Fagioli

Mmmm, taking a taste!



Heat the olive oil and the 2 tbsp. broth in a large skillet or stockpot on medioum heat and cook the onions, garlic, carrots and bay leaf, strirring occasionally, until softened – about 10 minutes. Add teh basil, oregano, broth, tomatoies, and beans. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 10-15 minutes. Add the parsley and pasta and cook for 5-10 minutes more. Season to taste.

Foodie Friday, Healthy Pasta Fagioli

The final product. YUM!

Approximate nutrion per serving:

Calories: 87, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 1g, Sodium 126mg, Carbs 12g, Fiber 3g, Protein 4g

This is a recipe I could even get my picky kids to like. “Hey mom, we like this one…” I almost fell off my chair. What is one of your favorite healthy pasta recipes?

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  1. Jenna wood says:

    I never knew what Fagioli meant, how interesting. It’s almost like a minestrone soup, but a pasta dish!

  2. katherine says:

    I love italian food! YUM!

  3. Cinny says:

    That looks delicious

  4. Now that’s a quick hearty meal. I think my husband would love that.

  5. Patty says:

    I love hearty meals like this in the winter. Mmmmmm

  6. Mitch says:

    Yum. I wish I cooked with more protein rich beans, but it doesn’t work great for my family. Of course if my mother-in-law made this they would love it, she has everyone trained!

  7. Cecile says:

    I even think my kids would enjoy this! Looks yummy!

  8. Angela says:

    I have never made this myself, but an old friend of mine who no longer lives nearby used to make this all the time. It’s such a yummy recipe!

  9. That looks quite tantalizing to my tastebuds! I just love pasta!

  10. Nicole B says:

    I love minestrone and this recipe looks really good. I like that you can freeze it too. Perfect for chilly days.

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