24 February 2016

Benvenuto! Welcome to Dinner!

Tonight we are featuring Italian cuisine from bloggers all over the world!  You will be served several courses and even a couple of printable a and table decor to round out your experience!

Soups are a traditional peasant fare all through Europe and here, too, and this minestrone is so satisfying.  The soup is best made with a bean broth, but that not always being available, I have substituted chicken broth.  The bean of choice is the fagioli romani (the Roman bean), hence the name of the soup.

My contribution is this hearty pasta e' figioli soup that can be served as a main meal or a soup course.  What's wonderful about it is that it is also a lighter version of the classic without sacrificing flavor!

Pasta e' Fagioli Soup

1 T good olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 large carrot, sliced into quarter inch circles
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 15 oz can of diced Italian tomatoes
1/4 c dry shell pasta (or whatever you have on hand)
4 c chicken broth or 2 c chicken broth and 2 c bean broth
1 15 oz can cannelli or figioli beans, drained and rinsed
3 T Parmesan cheese, grated
1 T Italian seasoning
1/4 t red pepper flakes
fresh basil
Pepper to taste

Cook carrot, celery an onion in olive oil until vegetables are fork tender. Stir in garlic, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Cook for 5 minutes stirring often. Add hamburger and tomatoes. Cook for 10 minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients, except for beans. Cook until pasta is tender. Add beans and heat thoroughly.  Ladle into serving bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and basil before serving.

When a soup has pasta in it, typically there wouldn't be a bread served with it.  However, for me, this soup is delightful with a thick slice of good bread rubbed with garlic.

Now on to the next course!


  1. Every time I go out for Italian food I order Pasta Fagioli Soup. I am excited to try your recipe, because now I can have it at home. Thanks for sharing. I happily pinned it for later.

  2. Love a good Italian pasta soup!


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