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Pasta e Fagioli

This hearty, tasty pasta- bean soup is made with a homemade vegetable broth created from vegetable peels and such. Add a little of this-and-that, and before you know it, the soup is ready!
Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Soup
Servings 6


Homemade Vegetable Broth Ingredients

  • Use a variety of vegetable scraps from carrots, celery, onions, mushroom - or whatever vegetables you have on hand. (about 2 to 3 cups-worth)

Pasta e Fagioli Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup each diced onions, bell peppers, celery, carrots
  • 6 cups homemade vegetable broth
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 15-oz. can Northern beans (undrained (Any type of white bean will work.))
  • ¼ cup small pasta  (such as orzo, Ditalini, elbows, small shell pasta)
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning blend (or use a combination of dried oregano, dried basil to equal 1 tsp.)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • grated Parmesan cheese (to sprinkle on top of each serving)


  • Place a variety of on-hand vegetable scraps in a large pot. Cover the scraps with 6+ cups of water; season with salt, pepper, bay leaves. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for about an hour. Add more water, as necessary.
  • Strain solids from liquid; discard solids.
  • Allow broth to cool a bit. Cover container and refrigerate until ready to use.

To Make the Pasta e Fagioli

  • In a large pot, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add all of the diced vegetables and saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add vegetable broth, diced tomatoes with its juice, and tomato paste. Stir to blend in the paste. Add seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium. Add pasta and stir. Cook for about 8 minutes, stirring now and then, making sure pasta doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • When the pasta is tender, add undrained beans. Cook an additional 5 minutes.
  • Serve with a sprinkling of shredded Parmesan cheese.
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