Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe
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Does anyone have a great recipe for Pasta Fagioli? I live in a wonderful area of South Jersey. There are so many great Italian cooks around here. I am sorry to say that I am not one of them. But I do love this soup and would really like to be able to serve it to my Italian friends.

I was told it is a soup that started when they needed to find something to do with left over meat balls. Who has left over meat balls? Does anyone on this site make Pasta Fagioli Soup?? Please help.
  Re: Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe by Nana (Does anyone have a g...)
Well Fagioli in Italian is beans. There are many different types of fagioli.

But here is the soup recipe

Makes: 8 Cups Total Time: 50 Minutes + Soaking and Cooking Beans Rating: Intermediate

Sort and Soak:
1 lb. medium-sized thick-skinned dried beans

Drain, Rinse, and Cook:
Soaked beans

1 cup small shell pasta (reserve 2 cups pasta water)

Saute in 1/4 Cup Olive Oil:
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
1 t. black pepper
1/2 t. crushed red pepper flakes

Stir in:
1 T. garlic, minced
2 t. minced fresh rosemary
1 t. anchovy paste, optional

Add and Simmer:
6 cups cooked great Northern beans
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Reserved pasta water

Stir in:
1 T. fresh lemon juice
Cooked pasta
Salt to taste

Combine; Garnish with:
3/4 cup Parmesan, finely grated
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Cooked Dried Beans

Sort beans to remove pebbles or dirt. Rinse well. Soak in a large pot with cold water to cover by 2". Cover and chill 4–12 hours.

Drain and rinse soaked beans. Place beans in pot, add 6 cups cold water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1–1 1/2 hours, partially covered. Add more water during cooking if needed. Test a few beans for tenderness after 1 hour. Drain and chill up to 3 days.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta reserving 2 cups water for the soup; set aside.

Saute onion, black pepper, and pepper flakes in oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.

Stir in garlic, rosemary, and anchovy paste. Cook for 1 minute.

Add beans, broth, and pasta water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 20–25 minutes.

Stir in lemon juice, pasta, and salt.

Combine Parmesan and parsley. Pass at the table to sprinkle on top of soup.
  Re: Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe by Nana (Does anyone have a g...)
Sounds good DFen911!
Anchovy paste really adds a kick to the experience.
I wonder, where are the meatballs? Could I just add them in?
  Re: Re: Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe by Nana (Sounds good DFen911!...)
I've never seen it made with meatballs.

Beans were a very cheap source of protein and readily available.

Now you may be thinking of Italian Wedding Soup which is made with small meatballs.

1 small onion, grated
1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 large egg
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 slice fresh white bread, crust trimmed, bread torn into small pieces
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
8 ounces ground beef
8 ounces ground pork
Freshly ground black pepper


12 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 pound curly endive, coarsely chopped (1 pound of escarole would be a good substitution)
2 large eggs
2 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

To make the meatballs: Stir the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the cheese, beef and pork. Using 1 1/2 teaspoons for each, shape the meat mixture into 1-inch-diameter meatballs. Place on a baking sheet.

To make the soup: Bring the broth to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and curly endive and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through and the curly endive is tender, about 8 minutes. Whisk the eggs and cheese in a medium bowl to blend. Stir the soup in a circular motion. Gradually drizzle the egg mixture into the moving broth, stirring gently with a fork to form thin stands of egg, about 1 minute. Season the soup to taste with salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve. Finish soup with parmesan cheese if desired.
  Re: Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe by Nana (Does anyone have a g...)
Made the soup. It was great! Thanks
  Re: Re: Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe by Nana (Made the soup. It w...)
Did you take any pictures of your soup?
  Re: Re: Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe by DFen911 (Did you take any pic...)
I made the C@H recipe from their soup issue. It was wonderful. I served it to my babysitter and her boyfriend and they loved it (my mother and her hubby).

Great recipe. I think I may try your recipe this weekend.
"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."
  Re: Re: Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe by DFen911 (Did you take any pic...)
No I didn't take any pictures of my soup. I'm sort of new here. Is that what we do?
  Re: Re: Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe by Nana (No I didn't take any...)
Well it's not a "must". It's just we all enjoy them so, or at least I do
  Re: Re: Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe by DFen911 (Well it's not a "mus...)
Okay - next time, you got it. Um, how do I post a picture?

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