Nonna's Pasta Fagioli

Posted: December 10

Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

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Pasta Fagioli literally translates to "pasta and beans" which is exactly what Nonna's Pasta Fagioli delivers: savory, hearty bites of nutty cannellini beans and tender-cooked pasta. Nonna's Pasta Fagioli features her secret ingredient for a brighter, tangier broth with just the right touch of meatiness. Hot and freshly herby, this soup will quickly replace chicken noodle soup as your go-to comfort food. The day just feels better with a bowl of this on the table!


• 1 pound lean ground beef • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 carrot, diced • 1 stalk celery, diced • 1 onion, thinly sliced and diced • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced • 1 (32-ounce) bottle tomato-vegetable juice cocktail • 1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth • 1 tablespoon dried parsley • 1 tablespoon dried basil • 1 teaspoon dried oregano • freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 1 1/2 cups ditalini pasta • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed


Step 1

On the stove-top, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 2

Cook and stir the ground beef in the skillet until browned and crumbly, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 3

Drain the skillet, discard the grease, and set the meat aside.

Step 4

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil.

Step 5

Sauté the carrot, celery, and onion until the vegetables are softened, about 5-10 minutes.

Step 6

Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.

Step 7

Add the tomato-vegetable juice, chicken broth, parsley, basil, oregano, and black pepper, stirring to combine.

Step 8

Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and let simmer for 20 minutes.

Step 9

Cook the ditalini pasta according to package directions, in salted water, until al dente. Drain the pasta thoroughly.

Step 10

Stir the cannellini beans and cooked beef into the broth and cook while stirring until heated through, for about 10 minutes.

Step 11

Add pasta to your preferred serving bowls and ladle the soup on top.

Step 12


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