Italian-style pasta e fagioli

    1 hour 5 min

    'Pasta e fagioli' means beans and pasta in Italian. This is my version of this comforting soup that uses cannellini beans, beef mince, tomato-vegetable juice and ditalini (or macaroni) pasta.

    2 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 450g beef mince
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 carrot, diced
    • 1 stalk celery, diced
    • 1 thin slice onion, diced
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 1L tomato-vegetable juice (such as V8(R))
    • 400ml chicken stock
    • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
    • 1 tablespoon dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 170g ditalini pasta or small macaroni
    • 1 (400g) tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot pan until browned, 5 to 7 minutes; remove any excess grease.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; add carrot, celery and onion and cook until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in vegetable juice, chicken stock, parsley, basil, oregano and black pepper into vegetable mixture; bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer soup for 20 minutes.
    3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Cook pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.
    4. Stir cannellini beans and cooked mince into soup; cook and stir until soup is heated through, about 10 minutes.
    5. Spoon some pasta into each serving bowl; ladle soup over pasta.

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    Delicious with minimal effort. I did NOT taste V-8 at all, just a wonderful full flavor. Great recipe and added to my recipes! Thanks! *** Have made this several times, with this last time using ground turkey. Also very good. **March, 2018 Just an update - this is perhaps one of 3 of the very best recipes on this site. Thanks again!  -  09 Jan 2017  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great. Just the way I make it except I use low sodium or spicy v8 and add cabbage and more veggies some times.  -  17 Feb 2019  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a big hit at our house! We try to watch our salt intake, so I used low sodium V8 and salt free chicken cooking stock for this recipe. It turned out delicious, we'll definitely make this again.  -  15 Feb 2019  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)