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Easy Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e fagioli is a classic Italian soup that's perfect for a cozy night in. It has beans, pancetta, garlic, and plenty of veggies to make it an incredibly flavorful rustic soup!
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta and bean soup, pasta and beans, pasta e fagioli soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 355kcal


  • 1 (4.4 ounce) package diced pancetta
  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 4 sticks celery chopped
  • 3 medium carrots chopped or sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (28 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 4 cups chicken broth/stock
  • 1 (15 fluid ounce) can red kidney beans drained
  • 1 (15 fluid ounce) can cannellini beans drained
  • 1 cup pasta (ditalini or macaroni)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Shaved parmesan cheese optional, for serving


  • Add the pancetta to a large pot over medium-high heat. Sauté until it starts to get crispy. I like to prep the other veggies while doing this step.
  • Add the onion, carrots, and celery, and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • Stir in the garlic, followed by the diced tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Be sure to scrape up the brown bits. Let it bubble until the liquid is noticeably reduced (stir occasionally) to help concentrate the flavor. This should take 8-10 minutes or so.
  • Add the chicken broth and beans to the pot. Increase the heat to high. Once the soup is boiling, add the pasta.
  • Reduce the heat to a rapid simmer and cook for another 15-20 minutes or until the pasta is nice and tender. I suggest stirring every few minutes so the pasta doesn't stick the bottom of the pot.
  • Season soup with salt & pepper as needed (the soup should be fairly salty already). This soup is delicious served with some shaved parmesan! 


  • The pasta in these types of soup tends to soak up the broth, so you may want to add more broth/stock when reheating leftovers. If the soup is too thick for you once the pasta has finished cooking, thin it out with more chicken broth if desired.
  • You don't have to be exact with the pancetta measurements... anything in the ballpark works (packaging sizes vary from place to place).
  • Use low-sodium chicken broth if sensitive to salt. 
  • Want to kick the flavor up even more? Throw in a parmesan rind when cooking this soup.
  • Try the Instant Pot version of this recipe if you wish.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 1127mg | Potassium: 1119mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5384IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 5mg