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Quick Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Contributor: Christine Pittman
Pasta e Fagioli Soup of Olive Garden fame, uses handy pantry staples to make but tastes like you’re out for a fun Italian dinner. If you don’t have bacon, you can use diced ham, kielbassa, or any cooked meat that you have, or you can leave out the meat entirely. Instead of the cannellini beans and lima beans, you can use whatever canned beans you have. I really like kidney and pinto beans in there as alternatives.
  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups mini shells (or other pasta with 6 minute cooking time)
  • 4 strips bacon, roughly chopped (optional)
  • Optional vegetables*
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups low or no-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dry thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. dry rosemary leaves
  • a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 (15.5 oz.) can cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 (15.5 oz.) can lima beans, drained
  • Optional canned vegetables**
  • Shredded or grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook mini shells according to package instructions, drain.
  2. Meanwhile, put a large pot over medium heat. Add the bacon. Cook 2 minutes.
  3. Add any optional vegetables that you’re using, if any. Stir and cook until bacon is starting to crisp, 4-5 minutes.
  4. Into the large pot that is set over medium heat, put the crushed tomatoes, stock, garlic powder, thyme, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and salt. Stir.
  5. Add cannellini and lima beans. Stir. Increase heat to high. Cover. Bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce to a simmer. Stir in canned vegetables, if using. Simmer 10 minutes.
  7. Put some cooked and drained pasta into soup bowls and top with hot soup. Garnish with Parmesan, if desired.

Notes

*If you have any onion, celery, bell pepper, or carrots, you can use these here. Add one or all or any combination of the following: 1 small onion (chopped), 2 ribs celery (chopped), 1 green bell pepper (chopped), 2 carrots (finely chopped).

**You can optionally add up to 2 cans of drained vegetebles, such as sliced carrots, corn, peas, or cut green beans.