Pasta e fagioli recipe

Pasta e fagioli recipe

By 24/08/2015

Summer is slipping away! I don't mean to be negative but summer is always so short whereas winter lasts for ages!

I love sitting in the garden under the shade of the trees listening to the symphony of  the cicadas. They get ridiculously louder as the weather gets hotter. At night they are replaced by the softer and more gentle sound of the crickets. In summertime everything gets so lively out there!

I also love the smell of the sea on my skin, it just feels like a bliss.

The only thing I can do as a reminder of summer in winter is to "seal" the goodness of summer in jars. That's why I am working hard at the moment making tomato sauce (or passata), jams (figs is my favourite) and preserves which can remind me of the hotter summer days instantly.

My recipe today is a soup which is good either in winter or summer. Pasta a fagioli is just a classic Italian soup full of goodness.

I have used fresh borlotti beans which are in season now but I know that sometimes it can be difficult to find them outside of Italy. You can replace them with other types of beans and you can use tinned ones too. This soup will be delicious anyway.

Good olive oil, rosemary and a slice of thick prosciutto or bacon are key ingredients and can add a great deal of flavour. You can also add a crust of parmesan whilst you cook it and remove it before serving it.

A simply wonderful rustic and satisfying meal.


  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes



Wash the vegetables and chop them finely (you can use a processor too). Chop a few leaves of rosemary too. Stir fry them in a pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil.

Make the broth by dissolving the stock cube in hot water.

fresh vegetables

Cook for about 3 minutes until the vegetables will get a nice golden colour. Add a couple of spoons of broth and stir from time to time. Add the tomato sauce too.

stir frying

Drain and whiz half of the beans. Add the pureed beans, the chopped ham, the rosemary sticks, half of the broth and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Add the remaining broth, the whole beans and cook for a further 15 minutes over a low heat.

fresh cooked borlotti beans

making pasta and bean soup

Cook the pasta al dente, drain then add it to the soup.

adding pasta

Stir the pasta well in the soup. Remove the rosemary sticks  and serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. You can add some finely chopped parsley if you like.

pasta e fagioli

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8 Responses to Pasta e fagioli recipe

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Autumn definitely arrives over here…and the temperature has dropped to 18C….I miss all those beautiful summer produce already.
    Your pasta look very comforting and tasty, Alida.

  2. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    I can imagine how busy you are getting ready for the fall and winter. Making tomato sauce, jam, and preserves sounds like you are on your way to that time of the year. That will be fun opening a jar and thinking of your summer in the sun. Your recipe of pasta e fagioli is awesome. what a true Italian classic. My mom used to make this when I was younger…we used Cannellini beans or Chickpeas. It is so good with a salad and a good piece of crusty italian bread. Thank you for a wonderful post and recipe..Have a super week, enjoy what is left of the summer..
    Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Thank you Dottie!

  3. Diana

    Yum this looks so great.

    Ok….have you ever eaten Iota? Or maybe Jota? My mother used to make that all the time (learned from her mother-in-law who was from Istria). Beans, sauerkraut, sausage soup….ha, ha, ha….a real Italian soup! Especially with that sauerkraut! ha, ha, ha…..

    But if you have a recipe….would love to give it a shot….

    • Alida

      Ciao Diana! Just been to Istria. Lovely place just a few steps away from my hometown. They have great food there but I am more familiar with fish though!

  4. Elisabetta

    This classic recipe makes you want to crave cold autumn days, mmmmmmm!

  5. Michelle @ O Blog Off

    This is my husbands favorite soup. We have been married 9 years and I have never made it for him! I guess better late than never! Thanks for sharing!

    • Alida

      Mine loves it too..a favourite for the whole family. 🙂

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