You'll have enough of this family favorite for a filling dinner plus lunch the next day. It makes fabulous leftovers and freezes well.
1. Cook beef and next 4 ingredients in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Drain well, and return to pan.
2. Add tomatoes and next 7 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes. Add ditalini; cook 15 minutes or until pasta is done. Ladle soup into individual bowls; sprinkle with cheese.
Pasta e Fagioli (fa-ZHOH-lee), or pasta-and-bean soup, is a complete meal all in itself.