1 (16-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3/4 cup uncooked ditalini (very short tube-shaped macaroni)
2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
How to Make It
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.
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.
With the beans and the pasta and veggies, this is a great comfort food soup and with the tomatoe base, it's even better the next day. After reading the reviews I also made modifications; used ground turkey (little more than 1 lb.),1 cup of the carrots and celery, a little more salt and red pepper and 1 cup of pasta shells. I should've added more broth and/or crushed tomatoes b/c my volume of liquid was greatly decreased after increasing my veggies, pasta and meat...next time. This is a great soup to take to a fall or winter time potluck and cheap!
This soup is really delicious! So filling and comforting. I like alleyflowers' alterations - obviously based on personal preference - but I also recommend trying the recipe just as is initially and then modify as you like thereafter. The crushed red pepper is a good addition. Doodles says to try with ceasar salad and garlic bread - excellent idea !
I have never written a recipe review before but this was so delicious that I had to review it! I made a few minor substitutions based on personal preference. I used ground hot italian turkey sausage rather than the ground round. I also ommitted the celery and added extra carrots. I doubled the crushed red pepper for extra kick - and I used small wheat pasta shells rather than the macaroni. My husband loved the flavor and the heartiness of the beans and broth. It was amazing. I love to make soups and do very often - and this is probably the best I have made to date! It is definitely a meal on it's own.
We loved this famous soup! I did not alter any ingredients. I served the soup with Caesar salad and garlic biscuits. I will definately add to "My Favorites." The two different beans is what makes it so tasty and special.
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