Sunday, October 6, 2013

Pasta Fagioli Soup

Hello! Did you know it's officially soup season?! Well, it is to me.  Ever since we've jumped into Fall I've been craving soup.  I've done apples and pumpkins, and now it's time to warm up a bit ♥
Making a  pot of soup is very comforting to me.  I love listening to it bubble as I putter around the house. This was my first attempt at pasta fagioli soup. My husband holds this soup to high standards because it's one of his favorites.  After 15 years of marriage (on Friday!) I finally took the plunge and gave it a try.  I got the recipe from one of my favorite blogs,  Tracy made it look very easy and you know what - it was!  I was amazed at how quickly this soup came together.  It's perfect for Fall.  Make two batches and freeze one for before trick or treating, or when you just need to warm up on a cool, crisp night. It's so delicious. 
(P.S my hubby loved it : )
Here's how to make it:

Recipe from Tracy at

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 oz. pancetta (or bacon), minced
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes (15oz canned)
a pinch red pepper flakes
salt & freshly ground pepper
4 cups (32 oz.) chicken or vegetable stock
1 15 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup dried pasta, medium shells or elbows
Parmesan cheese and parsley (for garnish)

In a soup pot over medium low heat, warm the olive oil. Add the pancetta or bacon, onion and garlic and saute slowly, stirring until onions are soft, about 10 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper to taste and simmer for 20 minutes. (*note: Tracy's recipe adds 1 tablespoon of chopped, fresh sage at this point.  I'm not a huge fan of sage so I left it out.*)

Add the beans and stock and simmer for another 30 minutes.

Add the pasta to the soup and simmer until the pasta is tender, 12-15 minutes.

Ladle the soup into individual bowls.

 Garnish with the cheese and parsley.  Enjoy!

I made a pot of this on Saturday and it's already gone! I'm going to make more tomorrow so we can have it all week. After a long day at work it's nice to know I have a hot bowl of soup to come home to ♥ It's comfort in a bowl ~

I'm excited because tonight I am starting to watch the series The Tudors.  It's all about the life and many wives of Henry VIII.  That period of history is so interesting to me and the series came highly recommend by a favorite podcast of mine, The History Chicks.  Have you heard of them? These ladies have awakened my love of history!   I am planning a future blog post all about my favorite podcasts (coming soon!) and The History Chicks will be at the top of my list. Anyway, I'm looking forward snuggling up on the couch and getting into a good series.  It's getting darker earlier now, so why not make the best of it.  Yet another reason I love the Fall!


  1. Two of my favorite things....pasta fagioli & The Tudors. Maybe you're my long lost sister! :) Your soup looks great. Pasta fagioli is something my mom made all the time when I was a kid. It's comfort food to me.
    As for The Tudors, we got Netflix this summer & I started watching it and quickly became addicted.
    Have a great week!

  2. Hooray for soup season! I love a hot bowl of soup on an chilly autumn day! Your pasta fagioli soup looks so delicious. I can almost smell it from here! Thank you for sharing the recipe! :o)

  3. Oh my goodness Danielle... this looks SO good and it's one of my favorite winter soups. The Parmesan on top is delicious. Okay, I need to get with it here and start watching these shows! I'm going to check the links:) thanks so sharing!! xxleslie

  4. I can attest to the wonderfulsoup.It's better than my own.

  5. I am definitely super into soup season!! Love how comfort-full this is!