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Pasta e Fagioli
Pasta e Fagioli
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
A one-pot, meatless meal ready in 30 minutes. The best Italian comfort food!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: beans, easy pasta, one pot, vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 441 kcal
Author: Cooking with Mamma C
  • 1 medium onion (peeled & finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (finely chopped; optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled & pressed)
  • 15 ounce can cannellini or great northern beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 5 cups hot water
  • 1 1/3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound ditalini pasta (or other small pasta)
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • extra Parmesan to serve
  1. Peel and chop the onion. Heat olive oil in a pasta pot on medium high. Add the onions and tomato paste and stir to combine. Cook until onions are tender, about six minutes.
  2. While the onions are cooking, rinse, dry and chop the herbs, stirring them into the pot when they are ready. Peel and press the garlic. Drain and rinse the beans. When the onions have another minute to cook, stir in the garlic, beans, salt and pepper.
  3. After a minute, add water to the pot, cover it, and put the heat on high. When the pot is boiling, add the pasta.
  4. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until it is al dente. (Check it three minutes before the al dente time listed on the package.) Do NOT drain.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the Parmesan. Taste for seasonings and add a few dashes of red pepper flakes as needed.
  6. Serve immediately with extra cheese at the table. The pasta will absorb the broth quickly. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To heat leftovers, add a bit of hot water to each serving before warming it up in the microwave.
Recipe Notes

You can freeze unused tomato paste in little portions by wrapping a couple tablespoons of it in plastic wrap. Then, place those packets in a freezer bag and freeze.

Nutrition Facts
Pasta e Fagioli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 441 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 663mg29%
Potassium 584mg17%
Carbohydrates 75g25%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 3.9mg5%
Calcium 144mg14%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.