Pasta Fagioli

Cover recipe- Family Circle, Pasta Fagioli: February 2011

Family Circle isn’t a food magazine, so they’re not not really known for having a boatload of delicious recipes tucked within their pages.  This issue advertises 43 pages of great winter recipes- all under 500 calories.  I love to see that.  Home cooks who buy this magazine hopefully can find some quick and easy ideas that are healthy dinner choices for their families.

Home-Cooked Comfort Soups & Stews is a feature within the recipe section.  The Pasta Fagioli soup is one of the bowls pictured on the cover.  Other choices in this section include a Traditional Beef & Bean Chili, Winter Veggie Bisque, Chicken & Corn Chili, Country Dijon Beef Stew and Red Pepper- Tomato Soup.  Those are some great comfort food ideas for dinner that will take the chill out of winter.  Read my notes below to see what I thought of the cover recipe:  Pasta Fagioli.

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Pasta Fagioli

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 min + chill time

Cook Time: 20 min


2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 cups water
8 ounces (about 2 cups) small pasta shells
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 bunch fresh kale, tough stems discarded, cut into 1-inch pieces & washed
2 cans small white beans, drained & rinsed
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
grated Parmesan, for serving


1.  Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onion and cook 5 minutes.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute.
2.  Stir in tomatoes, broth and water.  Bring to a simmer over high heat.  Add pasta and Italian seasoning.  Cook, stirring, 5 minutes.
3.  Stir in kale; cook 5 minutes more.  Reduce heat to medium and stir in beans, tomato paste, salt and pepper.  Heat through.
4.  Ladle into bowls; garnish with Parmesan.


*I used a medium sweet onion, and I minced my garlic (in lieu of chopping).
*Kale is fabulous in soup.  I was happy to see that it was in this recipe.  Don't leave it out!
*After simmering a bit, the pasta in my soup soaked up a good deal of the liquid.  I ended up adding in a couple more cans of chicken broth.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: Recipe divided into 8 servings
Calories per serving: 260
Fat per serving: 5g
Saturated Fat per serving: 1g
Sodium per serving: ,span class="sodium">791g
Fiber per serving: 8g
Protein per serving: 13g
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 48g

Source:  Family Circle, February 2011

The results:

This recipe was kind of a no-brainer to make.  Super easy-to-follow instructions and a delicious result.  It was nice that a few fresh ingredients were added to the canned.  Fresh Parmesan on top is a MUST!

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Yes!  Family Circle isn’t really known for their recipes.  I love that they featured a few easy soups that home cooks can easily put together.  This recipe was a big hit with my family.

Lori is the founder of She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at

8 Responses to “Pasta Fagioli”

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    Jenny Flake — March 4, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    One of my favorite soups ever! This one looks delicious :)

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    Allison [Haute Box] — March 4, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    This looks refreshing and light!

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    Amanda — March 4, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    Gorgeous photo! This looks fabulous.

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    Tracy — March 4, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    Looks gorgeous and I bet it tastes even better!!

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    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — March 5, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    Pasta Fagioli is one of my favorite soups! This looks delicious! :)

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    Cookin' Canuck — March 6, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    Wonderful photo, Lori. This is the kind of soup that can be a meal itself – no extras needed.

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    Lulu — March 13, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    Someone passed a copy of the magazine on to me and I’ve made this recipe four times since. It’s *excellent.* I can’t say enough good things about it – but the kicker may be that I order Pasta Fagioli at Macaroni Grill the other night and was so, so disappointed that it didn’t taste like this one. Try it!

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    LilSis — March 20, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    I can’t wait to try this soup! Sounds super easy, yet still healthy! I’ve always been afraid of kale for some reason, but I’ll give it a try since you say not to eliminate it! Great photo, too!! I’m bookmarking now.

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