Pasta e Fagioli

Last week was not exactly my best week ever!

I was SO ready for the weekend to roll around so that I could relax a little. And by relax a little I really mean sleep till noon, play like 10,000 games of Fruit Ninja, watch a bunch of movies and eat Keebler Deluxe Graham Cookies straight out of the freezer all while never changing out of my pajamas.

Don’t judge. I needed it!

I also made soup. Because what’s more comforting than soup? Okay, well someone making me soup would have been better, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Pasta e Fagioli is one of my favorites – warm and creamy and chock full of goodness, it’s one of the few soups that actually leaves me full. And it’s super simple which is even better.

Because it leaves me more time for important things like Fruit Ninja…

Pasta e Fagioli
Yields: 4 servings as a main dish or 6 servings as a side

1- 2 tbs. olive oil
¼ lb. Italian Sausage*
½ small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. white wine, like Pinot Grigio
3 c. chicken stock
1 – 14.5 oz. can of Navy Beans, drained and rinsed
1 – 14.5 oz. can of Kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbs. fresh thyme
1 tbs. fresh oregano
Salt to taste
¼ tsp. black pepper
1c. pasta of your choice (I like a Mezze Penne), cooked

In a large Dutch oven, cook the sausage in 1 tbs. olive oil. Remove the sausage from the pan and drain on paper towel.

Sauté the onion in remaining oil, adding a little more to the pan if necessary, for 3-4 minutes until almost tender. Add the garlic and cook 1-2 minutes longer.

Deglaze the pan with the white wine and cook 1-2 minutes until the alcohol has evaporated. Add the chicken stock, navy beans, kidney beans, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper and bring the mixture to a simmer. Simmer about 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

If you prefer your soup a little bit thicker, remove 1 cup of the vegetable mixture and puree it in the blender, then return it to the pot. Otherwise just proceed to the next step.

Add the sausage back to the pan and the cooked pasta, and simmer a few minutes longer until they are heated through. Serve immediately.

*Notes: You can make this with either Italian Sausage, pork sausage, ground turkey or beef, Pancetta or lardons of thick cut bacon. Whichever you prefer, just brown it first, and follow the same steps as for the sausage listed above.

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  1. 1

    I love this soup as well! It looks fabulous and so comforting. Just what you needed! My daughter plays fruit ninja and she learns so much from that little game. She is always teaching me new things! Glad to see you had a nice low key weekend and got plenty of sleep!

  2. 2

    You totally deserved to take a weekend off from life! Take a few more if you want. That soup sounds wonderful. I love all of the options you gave us with the different meats.

  3. 3

    This looks tasty and a great comfort soup. What is Fruit Ninja? Glad you got to have a relaxing weekend and got to stay in your jammies all day. Sounds like a very good time.

    • 4

      It’s a game you can play in your iPod where you get to slash fruit with your hands like a Ninja. Wow, when you say it like that it makes me sound kind of lame…

  4. 5

    Awesome! Your version looks great. Believe it or not, I have a pasta e fagioli recipe queued up for next week — it’s such a great soup!

  5. 6

    Looks delicious in that mug!

  6. 7

    Yum!!! Looks very delicious, comfort food. Love your presentation!!!

  7. 8

    Fruit Ninja? No, no, I don’t want to know. I already spend too much time on things I shouldn’t (Cityville).

    You soup looks very much like comfort food to me. It’s funny how odd little dishes like this make that list, isn’t it.

  8. 10

    I hope you are feeling refreshed and ready to take on the week after your much needed break. I think I could live on soup Jen. This one looks so good and very hearty with the pasta and beans.

  9. 12

    I love soup especially if it has pasta in it. But hold the phone…frozen Keebler Deluxe Graham cookies? How excellent! Sounds like a good weekend to me.

  10. 13

    This is one of my favorite soups at Olive Garden, yours sounds so hearty! Love this!

  11. 14

    What a delicious recipe to warm you to the bone this winter. Looks so scrumptious, Jen! Thanks for sharing.

  12. 15

    I love this soup and your recipe looks great.

  13. 16

    Love playing Fruit Ninja! You deserved your weekend!!
    Soup is comforting, and I love anything with sausage in it!

  14. 18

    Oh my gosh this is PERFECT!! I absolutely love the flavors here :)

  15. 19

    A soothing and tasty soup! I love your soup mugs too.

  16. 21

    Jen, this soup looks so very comforting. As for your relaxing weekend? I won’t judge ya. I’m all for sleeping late, playing (for me) Words with Friends, sating the Pinterest beast that dwells within me and eating cookies. Sounds blissfull. Here’s hoping you continue to have a relaxing week. :)

    • 22

      Thanks Laurie! I haven’t gotten into words with friends yet – usually when I play a game it’s because I want something totally mindless.

  17. 23

    It sounds like you got the weekend you needed! I love this soup–I never think about it, but you’re right that it is comforting and totally satisfying. Your version looks wonderful.

  18. 24

    Soup has to be one of the best creations ever – with a little chopping, stirring and tasting, a whole meal is ready without ever really feeling the pain of slaving away in the kitchen 😉 This soup looks delicious and honestly I’m eyeing the bread in the background =)

  19. 26

    I think I could have used some Fruit ninjas last weekend — and I don’t even know what they are! I do know this soup, though, and as many times as I’ve made it, Mr. Rosemary says that it’s good, but just not quite as good as the restaurant where he used to have it for lunch. (I’ve had it, to, and I like mine better.) Hope this week is more relaxing.

  20. 28

    Your soup looks delicious. This is my favorite kind when I get the hankering for Olive Garden. I bet yours knocks theirs out of the ballpark. I have also never heard of these Keebler Deluxe Graham Cookies. In the freezer? I am intrigued. I hope your weekend was everything you wanted it to be.

    • 29

      Keebler Deluxe Grahams are the only store bought cookie that I’m totally in love with1 They’re like a bite-sized chocolate covered graham cracker, and straight out of the freezer they’re even better. The Publix brand knock-off ones are even better than Keebler’s if you can find them…

  21. 30

    This looks so absolutely delicious. Now, if you will excuse me I have to go and research fruit ninja!

    • 31

      Fruit Ninja!? Oh it’s like the most addicting an inane game for your iPod ever! I’m currently the reigning champ in our house… which makes me a total dork!

  22. 32

    I was thinking about you tonight and why I haven’t seen a post lately. I was worried from your concerns last week. I’m glad I stopped by because I must not be getting your posts somehow. I’m going to sign up again because I don’t want to miss a thing! Hope everything is okay for you!! ~ Ramona

  23. 33

    Saturday I did grocery shopping for about 2 hours. The rest of the day I slept. Seriously. I can so relate!
    And the soup looks amazing. I don’t think I’ve had this kind of soup, but it looks like I’d devour it.

  24. 35

    Soup and grilled cheese is my perfect comfort food meal. This looks fantastic! Hoping this week is a better one for you :)

  25. 37

    I’m glad you took some time to relax…although I have no idea what fruit ninja is! The soup looks marvelous!

  26. 39

    Pasta fagioli is a recipe that is near and dear to my heart in my family. It’s definitely one of my most favorite soups ever! Yours looks so delicious and hearty!

  27. 40

    great looking soup and cute bowls too! I need one of those days this weekend!!!

  28. 41

    My college roommate was Italian and made pasta e fagioli for us all of the time! Thanks for bringing back lovely memories!

  29. 42

    This soup looks Amazing! I love all the noodles and kidney beans that are poking their way through the chicken stock. Okay, now I’m craving soup at 11 in the morning! 😀

  30. 43

    Fruit Ninja, ha! That gave me a giggle! :) Sometimes those days are just necessary. And the soup? Mmmm, looks insanely comforting, and it sounds like you needed just that!

  31. 44

    Beautiful soup Jen! And I love how you think! We don’t need any special reasons to stay in our jammies on a weekend, veg out and pig out! But if those things are comforting enough…this soup certainly is! Your pictures are beautiful as always. I hope you have a better week this week. I’ve been thinking about you! (but now, you’ve got me thinking about those Keebler grahams straight out of the freezer! : )

  32. 46

    Hi Jen,
    This is a hearty, warm and comforting soup. I love dishes like that.

  33. 47

    Yuuuum. Love it. My grandma always made pasta e fagoili and it was one of my favorites.

  34. 48

    Oh, so yummy! If we get another taste of winter, this will be on our menu…..mmmmmmmm.

  35. 49

    This soup sounds great! Pasta and beans, some of my favorite foods!

  36. 50

    My Mom used to make pasta e fagioli! Yours looks so delicious, it would be wonderful with bread to mop it up :)!

  37. 51

    Now that is just comfort in a bowl!
    p.s. I’ve been spending my weekends on the couch watching old movies lately, so I don’t qualify to judge :)

  38. 52

    So glad you’re taking some time off for yourself. That bowl looks irresistible Jen!

  39. 53

    This soup looks wonderful…the perfect comfort food!

  40. 54

    This looks like the perfect thing for today’s dreary London weather

    • 55

      It was kind of dreary this afternoon here as well! Although I quite like a good excuse to be lazy now and then!

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