Pasta e Fagioli with Pancetta (Video)

One of our favorite soups is Pasta e Fagioli.  While I enjoy the Olive Garden version, this is my version I came up with after having the most delectable bowl of soup at a local restaurant.  I could not find any recipe that was comparable.

I kept searching, to no avail, and I decided to come up with my own.  The difference that I wanted was a thicker and creamier texture, and also a bit of smokiness.  Hence, the pancetta!  I hope you’ll give this recipe a try, and let me know what you think.

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Let’s jump right in!!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups carrots, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 sweet onion, finely diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • One (28-ounce) can San Marzano tomatoes
  • 4 (14.5-oz) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 64-ounces chicken stock
  • One rind from Pecorino Romano (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8-ounces ditalini pasta, uncooked
  • 1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, julienned

Instructions

Chop carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Roll basil together, and cut using kitchen shears.  Grate Cheese to make one cup.

Place oil in large stock pot over medium heat.  Add diced pancetta, cooking 5 minutes, or until golden. Add carrots, celery and onion, cooking until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic, cook one minute more, or until fragrant.

Add in red pepper flakes, tomatoes, beans, broth and rind, if using.  Season with salt and pepper, stir to combine.  Bring to a simmer, cook 10 minutes.  Use immersion blender to blend some, not all, of the soup.  Add in ditalini pasta, and cook an additional 10 minutes more.

Remove from heat, and add in cheese and fresh basil, stir to incorporate.  Remove rind.

Serve immediately with more cheese and basil on the side.

That’s it!  I hope that you’ll give it a try, and please let me know what you think.  Please let me know if you give this a try by dropping a comment and photo below. Let’s make great food together!

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Pasta e Fagioli with Pancetta

Thick and creamy, this homemade Pasta e Fagioli is full of flavor and has a bit of pancetta to make this a hearty soup you’ll want to make again and again!   
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Servings 16 servings
Calories 77 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups carrots, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 oz diced pancetta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 28 oz can San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 4 (14.5-oz) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 64 oz chicken stock
  • 1 rind Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, julienned

Instructions
 

  • Chop carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Roll basil together, and cut using kitchen shears.  Grate Cheese to make one cup.
  • Place oil in large stock pot over medium heat.  Add diced pancetta, cook for about 5 minutes, or until golden. Add carrots, celery and onion, cooking until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cook one minute more, or until fragrant.
  • Add in red pepper flakes, tomatoes, beans, broth and rind, if using.  Season with salt and pepper,stir to combine.  Bring to a simmer, cook10 minutes. 
  • Use immersion blender to blend some, not all, of the soup.  Add in ditalini pasta, and cook an additional 10 minutes more.
  • Remove from heat, and add in cheese and fresh basil, stir to incorporate.  Remove rind.
  • Serve immediately with more cheese and basil on the side.

Notes

To Freeze – Store in glass or other freezer-safe container for up to three months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1245gCalories: 77kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 247mgPotassium: 350mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2840IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Keyword pasta and bean soup, pasta e fagioli, soup
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