Beans and Pasta (Fagioli e Pasta)

  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 60m
  • Ready In : 1:20 h
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

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  • Serving Size

    13 oz. (375g)

For many Americans Beans and Pasta (Fagioli e Pasta or Pasta Fagoli) is a bean and macaroni soup.

For Southern Italians Beans and Pasta is a hearty mixture of cooked beans, elbow macaroni, and tomato sauce. The sauce can have meat or be meatless for a vegetarian version.

Whether you call it pasta e fagioli, fagioli e pasta, or the dialect pasta fazool this simple recipe is a healthy, higher fiber meal. You can make it even healthier by substituting whole wheat macaroni for white macaroni.

Nutrition values and serving size were reduced to 13-ounces on  6-1-2014. Video serving size is 16 oz.

Cook’s Tip

You can cut dried bean cooking time in up to 75% using a pressure cooker.

Related Recipe

20 Minute Pasta & Beans



  • 1 lb. (450 g) dry navy or great northern beans
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
  • 1-2 fresh or dry bay leaves
  • 5 to 6 cups (1200-1400 ml) water
  • 8 oz. (225 g) elbow macaroni or other small pasta
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) kosher salt for cooking pasta (optional)
  • 2 cups (500 ml) meat or meatless sauce (click for meat sauce recipe)

Method of Preparation

Step 1

Place dried beans in a medium bowl and cover with 1 to 2 inches of cold water. Soak overnight. Discard any floaters or loose skins.

Step 2

Prepare tomato sauce with or without meat or use your favorite prepared tomato sauce.

Step 3

In a 3 to 4 qt/L pan combine, soaked beans, salt bay leaves, and water. Bring to a boil, partially cover pan, reduce heat and simmer 1.5 to 2 hours or until beans are tender.

Step 4

About 15 minutes before the beans are done, bring at least 2 quarts of water to a rapid boil, add salt if desired, and cook pasta until al dente per manufactures recommended cooking time.

Step 5

Drain the cooked beans and transfer to a large serving bowl. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Drain and add the cooked pasta to the beans. Add 2 cups of sauce or to taste. Stir to combine and serve.