Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta and bean soup

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Pasta Italian Style

By Patricia Lousada

Published 1991

  • About

I cannot think of anything I would rather have after a walk on a cold winter’s day. The combination of beans and pasta tastes delicious, and the two foods complement each other well. This soup is a satisfying meal in itself. Serve with wholemeal bread and follow with fruit.


  • 8 oz (225 g) dried kidney or haricot beans
  • 1 oz (


Put the beans in a large bowl, cover with water and leave overnight. Boil for at least 15 minutes the next day, before using.

Heat the fat in a large saucepan and sauté the garlic, onion, carrot, celery, parsley and bacon until softened and the bacon slightly browned; add the tomatoes, stock and boiled and drained beans. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer until the beans are tender - a