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cup of pasta razool

Pasta e fagioli, meaning “pasta and beans”, is a traditional Italian soup. It is often called pasta fasul in the United States, derived from its Neapolitan name, pasta e fasule. Like many other Italian favorites, including pizza and polenta, it started as a peasant dish, being composed of inexpensive ingredients. 

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Pasta Fazool (Pasta e Fagioli) Lunch

This pasta fazool soup started as a quick lunch soup. Then, I remembered that I had leftover taco meat.

Because I added the taco meat, I switched my cheese to a Taco Blend.

I use a can of mixed vegetables, which usually has green beans and lima beans. If you want another bean variety, add your favorite can to the mix.

If you don’t choose to use taco meat in your soup, I recommend an Italian Blend of cheese or Parmesan topping.

The Pasta Fazool Recipe

pasta fazool pin
pasta fazool pin

Pasta Fazool (Pasta e Fagioli) with Taco Meat or Not

Pasta Fazool is an Italian soup with beans and pasta.  Some cooks prepare it plain or with sausage.  Since we had some leftover taco meat, my soup took on a Mexican flare. With or without meat, this soup makes a great lunch or dinner appetizer. This recipe yields about 4 cups of soup.
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Total Time 20 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 cups

Equipment

pasta cooker or colander
medium saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • Can of mixed vegetables drained
  • 1/2 cup of Creamette Ready Cut Spaghetti or other small pasta
  • Can of Hunt’s Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes 14.5 oz
  • Vegetable or chicken broth or stock-maybe 1/2 cup-Just used to keep pasta covered with liquid.
  • 1 cup of prepared taco meat or sausage
  • A small amount of either Mexican Taco, or Italian Blend shredded cheese for topping.

Instructions
 

  •  Cook pasta according to box directions.  1/2 cup of dry pasta is ample for this pot of soup.  Set aside
  • Heat tomatoes and vegetables in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until boiling.
  • If using meat, add the prepared meat now and blend.
    adding meat to pasta fazool
  • Add the pasta and stir the soup until well blended.
    adding pasta to pasta fazool
  • If needed, add the broth/stock to the mixture to ensure that the pasta is covered and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Serve with shredded cheese on top.

Notes

I added about a teaspoon of sugar to my soup.  (I always add sugar to chili, too).
I use a can of mixed vegetables which usually has green beans and lima beans. If you want another bean variety, just add your favorite can to the mix.
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