Wednesday, March 9, 2011

National Nutrition Month: Pasta Fagioli Soup

March is National Nutrition Month, and since this year's theme is "Eat Right With Color," I've decided that I'll be blogging weekly {colorful} recipes that the hub's and I are currently enjoying.

This past week, we tried a new recipe for Pasta Fagioli soup from Taste of Home. I love the Pasta Fagioli soup from Olive Garden, so I couldn't wait to try my hand at making my own! 

I adapted it a bit to fit our tastes, and to make it a bit more healthy and colorful, and the outcome was magnificent! 

Just look at all that color . . . 

We opted to make this soup vegetarian, but you could definitely throw in some turkey, chicken, beef or sausage (like the original recipe called for). If you're looking for a hearty, veggie-filled soup, then this just might fit the bill.

Pasta Fagioli Soup -- Adapted from Taste of Home

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 c. water (or more,  if you like it more soup-y and less thick)
  • 1 can great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can diced Italian style tomatoes, undrained
  • 14 ounces chicken broth (we used homemade, using a new method we just discovered, and it was so yummy! When I remember what link I got it from, I'll be sure to share :)
  • 3/4 c. macaroni noodles
  • frozen carrots, frozen green beans, or any other veggies you want to throw in!
  1. In a large stock pan, drizzle your olive oil and saute your onion and garlic until the onion is tender. 
  2. Add water, beans, tomatoes, broth, other veggies, macaroni. Bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered 8-10 minutes or until noodles are tender. 
  3. Top with Parmesan cheese, if desired.



  1. You know I'm going to have to try this! Right up my alley! It looks sooo tasty. =]

  2. Thanks for the recipe, since it's Ash Wednesday today, and I don't eat meat on Fridays for Lent, this is one I will try!

  3. wow! so hearty and delicious!

    what is the weather like where you are?

  4. Looks yummy - it looks cheerful with all that color!

  5. @claire - it's temperamental! One day it's sunny and in the 40s and the next it's snowy and in the 20s. :)

  6. That's gorgeous! I love the color!


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