Hearty Pasta Fagioli Soup, Sandy's

Megan Stewart


This one is my mother in law's recipe, and my hubby has always loved the soup when we eat out at Italian restaurants, so of course I had to have the recipe and she nicely shared...I altered it to help avoid too much sugar. My version in notes.


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2-4, makes 7 1/2 quarts
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  • 2 lb
  • 6
    14 1/2 oz cans beef broth
  • 2
    28 oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2
    26 oz jars spghetti sauce
  • 3 large
    onions, chopped (she omits)
  • 8
    celery ribs, diced
  • 3 medium
    carrots, sliced
  • 2 c
    canned cannellini beans,rinsed and drained
  • 3 Tbsp
    minced fresh oregano or 1 t dried
  • 2 1/2 tsp
  • 2 c
    canned kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    hot pepper sauce (she omits)
  • 8 oz
    uncooked medium pasta shells
  • 5 tsp
    minced fresh parsley

How to Make Hearty Pasta Fagioli Soup, Sandy's


  1. In large stockpot cook beef over med heat until no longer pink, drain and rinse with hot water. Add broth, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, onions, celery, carrots, beans, oregano, pepper and pepper sauce. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, simmer covered 30 min. Add pasta and parsley, simmer covered 10-14 min or until pasta is tender.
  2. NOTES: my version to avoid spaghetti sauce...
    48 oz beef broth plus 32 oz beef broth
    5 cans Italian style petite diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano (got at walmart), 14 1/2 ounces each
    46 ounce tomato juice
    Two 15.5 ounce cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    Two 15.5 ounce light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    5 pounds hamburger
    16 ounces small shells (walmart)
    5 stalks celery
    2 pound bag carrots
    4 small/medium purple onions
  3. Directions for my version:
    I cooked on low, uncovered, 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Then I put uncooked pasta in, covered the stockpot but not all the way so steam could escap, stirring a couple times. 30 minutes later, the pasta was done.

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About Hearty Pasta Fagioli Soup, Sandy's

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Italian

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