Go Back

Pasta e Fagioli

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Italian Inspired
Keyword copycat-pasta-e-fagioli, pasta-e-fagioli-soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Calories 344kcal


  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 4 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 15 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can dark kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoon balsamic or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 medium bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar optional
  • 2 teaspoon dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups cooked ditalini pasta
  • fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese for garnishing


  • Heat olive oil over medium high in a 6 quart Dutch oven or large soup pot. Add Italian sausage and ground beef. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until no pink remains. Remove to a platter using a slotted spoon. Reserve 3 tablespoon drippings in pot.
  • To the drippings, add carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Let vegetables simmer over medium heat until tender and beginning to brown, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add in tomato sauce, vegetable broth, beef broth, canned diced tomatoes, kidney beans, cannellini beans, Italian sausage, ground beef, vinegar, bay leaves, sugar, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Let the soup simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove bay leaves and add cooked ditalini pasta. Mix well and simmer on low for 10 minutes.
  • Serve garnished with parsley and fresh parmesan cheese.


  • If you prefer, you can use all vegetable broth or all beef broth. Using the combination, balances the flavors. 
  • It's best to slightly undercook the pasta initially so that it doesn't become too soft when adding to the soup. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 985mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4188IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg