Pasta Fagioli

Source: Modified from a recipe at Eating Well

Serving size: 1 1/2 cups

Servings per recipe: 5

This nutritious soup is a great way to add in some seasonal vegetables while also getting some delicious whole grains!

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  • 4 cloves garlic or 4 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 tablespoon basil
  • 1 14.5 lunch can low sodium beef, vegetable, or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pasta, any shape
  • 2 15.5 ounce cans small white northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 6 oz chopped spinach, fresh or frozen
  • 1 14.5 ounce can peeled and diced tomatoes or 2 cups fresh
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste


Large saucepan, stirring spoon, can opener, small knife


1. Peel and mince the garlic, if using fresh garlic.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and basil, and

cook until you can smell the garlic, about 10 seconds.

3. Add the broth and bring to a simmer.

4. Then add the pasta, cover the pan and cook over low heat for 5 minutes.

5. Add the beans, spinach and tomatoes, cover, and cook until the pasta is very tender and

desired amount of the liquid has evaporated, 10 to 25 minutes. (The soup can be quite

thick at the end.)

6. Serve it while it is still very hot; pass the cheese on the side.

More About Heirloom Tomatoes

How to Select

Choose tomatoes with bright, shiny skins and firm flesh.

How to Store

Store at room temperature away from direct sunlight, for use within 1 week after ripe. Tomatoes taste best if not refrigerated; refrigerate only if you can’t use them before they spoil. Freeze or can for later use.

How to Prepare

Rinse in cold water. Chop or slice. Eat raw: Add to salads, sandwiches, and fresh sauces. Eat cooked: Steam, microwave, boil, sauté, stir-fry, roast, grill, braise, or simmer. Add to casseroles, soups, and stews. Make colorful salsas, serve fresh with basil, vinegar, and mozzarella cheese. Dice and mix with olive oil and spices for no-cook sauce.