This Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli is so hearty and delicious, you won’t miss the meat! This cozy, filling soup is the perfect main dish!

Pasta e Fagioli
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What is Pasta Fagioli?

Pasta e Fagioli, pronounced as “pasta eh fah-joh-lee,” is a traditional Italian soup that boasts a rich history and an irresistible combination of flavors and textures. Translating to “pasta and beans” in English, this hearty and comforting dish has been a staple of Italian cuisine for generations, celebrated for its simplicity, nourishing qualities, and delicious taste.

The flavorful broth begins with a sauté of aromatic vegetables, including onions, celery, and carrots, which lend their natural sweetness and depth to the soup. The addition of tomato paste, contributes a savory taste, enriching the broth with delightful flavor. The real trick to this dish is blending cannellini beans into the broth.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Onions: Diced onions add a sweet and savory base to the soup, enhancing its overall taste.
  • Carrots: Diced carrots contribute natural sweetness and add a vibrant color to the soup.
  • Celery: Diced celery provides a mild, earthy flavor and adds texture to the soup.
  • Cannellini beans: The beans are the heart of the Pasta e Fagioli soup, providing creaminess in the broth as well as protein and fiber to make this soup satisfying. You can substitute with white navy beans, if desired.
  • Tomato paste: Tomato paste adds a rich, umami flavor. Do not substitute for tomato sauce, as tomato paste has much more concentrated flavor.
  • Garlic: Garlic infuses the soup with aromatic and savory notes. If you don’t have fresh garlic you can substitute with garlic powder.
  • Red pepper flakes: If you enjoy a bit of heat, red pepper flakes can be added to provide a subtle kick to the soup.
  • Oregano: Oregano is a traditional Italian herb that brings a Mediterranean flavor to the soup.
  • Vegetable broth: Vegetable broth adds depth and flavor to the soup. I like the “not-chicken” style broth from Edward & Sons.
  • Ditalini pasta: The pasta adds heartiness to the soup and gives it a comforting texture. You can substitute with orzo, or other small pasta.
  • Parmesan cheese: Grated Parmesan cheese adds a creamy and nutty flavor to the soup, enriching its taste. For a vegan version, you can use a plant-based Parmesan substitute or simply omit the cheese

Is pasta e fagioli vegetarian?

Pasta e Fagioli is usually vegetarian friendly although some versions contain pancetta or bacon. The name “Pasta e Fagioli” translates to “pasta and beans,” meaning it typically consists of pasta, beans, and vegetables. Obviously, I kept this version vegetarian and it can easily be made vegan. To keep it vegan, simply skip the Parmesan cheese at the end!

How to Make Pasta e Fagioli