Pasta e Fagioli Soup – A Copycat Favorite

Pasta Fagioli Soup

With Fall quickly approaching, soups and stews are on the horizon in this humble house of mine.  Gearing up for comfort food, this Pasta e Fagioli Soup, a Copycat Favorite of ours has me grinning silly!

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Although it doesn’t take too long to make, your family will think you’ve been slaving over a hot stove all day! But that’ll be our little secret if you wish.  The best thing about this Pasta e Fagioli Soup is it’s heartiness!  With or without bread sticks, this soup will hold it’s own just fine, you’ll see.

Useful Tips

In my opinion, the key to stress free cooking, is having all the ingredients measured out and prepared before you start the cooking process.  Once you get that done and out of the way, you can focus your attention to the cooking steps without overwhelming yourself.  So when it’s time to add the next ingredient, it’s already chopped and measured out for you.

Another key to avoid becoming overwhelmed when making dinner, is to clean up as you go along.  If there’s an extra set of hands available to clean and wash dishes as you dirty them, fantastic.  But if you don’t, take time after measuring and chopping up things to wash the dishes you’ve used before the cooking process begins.

When possible, use one plate (or bowl) to place all your cut veggies on.  Place them next to each other if they’ll be cooked in different stages.  If they’re all going in at the same time, just pile them on top of the next.  Same thing with the spices.  This will cut down on the amount of dishes you have to wash up in the long run.

Getting Started

Now that everything is prepped and you’ve got your bottle glass of wine on the counter within reach, let’s get this soupy soup going!  In a deep dutch oven pot, heat oil and begin browning and crumbling the sausage as it cooks.  A NOTE about the sausage, it has a very thin and clear casing that needs to be removed prior to cooking it.  Just take a small paring knife and make a slice alongside each link and peel it away.

When sausage is done, scoop it out and place it in a bowl, leaving as much of the oil in the pan as possible.  If there’s not much left, add one additional tablespoon of oil to the pan.  Add the onions, celery and carrots.  Saute until the onion is translucent, approximately 5 minutes.  Add garlic and spices, continue stirring.  I must say, this smells uh-mazing!!

Pasta Fagioli Soup


It’s time to add the broth, tomatoes, sauce, beans, sausage and bay leaf.  Get that simmering and in the mean time, start the pasta.  Just a few more minutes and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a fancy restaurant…for real, y’all!

Now, if you’re anything like me, a side of crusty bread is needed and this one right here is great beside this Fagioli Soup, plus it’s really super easy to make, too.  If you don’t have the ingredients to make it, don’t fret.  All these veggies, beans and pasta bits are perfectly great on their own…as is, so don’t sweat it.

Pasta Fagioli Soup

This might be an unusual question but, am I the only one who thinks these little tubes of Ditalini Pasta are adorable!?  Because they totally ARE!!!  To prevent them from getting mushy or overcooked, it’s best to cook these on their own.  To help boost the flavor, add a cube of this Knorr Tomato Bouillon when cooking the pasta.

Pasta Fagioli Soup

Here’s something I wanted to share with you guys.  Hearty soups require deep bowls to hold all that wonderful goodness and I scored us a nice set! I fell for this set of Ceramic Textured Bowls over at my local Sam’s Club. That honey comb bowl is my favorite one of the set!  They also happen to be the perfect size and depth for that late night cereal snack before bed…just in case you were wondering 😉

Sam's Soup Bowls

Pasta e Fagioli Soup


Pasta e Fagioli Soup - Copycat
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Wonderfully hearty copycat soup full of goodness that will warm you right up!  Why go out for it when it's easy to make and tastes much better!

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 6
Author: Cori
  • 19 oz Mild Sausage, Johnsonville (1 package)
  • 2-3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Matchstick Carrots, rough chopped
  • 1/2 med Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 stalk Celery, diced
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp Basil, dried
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme, dried
  • 1 quart Chicken Broth
  • 16 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 15 oz Diced Tomatoes (Petite)
  • 15 oz Kidney Beans drained, rinsed
  • 15 oz Great Northern Bean drained, rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 cup Ditalini Pasta
  • 1 cube Tomato Bouillon
  1. Chop veggies, measure out ingredients, drain and rinse beans.  Set aside.

  2. Remove casing from sausages.  Heat oil in large dutch oven (cooking pot).  Add sausage, salt and pepper and begin crumbling it as it browns and cooks, approximately 5 minutes.  Scoop sausage out with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate, leaving remaining oil in pot. 

  3. Add onion, garlic, celery and carrots.  Stir and saute for 5 minutes.  Add basil, oregano, thyme and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

  4. Add broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, sausage and both beans and bay leaf.  Simmer for approximately 15 minutes.  

  5. While the soup simmers, add tomato bouillon cube to a small pot of water and bring to a boil.  Add pasta and cook according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.

  6. When soup is ready, add pasta, stir gently.  Devour! 

49 responses to “Pasta e Fagioli Soup – A Copycat Favorite”

  1. Lifestyle Hunter says:

    The soup looks delicious!! thanks for the detailed explanation, can’t wait to prepare it! 😀

  2. Lauren says:

    Yum! That looks amazing. I’m going to add it to my fall recipes to try.

  3. Ahh I’m saving this now! Cannot wait for cooler weather to enjoy!

  4. Amy Blake says:

    Wow! Thant looks amazing!

  5. Looks super yummy! I definitely want to try this out.

    Bree / http://www.theurbanumbrella.com

  6. Ophelia T says:

    This soup sounds and look delicious. I want to make it asap. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Eric Gamble says:

    Not gonna lie I still giggle like a 7 year old boy when I say the words: Pasta e Fagioli! Sorry about that. I love the way it looks and this would look great to eat on a cold night anywhere, though I am not looking forward to the cold weather!

    • Cori says:

      Hahaha, that’s totally okay, Eric! It is a funny term but such a crazy good dish and it would be perfect esp on a cold night no matter where you live 😉

  8. Carolann says:

    We love Pasta e Fagioli Soup and I always make it but i never used meat in it before. This looks like a nice hearty version! I pinned it for sure and am going to have to try it. I know my husband is going to love it! Thanks so much for sharing. It truly looks delish!

    • Cori says:

      Thank you Carolann! I never actually thought about it being meatless but that sounds like a wonderful idea for Meatless Monday’s! or even for my friend who is a vegetarian 😉

  9. I’m not really a soup fan since they never fill me up but this looks hearty enough for me to try when the weather gets cooler.

    • Cori says:

      Hahaha, that’s what I usually say when we go to the restaurant but yes, this one is extra hearty because I added more sausage than you’d normally get 😉

  10. ohmummymia says:

    looking good:) anther idea for dinner:) which I need to try out

  11. This soup looks so delicious! xo, Suzanne ~ http://www.suzannespiegoski.com

  12. Ophelia T says:

    This pasta soup looks and sounds so delicious. I hope I can make it asap.

  13. Danielle says:

    I could have this on a chilly winter night 🙂

  14. Shell says:

    I’ve never had this before but it looks so delicious! I will definitely be trying this recipe on my family!

  15. Chei Pangan says:

    This soup looks so delicious! It is a perfect soup for winter nights. I will try it soon.

  16. This soup looks SO YUMMY! I would pick out the tomato chunks, lol, but I’d totally devour this soup! 🙂

  17. Lucy says:

    Hi, Cori. I’ll definitely add this soup to the fall weather meal list. It looks amazing and very filling. And I also loved your bowls as well.

  18. gloriagordon says:

    This looks and sounds so yummy! I’m freezing over here so a great and yummy bowl of soup can totally make my day 🙂

    • Cori says:

      Aww, thank you so very much, Gloria 😉 Then it’d be a nice bowl of warm comfort! Where are you at, if you don’t mind my asking? Our temps were in the 50’s/60’s last week but we’re back to 80’s/90’s :/

  19. sassi479 says:

    Yum!!! This looks delicious! I’ll definitely add this recipe to my “box” and would like to try it! Thank you for sharing!

  20. We love a good hearty soup, especially with it’s raining or it’s just plain cold. It helps when you can easily find the ingredients in your pantry and whatnot. We get a little out of whack when we have to go out and buy the ingredients. By the time we get around to cooking, we’re stressed and hardly eager to make the meal.

    • Cori says:

      Oh I completely agree with you. I know I tend to want to put it off altogether after running around getting ingredients. Usually, I try to keep some of the basics already stocked in my pantry to avoid unnecessary trips to the grocery store during the colder days and my spices are staples to keep on hand all year round so that helps. I hope this soup is something you’ll be able to make and get the ingredients for without too much fuss though, sweetie 😉

  21. I love soups and especially in the fall when it’s cooler outside. This sounds yummy, I’ll have to make it!

  22. Alison Steck says:

    This looks delicious!! And those bowls are soo cute!

  23. This soup looks delicious! Perfectly hearty for the cold months!


    Berniedette | PetiteAndToned.com

  24. Marya says:

    Omg, it does look delicious.. I always adore the foodie’s skill of taking the pictures of their food. I’ve never taken any good pic of the food I eat no matter how well it represents or delicious it is in real life. ?

    • Cori says:

      Thank you Marya, I appreciate your thoughtful words. It’s not easy taking pictures of food, that’s for sure. Most often, it has to do with lighting and angles and every time I make something, I end up taking a ton of photos, lol. Plus, cooking dinner is harder because most of the natural light has faded :/ I jokingly tell my hubby I’ll be starting dinner at noon just to get good pictures, lol 😉 (but really, I’ve done that)

  25. Gillie says:

    I love soup. This one loos delicious. I appreciate your prep advice. I find it so much easier to have all the veg done and everything measured before I start cooking

    • Cori says:

      You’re so very welcomed, Gillie! I don’t know if it’s just me but I think it helps the cooking process go by a lot faster once everything is measured and prepped. Thank you for stopping by 😉

  26. Yummy soups rule and more when it is so cold. Believe it or not in Florida we have been below 40 degrees. Really crazy. Need a bowl of that soup now =)

    • Cori says:

      Thank you Adriana! It’s a must have on cold days, that’s for sure. We live in deep south Texas and it’s been ridiculously colder this season. My hubby and I will be going to Florida in just under two weeks and hope the coldness dissipates before then, lol. Stay warm sweetie 😉

  27. This recipe looks so darn good. I would finish a couple bowls and still want more. Great job

    -Dee || https://mydeedeesdiary.com

  28. Looks so good! I need to try these recipes!

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