Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli

5 from 9 reviews

This Olive Garden copycat classic is bursting with flavor and hearty goodness from Italian sausage, beans, pasta, Italian herbs and spices. Make this delicious and easy homemade version to enjoy on a cold winter night.


  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can red kidney beans 
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can great northern beans
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup Ditalini pasta
  • Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)


  1. Brown Italian sausage over medium heat in a dutch oven or heavy stockpot.  About halfway through the browning process add onions, carrots and celery.  Once fully browned reduce heat to low.  Add garlic, oregano, marjoram, basil, thyme leaves and onion powder.  Cook for 1 minute; stirring constantly.
  2. Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, fire roasted tomatoes, kidney beans and great northern beans.  Simmer for 10 minutes; stirring several times.
  3. Remove 2/3 cup of hot broth and whisk with tomato paste.  Add it back to the soup and simmer for 5 minutes; stirring several times.
  4. Add pasta and cook until tender; approximately 10 minutes.  If desired serve with 1-2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan Cheese per bowl.


  • Use either mild or hot Italian sausage. The choice is completely up to you and your taste buds.
  • For aesthetic purposes peel your carrots as they are such a beautiful bright orange color when peeled.
  • Drain and rinse your beans to remove any excess salt and starch. This helps improve flavor.
  • Do not overcook the pasta and prepare to eat promptly. The pasta will continue to cook some even after the heat has been turned off.
  • If you know you will be saving some soup for another day remove that amount before you add the pasta.  When you reheat the soup you can simmer it again and add a little bit of pasta.
  • Serve with 1-2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan Cheese on top.

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