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Bean Soup with Pasta (Pasta e Fagioli)



  • 5 cups water
  • 8 ounces dried great northern or navy beans (1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped, or 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 medium stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 pound salt pork, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons instant beef bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup uncooked macaroni (shells, bows or elbow macaroni)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat water and beans to boiling in Dutch oven; boil 2 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour.
  3. Add onion, tomato, celery, garlic, salt pork, bouillon, salt and pepper to beans. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours. Do not boil beans as they will burst.
  4. Skim fat if necessary.
  5. Stir macaroni into soup. Cover and simmer until macaroni is tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese.

Yields 5 servings.

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