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Lightened-Up Pasta Fagioli Soup

After trying pasta fagioli at a popular restaurant, I was determined to make it at home, only healthier. It turns out mine was a big hit! Loaded with veggies, it is such a simple way to boost nutrition and fiber at mealtime. —Cindie Kitchin, Grants Pass, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 40 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (2-1/4 quarts)


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cut green beans (1-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni


  • In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook the turkey, onion, celery and carrots over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the water, beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, parsley, bouillon, oregano, basil and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the cabbage, green beans and macaroni; cover and simmer 8-10 minutes longer or until the vegetables and macaroni are tender.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 276 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 379mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 8g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.

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  • ralphhenry45
    Mar 3, 2020

    This soup has become my and my husband's favorite soup! I am getting ready to make it for the fifth time this winter. The only thing I changed was using 3 cups of chicken broth in place of the water, omitting one can of tomato sauce and substituting another half cup of chicken broth, (3 1/2 cups chicken broth total) omitting the green beans and adding two more sliced carrots. I have tried dozens of pasta fagioli recipes over the years, (I'm seventy -one years young) and this is my keeper! Thanks for such a great recipe!

  • harveena
    Dec 30, 2015

    Love this soup! There's just the two of us and this makes enough that I can freeze some.

  • Spooky123
    Dec 17, 2014

    We love this soup!! We have this soup all the time. Thanks for sharing!

  • Snowqueen5
    Jan 3, 2014

    This is a hearty flavorful soup. Will definitely make it again. Saved the recipe as posted.

  • Krumply
    Dec 5, 2013

    Our whole family really loves this soup which makes this recipe five stars for me (my kids are 4 and 7 and we are all rarely on the same page at dinner time). . If you are going to use ground turkey, make sure to use ground turkey breast otherwise the fat content is higher than if you use lean ground beef. I'm not sure why some reviewers think it's bland. The veggies really stand out in this soup. I would highly recommend using fresh green beans over frozen and I always add extra broth b/c the pasta soaks up a lot of the liquid and our family likes it brothy. Top it with parmesan, serve it with bread and yum. Great recipe!

  • TweekyMom
    May 24, 2013

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  • RendiB
    Dec 11, 2012

    I altered this by using ground beef instead of turkey and my family really liked it. Next time I will leave out the frozen green beans, those we hated. Even my picky 8 year old daughter ate this. Will be making again!!!

  • katilady2
    Oct 10, 2012

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  • Terri Hale
    Sep 17, 2012

    I love Pasta Fagioli ever since I tried it at Olive Garden. This is easy to make and has loads of flavor. I make this monthly in cool weather.

  • grafixgirl75
    Mar 27, 2012

    I always make the recipes as directed the first time & then decide if i would alter in the future. This looks like it will be so full of flavor but was very bland. we were trying to add every salt free seasoning we could at the dinner table but couldnt get this dish to have any taste. IF i tried it again i would take everyones advice & use some sausage & a flavored diced tomato. Too bad because it made a lot & looks delicious.