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Pasta Fagioli Soup Mix

This meatless soup is both economical and flavorful. Church groups could buy the ingredients in bulk and assemble mixes to give to shut-ins.—Tamra Duncan, Lincoln, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + soaking Cook: 1-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    14 servings (3-1/2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup small pasta shells
  • 3/4 cup dried great northern beans
  • 3/4 cup dried pinto beans
  • 3/4 cup dried kidney beans
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS:
  • 14 cups water, divided
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  • Place pasta in a small resealable plastic bag; place in a 1-qt. glass jar. Layer with beans. Place seasonings in another plastic bag; place in jar. Cover and store in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months. Yield: 1 batch.
  • To prepare soup: Remove seasoning packet from jar. Remove beans; sort and rinse. Set pasta aside.
  • Place beans in a Dutch oven; add 6 cups water. Bring to a boil; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 to 4 hours or until beans are softened. Drain and discard liquid.
  • Return beans to the pan. Add contents of seasoning packet and remaining water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1 hour or until beans are tender. Add tomatoes, carrots, celery and salt; cover and simmer 30 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in pasta. Cover and simmer 5-10 minutes or until pasta and carrots are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf before serving. Garnish with cheese if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 148 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 7g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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