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White Bean and Pasta Soup

My husband and I savor every spoonful of this hearty soup. It makes a real stick-to-your ribs meal when served with crusty oven-fresh bread.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + standing Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings (3 quarts)


  • 1-1/2 cups dried great northern beans
  • 3/4 pound Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons dried currants
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup uncooked small shell pasta
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  • Sort beans and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
  • In the same pan, cook the sausage, onion, carrot and garlic over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the broth, water, currants, basil and reserved beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until the beans are tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Add tomatoes and pasta; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta is tender. Serve with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 180 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 648mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • stampinjo
    Feb 6, 2014

    This is a great winter soup! I used 1 1/4 lb. Andouille sausage diced, an extra carrot, a bay leaf instead of currants, and everybody thoroughly enjoyed it. The grated Parmesan cheese is a nice touch as well as a drizzle of olive oil.

  • Donna-Do-All
    Apr 21, 2012

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  • Geosdar
    Jan 27, 2012

    Very good recipe, next time I will add hot sausage in it. Husband is a chef and he thought it was a very good recipe.

  • justyouandme20002001
    Jun 27, 2009

    This sounds good...printed it off. I'd proberably add a bay leaf, too. Elizabeth

  • annabanabanana
    Jun 27, 2009

    Really good soup. Perfect when it starts to get colder outside. The only changes I made were to omit the currants (I couldnt find them in my store). I also just used a pound of sausage instead of buying the links and having to remove all the casings. Next time though I will add more pasta and another carrot just to cater to my taste more. I still give this 5 stars because it was still delicious as is.