White Bean and Pasta Soup With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Total Time
1hr 55mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

I have been making this recipe for so many years I cannot remember where it came from, but it is my favorite soup in the winter. It is delicious and my entire family loves it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak beans overnight in enough water to cover by 3 inches.
  2. Heat oil in a large heavy soup pot over medium heat.
  3. Add onions, carrots, fennel, garlic, pepper flakes and bay leaves.
  4. Cover and cook until onions are tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  5. Add beans and 7 cups stock.
  6. Increase heat and bring to boil.
  7. Reduce heat, cover partially and simmer until beans are tender, about 1 hour, 15 minutes.
  8. (Can be made one day ahead and cover and refrigerate at this point).
  9. Bring to a simmer before continuing.
  10. Add pasta and tomatoes to soup.
  11. Cover partially and simmer until beans and pasta are very tender, adding up to 1 cup stock if too thick, about 15 minutes.
  12. Add parsley.
  13. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt.
  14. Discard bay leaves.
  15. Ladle soup into bowls.
  16. Serve, passing cheese seperately.


Most Helpful

I added 1 1/2 cups of diced tasso but you could use pancetta or even ham or bacon. It gave it a richness of flavor. I also recommend getting a good parmasan cheese like regianno, not the already grated kind. We loved it! This will become one of my staple winter soups.

Becky November 19, 2001

I substitute whole wheat bow tie pasta to increase fiber. This is delicious.

Cheri October 30, 2001

This is the most wonderful soup that we've had in a long while. It's so flavorful. I add a little smoked bacon to it. I gave it to several people and the comments were the same. You have a winner here! Happyclip

Happyclip1 December 03, 2001

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