A yummy and easy beans and pasta winter soup. I tend to substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth in many recipes, but in this one homemade chicken broth really makes a difference.
The pasta will not store well in the soup. If you don't plan to eat it all right away finish the recipe just until you add the pasta and cook that when you're ready to serve.
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