Italian Pasta and Beans (Pasta Faggioli)

"A totally vegetarian, healthy dish that is delicious and comforting. Loaded with fiber, low in fat and calories...healthy doesn't get much better than this! Serve with crusty Italian or French bread :)"
photo by Dawn F. photo by Dawn F.
photo by Dawn F.
Ready In:
8 cups




  • Cook pasta as box instructs, in boiling salted water.
  • While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until hot.
  • Add onion, carrot and celery and cook for 15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Add garlic and cook one minute more.
  • Add beans, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and water and heat to boiling over high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low-med heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes.
  • Stir in drained pasta, cheese and parsley and cook until heated through.

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  1. This was so easy and so delicious. It is exactly what I was looking for. My family loved it and can't wait until I make it again. Great recipe Karen!!!:)))
  2. Hey Karen--this is great! Easy and fast to throw together. I used tubettini noodles, love those! and realized I didn't have any celery, so I tossed in some celery seed. Also tossed in a bit of italian seasoning. We loved it. Served with garlic bread on the side. Thanks for another easy, delicious recipe!
  3. This is a delicious, healthy,and high fiber dish. Easy to prepare and I served it with French bread. I added a tsp. of oregano, and it gave it that Italian flavor. May try tsp. of Italian seasonings next time.
  4. yum! we will eat this again, and it was sooo fast! and easy! did i mention yummy?
  5. Excellent! I always make my mom's recipe, but thought I'd try a new one. This is wonderful!


  1. This was delicious and just perfect for what I had in mind. I substituted Great Northern beans for the cannellini beans because thats what I had in my cupboard. I also boiled the elbow macaroni in vegetable boullion. Also, with the addition of salt and pepper I added a tablespoon of Italian seasonings. And after the first 15 minutes of simmering I added a mixture of 2 tablespoons of corn starch and a tablespoon of water to thicken the sauce a little. I know it sounds like I completely changed the recipe, but it really was delicious. Thanks so much for sharing Karen!
  2. Very easy and healthy. Dianne, perhaps it was too salty b/c you subbed the chicken stock for the water. I was tempted to do the same thing, but used water and it came out fine. In fact, I added a bit of garlic salt, as well as some Italian seasoning b/c it did need a little bit of flavor. Also, b/c I had some time to let it simmer a little longer, I skipped the first step and went straight to the browning. Then once I got everything simmering, I threw in the pasta and let it all cook together. One less pot and step and no having to wash the strainer--I hate that! Also, didn't have elbow macaroni, but I did have leftover lasagna noodles, so I just crumbled those up into bite size pieces and it turned out great!
  3. Karen geat recipe. I did make some changes like addings 1/4 head cabbage and using chicken stock instead of the water. But it was a bit salty for me so when I make it again I will either cot out the salt or the cheese. But overall a great recipe.
  4. Delicious and sooo easy -- perfect for a busy week night supper when you want something hot and fast! I didn't have any celery so I used 2 carrots instead, a large can of tomatoes instead of the small can indicated and the whole box of macaroni (12 oz) without any problems. We served these with Herb Biscuits recipe#68959 for a scrumptious easy-to-put-together weeknight meal. Thanks Karen for sharing this wonderful pasta dish. This will be a regular at our house!


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