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MeMe's Pasta Fagioli

Karyn Osborne

"White cannellini beans, ditalini pasta with vegetables, lean hamburger, and herbs are simmered in vegetable juice and chicken broth. It is like an Italian chili like Olive Garden®'s Pasta Fagioli and even better the second day."
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1 h 5 m servings 299 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; saute carrot, celery, and onion until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir vegetable juice cocktail, chicken broth, parsley, basil, oregano, and black pepper into vegetable mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer soup for 20 minutes.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook ditalini pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.
  4. Stir cannellini beans and ground beef into soup; cook and stir until soup is heated through, about 10 minutes.
  5. Spoon about 1/3 cup pasta into each serving bowl; ladle soup over pasta.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Keep pasta separate from soup for leftovers and combine when reheating.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 299 calories; 10.1 g fat; 33.2 g carbohydrates; 17.9 g protein; 35 mg cholesterol; 566 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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  1. 58 Ratings

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I may be biased but Karyn (Meme) is my mother and this is her recipe. She was a fantastic cook and I grew up on this and other wonderful kitchen creations of hers. Thank you all from the bottom ...

Most helpful critical review

The V8 juice was overpowering. It was gross. This would probably be so much better with regular canned tomatoes and/or sauce.

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I may be biased but Karyn (Meme) is my mother and this is her recipe. She was a fantastic cook and I grew up on this and other wonderful kitchen creations of hers. Thank you all from the bottom ...

I used Spicy V8®, and it definitely ramped up the flavor without being too spicy or overpowering the other ingredients. And I will always use that when making this recipe, too! I'll admit tha...

Wonderful soup and even though I changed a couple things it didn't change the base recipe, which is definitely worth this 5 star rating. I did use Spicy V8 as suggested by others plus I added on...

This soup has the best flavor all on its own. We didn't have the spicyV8-but added a 1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper. Thanks for sharing this family recipe! I'll make a double batch next time-my kid...

We made ahead the day before, then cooked the pasta before serving. All I can say is excellent! Great Job!!!

Just delicious, we loved it. Great flavor. I used low sodium V8, so it did need salt when it was done. I also included more carrots and celery than the recipe, only because that what I normally...

Made it many times~

Love this soup I just made it for the third time. This is a recipe I will continue to enjoy. I used orzo instead of the pasta in the recipe , because I always have it on hand. It tastes a lot li...

First time making this type of soup, and It turned out pretty good. My husband loved it. I only had tomato juice, but still turned out with an extra cup of chicken broth.