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Pasta with Beans {Pasta e Fagioli} with thyme and rosemary. @ Allourway.com
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Pasta e Fagioli with Chicken {Pasta e Fagioli con Pollo}

This is a hearty yet amazingly simple bean, pasta and, tomato soup. It is delicious and nurturing considered by many to be Italian soul food.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: main dish, Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 12
Calories: 182kcal
Author: Marisa Franca @ All Our Way


  • 3 boneless chicken breasts cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • ** 4 sprigs thyme and 1 sprig rosemary tied in cheesecloth
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 3 Tablespoon olive oil - separated or more if needed
  • 2 - 16 oz. cans of Pinto Beans -- entire can plus liquid
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with jalapenos
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Salt and Pepper q b quanto basta to taste
  • 8 oz. dry pasta cooked to just below al dente - we used Orecchiette


  • In large Dutch oven saute chicken in 1 tablespoon each of butter and olive oil until lightly browned. Salt and pepper the meat as its sauteing.
  • Remove the chicken and set it aside in a glass dish.
  • In same pan add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and saute the onions and garlic until translucent being careful not to burn the garlic.
  • Add the tomatoes with jalapenos, the broth, the 3 bay leaves and bundle of herbs. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to a simmer.
  • Add the chicken and continue to simmer for 40 minutes or until the chicken is tender.
  • Meanwhile cook the pasta until just below al dente. It will finish cooking in the soup.
  • When the chicken is tender add the beans and pasta and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Before serving remove the bay leaves and the bundle of herbs.
  • Garnish with grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese.


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 572mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 9.7mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.2mg