Pasta Fagioli

  • Yield: 4 servings


1pound ground pork
1small onion, chopped
1small garlic clove, minced
2cups chicken broth
1can (16 ounce) white beans, navy beans or Great Northern beans
1can (14 ounce) Italian-style chopped tomatoes
1/2cup small pasta shells or macaroni
1/4cup sherry or white wine
1/2teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
1/2teaspoon black pepper
1/4teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4teaspoon salt


  1. Brown the ground pork in a large saucepan, stirring until crumbly; drain.
  2. Stir in the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is tender.
  3. Add the broth, beans, tomatoes, pasta, sherry, fennel seeds, black pepper, red pepper and salt and mix well.
  4. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until the pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. Ladle into soup bowls and serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Sarasota, Simply Sarasota, Creative Casual Cuisine (the Junior League of Sarasota 2007)