5 Pasta e Fagioli Recipes That Put a Twist on This Traditional Italian Soup

Italian food is famous for its perfected simplicity. Take a few fresh ingredients—like, say, tomatoes, basil, and parmesan cheese—and it's possible to create an incredible meal that's as delicious as it is filling. That mindset is exemplified in Pasta e Fagioli a traditional Italian soup that translates to pasta and beans. What was once a cornerstone of a peasant diet is now a ubiquitous feast with many different interpretations, ranging from the type of stock used to the size and shape of the noodles. The one requirement that ties all Pasta e Fagioli recipes together is that they must have the two namesake ingredients, making for an uncomplicated but impactful duo.

We gathered five takes on pasta e fagioli, which range from a straightforward interpretation to more liberal creations (and even one, we admit, takes the interpretation to its limit). Nevertheless, if you fill up a bowl with pasta and beans alongside items like sautéed mushrooms, chopped onions, minced garlic, and herbs, you'll still get at the crux of Italian cooking. All it takes is one flavorful spoonful from a handful of ingredients to succeed at this simplicity, and better yet, to feel comforted by its incredible taste.