Pasta “e-z” Fagioli

This is a comforting soup that is nourishing and tasty. It makes a good amount for leftovers too.

The Soup Diva

  • 1 cup pancetta or bacon, diced*
  • 2 carrots, diced*
  • 2 stalks celery, diced*
  • 1 small onion, diced*
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 can white beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 medium can tomato sauce
  • 1 medium can diced tomatoes (with Italians seasonings if available)
  • 1 1/2 cups small pasta (ditalini is traditional)
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
  • Italian parsley and grated or shaved Parmesan to garnish
Put pancetta, diced vegetables, garlic, salt, and black pepper in large crock pot on high for 1-2 hours; then add all ingredients except pasta and reduce heat to low. (If you are in a hurry, you can cook the meat and veggies on the stove, then put in the crock with all the other ingredients.) Cook an additional 5-6 hours, then add pasta and turn heat to warm or off (test…

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