Warm and Satisfying Pasta e Fagioli with Chicken

Pasta with Beans

Pasta e Fagioli is a classic Italian rustic soup that combines creamy beans and pasta in a flavorful broth seasoned with chicken. This heartwarming dish has gained popularity throughout Italy, as it offers a delicious and nurturing experience with every sip.

To recreate this comforting recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Onion
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Pinto beans
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chicken broth
  • Bay leaves
  • Pasta
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Pasta e Fagioli: An Italian Soul Food

In the world of Italian cuisine, Pasta e Fagioli holds a special place as the ultimate comfort food. This soup, also known as “pasta e fasoi” in the Venetian dialect, was a favorite minestra (soup) in my mamma’s kitchen.

There are three main regional variations of Pasta e Fagioli: the Venetian style, the Roman style, and the Neapolitan style. My mamma prepared it the Venetian way, and so I grew up knowing beans as “fasoi.”

In our household, soups, or “minestra,” were a staple. Meat was expensive, so a large pot of soup would stretch a chicken or a piece of meat, feeding us for days. Mamma’s soups were not only nourishing but also bursting with flavor, despite her simple ingredients and recipes that resided solely in her head.

Pasta with Bean Soup: Italian Rustic Cuisine

Mamma loved making Pasta e Fagioli because it reminded her of Italy. She always used to say that it was one of Sophia Loren’s favorite dishes. Sophia, a proud Italian, remained true to her roots and was never afraid to express her opinions, especially when it came to ingredients.

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Our version of Pasta e Fagioli leans more toward the Venetian style, prepared lovingly by “All Our Way.” We added chicken, springs of thyme and rosemary for added depth of flavor. And, for a touch of spice, we included diced tomatoes with jalapeños.

We invite you to try this authentic Italian bean soup recipe. We are confident you’ll absolutely love it. This brothy soup is perfect to enjoy all year round. If you’re a fan of rich and brothy soups, you should also try our Homemade Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, which is both light and satisfying, bursting with flavors from vegetables and herbs.

Tutti a tavola è pronto! (Everyone to the table! It’s time to eat!)

Un caro saluto e alla prossima. (Warm regards, until next time.)


This simple and delicious soup is easy to put together, making it a favorite among Italians. Its rich tomato flavor, combined with hearty beans and tender chicken, will leave you satisfied and craving for more. If you’re a fan of bean soups, also check out our 15 Bean Soup Recipe. For colder days, our Tuscan White Bean Soup Recipe is a hit, and if you’re looking for a meatless option, our Pasta with Chickpeas and Spinach Recipe is a tasty choice.

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