This Italian inspired spinach pasta fagioli is simmered beans, diced tomatoes and chopped spinach all combined with pancetta, basil and stellette soup pasta.
Make this vegetarian by substituting vegetable stock for the chicken. Also feel free to substitute fresh spinach, chard or curly kale for the tinned spinach.
The first time we tried the recipe it was great but needed some extra help. We replaced the bacon with ½-pound Italian sausage cooked and finely chopped in a food processor. We added ¼ cup diced onions and 1 more cup of water. We found during first time, after adding the pasta, the soup was bit too thick. We also halved the salt (½ and ¼ teaspoon), because after adding cheese, we found it a little salty. We also substituted pasta with whole-wheat elbows. The recipe was a 5 star to start, the 2nd time we made it with these modifications we needed 6th star! - 18 Mar 2006 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Overall this was great soup...very close to Olive Garden..I substituted the bacon (why bacon??)for Italian sausage which was much better. I also omitted the salt..didn't need it at all. Next time I will cut down on garlic...whoaaa! 1/8 of a teaspoon of garlic powder is equal to 1 clove..and this recipe totalled 9 cloves! No one came near me for days! Update-use fresh spinach and add at the end. Also, use cannellini beans instead of northern. Yum! - 11 Jan 2003 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
EXCELLENT! Thanks for a great recipe. My husband had been asking for this for a while but doesn't like the kind of Fagioli that is too tomatoee. This one was perfect. Used frozen spinach and added a little olive oil, chopped onions and Italian Seasoning. Will make it again, especially on cold winter nights. - 27 Dec 2001 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)