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Tortellini Pasta e Fagioli

Tortellini Pasta e Fagioli is a hearty rendition of the traditional Italian soup, known for its "pasta and beans". It is so flavorful, yet easy to prepare.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 565kcal
Author: Sandra

Ingredients

  • 14.5 ounce cannellini beans white kidney beans
  • 4 ounces sliced pancetta chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ounces sliced prosciutto chopped
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 3 celery ribs diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 28 ounce whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 pound dried cheese tortellini
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse cannellini beans, and set aside.
  • In a large pot, heat olive oil and add the chopped pancetta, and cook until lightly brown, about 5 minutes. 
  • Once browned, remove from pot and onto a paper towel, using a slotted spoon, leave the fat in the pot. . 
  • Add the prosciutto, and cook for a few minutes, until it starts to turn a light brown color, then add red onion and cook for 3-5 minutes, until it starts to soften.
  • Add celery and cook until it begins to soften, then add garlic, rosemary, oregano, and bay leaf. Let this simmer, stirring until golden.
  • Gently stir in broth. Add in the can of whole tomatoes, using your hands to squish and break down the tomatoes, to make them smashed. Add beans and pancetta. 
  • Let it come a slow boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover with the lid ajar, and simmer. Occasionally come back and stir, letting it cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Prepare tortellini pasta per package directions, drain pasta, keeping 1 cup of the drained water. Add tortellini to the soup and then add the pasta water, stirring in gently. 
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste, and top with parmesan cheese. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Carrabba’s Italian Grill Recipes from Around Our Family Table

Nutrition

Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 1790mg | Potassium: 523mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 25.9mg | Calcium: 223mg | Iron: 4.5mg