Fagioli Soup or often referred to as Pasta Fagioli Soup is a liquid soup style dish that can include ground beef and pasta. In Italian fagioli is defined as “beans” thus a literal translation would make “Bean” soup.The dish like the name is heavily based on the use of a variety of beans commonly known to the region. It is unknown when the dish first began to gain popularity. An Italian dish with unknown exact geographical origin, the food is strongly referenced to Pasta e fagioli a traditional meatless Italian dish. Like the pasta the soup likely originated as a peasant dish that gained popularity.
The soup base is a form of oil and tomato puree. Some styles of the soup do not include tomatoes but constructed from a homemade broth. The soup in the simplest forms do not take long hours of preperation and is readily a nutritious meal in early preperation. Modern restaurant versions today add an Italian meat to become more appealing to foreign tastes.Fagioli Soup can be made several ways. First, is the more traditional Italian way through the use of cannellini beans or borlotti beans. No meat is usually is included in the Italian style soup. Second is the more common “America” style construction. A common Fagioli soup is uses kidney bones with a series of vegetables and other ingredients.
A simple version of Fagioli soup can be prepared in a hour with little difficulty. The ingredients must be added according to the amount of servings. The ingredienst required are a can of diced tomatoes and chicken broth, slice chopped garlic, and any meat in this case sausage. In a large soup pot add diced tomatoes, chicken broth, tomato sauce, beans, a few cups of water, garlic, sausage, salt, and pepper. Let the soup boil and simmer for 45 minutes. The soup can be readily served with any bread or side dish.