{ Pasta Fagioli | A Famiglia Un-Recipe }

Thank you for popping over from the email I sent you regarding
'What I'm up to!'
Cooking comfort food that is also healthy, especially during our mandatory stay at home, where we're all overindulging a bit is so important to me and I'm glad I can share it with you!
Please enjoy my family 'un-recipe' as much as my family, friends & I do!

I call it an 'un-recipe' because I grew up with my Nona & Mom just creating & cooking with whatever we had in the pantry or garden. This is hands down my most requested dish & the first thing to disappear at a family gathering! I've put this to paper the best I could.

Pasta Fagioli (‘Fazool’) a la Marinella
Feeds approx. 6 / Double this recipe for a big crowd
Takes approx. 20 minutes to make


What You'll Need ~ Remember you can modify this to what's in your pantry! ~

  • XV Olive Oil
  • Chopped onions (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 can Tomato Paste (I use the seasoned Contadina or Heinz brand)
  • Red or White Wine or No Wine at all
  • Chopped Spinach (I use frozen you can do fresh)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • McCormick brand ‘Perfect Pinch, Garlic & Herb Salt Free’ seasoning
  • Garlic powder (or you can use fresh)
  • Red Pepper flakes
  • 1 can Giant (or whatever store you’re in) store brand Pork & Beans (no other ever tastes as good | If you’re going vegetarian use the beans of your choice )
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • Tomato Sauce (I use my homemade or your favorite brand)
  • Ditalini or any other little pasta will work
  • Chicken or Vegetable Broth (OR you can use the water from the pasta after its been cooked al dente)


In a small pot boil water for pasta, salt water & add pasta (use however much or little pasta you want) don’t fully cook the pasta leave it chewy so it doesn’t turn to mush in fagioli. Drain, reserve pasta water & put pasta back in pot for use in fagioli pot.


In a pot heat XV olive oil, add onion (again eyeball how much you want) saute’, add entire can of tomato paste and sauté it to caramelize it, add wine approx. ½ cup.

Add chopped spinach, season spinach with Perfect Pinch, S&P, Garlic and then add red pepper flakes to taste. Sauté spinach, add beans, chopped tomatoes & tomato sauce.

Add some of the pasta water and bring to quick boil, turn flame to low, add pasta, some chicken or vegetable broth & more pasta water or broth if you want.

Turn flame off

Serve with grated Parmesan & crusty bread.

It’s great to have cooked crumbled sausage on the side if someone wants the addition of meat.

~ Mangiare!

PS - I'd love to know how this turned out for you! Leave me a comment or post a pic on social media and tag me @marinellajewelry

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  • Denise Raith on

    Very inspiring. One tweak….naptime ;) You’re the best!
    Love & Thanks

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