Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Pasta Fagioli Soup

Brrrrr... Soup is on the menu for tonight, since we all seem to be in a deep freeze! 

 My centerpiece is a basket that belonged to my grandmother and is probably 100 years old.  It's filled with pine cones that my beloved hubby and I always collected on hikes.  Oh, how I love the beauty of pine cones. The darling Goebel sledders were a gift from my Dad, years ago.  The birch-look candle was on clearance from World Market.  The table runner is from a garage sale that I bought close to 40 years ago.  It's supposed to be the "snow" on my table. 

 The pine cone quilted placemats from Kohls, were found on clearance last year, for about $1.00.  The napkin rings are a snowflake design from World Market, found on clearance.  The soup bowls were another garage sale find for 25 cents. 

 I'm using my favorite vintage 25 cent plates again!

This Pasta Fagioli soup is one of my all-time favorites.   Sometimes I use pork or chicken sausage in place of the ground beef.  Also, adjust the seasonings to suit your tastes.  I hope you can try this soup to warm your heart and soul.  

1 can Great Northern beans, drained
1 lb. ground beef, browned & drained
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans beef broth (I use chicken broth)
2 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon, pepper
1/4 teaspoon, marjoram
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
1 teaspoon, dried basil
1 teaspoon, dried oregano
3 cups of cooked small pasta, like ditalini

Combine all ingredients EXCEPT pasta, and put in slow cooker.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.  Add the cooked pasta before serving & stir to combine, or add some pasta to each bowl and then add the soup. To garnish, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

I am sharing this with these lovely parties:

Make It Pretty Monday
The Scoop
Inspire Me
Centerpiece Wednesday
Share Your Cup
Foodie Friday
Full Plate
Seasonal Sundays
Weekend Potluck


  1. Sounds like a great soup Kitty! I have some Italian sausage in the freezer and just might whip up a half batch! Cute bowls and sledders:@)

  2. The soup sounds really delicious. I think I can safely call this winter our Winter of Soup. Love the Goebel sledders; they're adorable. Have a wonderful day, Kitty.

  3. I love your table setting, it is gorgeous. Happy New Year from Scotland!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  4. Wonderful winter tablescape with all the special touches. I was hoping that you would mention the birch candle in the center of your pretty basket. Is it made of wax?

  5. I haven't mentioned this, but I'm on a huge (and I do mean ha-uuuge) soup kick right now. It just seems to be the thing I want to eat and also the thing I want to cook.

    Said that to say this: I am pinning this recipe to try ASAP.

    And I happen to love the table to go along with it, too. That's like gravy.

  6. What a perfect time for soup and just a wonderful table setting. Vee's husband made some wood candles like that on her blog A Haven for Vee. That recipe looks so delicious. Love the pine cone memory with your hubby Kitty.

  7. Hi Kitty and happy new year. I love this bean soup too and it's perfect for the cold weather outside. My father in law from Italy taught me how make this soup before he passed away many years ago and it always reminds me of him. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I use the hard navy beans and soak them a little and then make mine in the crock pot! I love the ditalini pasta in it too. You also made the table look so pretty with everything. Stay warm. Julie

  8. Beautiful! We also love that soup as well. Blessings

  9. I wanted to do a pinecone centerpiece for the ts I'm posting tomorrow, but no pinecones in my yard! I made do with some other things, though. Yours is lovely, and I just love those dishes! That soup is one of my faves, I'd forgotten about it. Thanks for bringing it back to me. -Dawn @ We Call It
    History & Home party Tue-Fri, please join in!

  10. Hi Kitty,

    I have some of those very same candles; mine came from Bed, Bath & Beyond a couple of years ago. I really enjoy decorating with them. I love your pretty table runner and your pine cone plates. Pine cones are such an inexpensive way to add natural winter touches to your home. I have some in a basket on our hearth. :)

    Your soup looks and sounds delicious! Can you believe this weather? I hope all is well with you; I messed up recently and accidentally deleted my whole blog list from the sidebar on my homepage. I just realized today that I'd missed putting your blog back on there, so I fixed that right away. :)

    I hope you have a great day, Kitty, and stay warm and safe tonight.


    Denise at Forest Manor

  11. Yum! This sounds like a rib stickin soup, Kitty. We're all wanting comfort food these cold days. I love your sweet little sledders. When I worked in a jewelery store years ago, I wanted to collect them but never did. I still love them. Love your basket of pine cones too. As always, it's lovely to have you join me at my HOME.

    Blessings and hugs,

  12. Love your table, Kitty. Especially the pine cone plates. Pasta Fagioli is stick to your ribs good! xo

  13. Love this soup! It really is a hearty, filling soup and perfect for this weather.

    Your table looks lovely!


  14. Your soup looks delish. I want a couple soup bowls like yours that will go in the oven.

  15. Kitty, your delicious soup is just the thing for a night like tonight. It's been drizzling here all day. Fortunately it's no longer freezing or we would have a mess. Stay warm!

  16. Sounds (and looks!) perfect to me Kitty! When's lunch?!

  17. I love your pinecone place matts and plates, great find and great price. The soup looks very good, perfect for my on the road menu. take care

  18. This is perfect for all this cold weather going around the country. Comfort food!!! Love the crocks you used. Stay warm.


  19. What a lovely table you have set, Kitty, full of sentimental and thrifty finds. You know I love pine cones and how sweet that you have the ones you collected with your beloved in your Grandmother's beautiful basket. I love the little sledders and your wintery place settings. I have some little crocks like that. The soup looks so good and easy, I will add it to my recipe box. Thanks for sharing and keep cozy. Hugs xo Karen

  20. Perfect for the cold weather we are having! I love that it can be done in the slow cooker, my favorite appliance for soup. Happy New Year, Kitty!

  21. I made a pasta fagioli soup recently. It tasted really good on a chilly day. Love using the crockpot, too!

  22. My favorite! I love this soup! I must make it soon, thanks for sharing! -Bev

  23. Hi kitty, Your kitchen is perfect with the sleek kitchen and the simple stools. The choice of bright color theme is popular for this minimalist area. White color is great for this kitchen design with small space. The ultramodern kitchen looks sleek and clean with the contemporary kitchen with the black simple stools. Modern kitchen

  24. Hi Kitty,
    I can't wait to try your awesome soup, it looks delicious. Your table centerpiece is lovely and gives me an idea for my table. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  25. You know I have had this soup many times and always wondered exactly how to make it...and now, thanks to you I have the tried-and-Kitty--true recipe! Thank you, my sweet friend.

    You have set a warm and cozy winter's tablescape and it is truly inviting.

    Have a wonderful weekend. Keep warm. Hugs.

  26. Kitty, I love this soup! Happy to have your recipe. I will be making it for sure. I love your pinecone plates. I have pinecones on my table for my Winter décor also. Would love to find some fab plates like that! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  27. I ♥ those 25¢ pine cone plates...they are great! There aren't too many kinds of soup we don't love in this house. I will be trying this one in the next week or so...your recipes have always been yummy.
    Have a great week, Kitty.

  28. Love your pinecone plates! The soup loves great. I'll be featuring you in my post Bride of Inspired By this coming week starting (probably) on Thursday. Have a great week!

  29. It's soup weather around here too, Kitty, and this recipe will surely warm us all up. Your pine cone theme is so pretty. Love the plates and soup bowls.

  30. Your soup sounds wonderful Kitty and I love your kozy :) table setting! Our weather has been a roller coaster with single digit temperatures then back to the low 50s.

  31. Thank you so much for allowing me to "come into your dining room."
    The table is beautiful !! (and it seems that with few money ...) And their dishes are a charm!
    As I know you have already seen my blog, you know that I love to paint porcelain. If you have time and ... interest, you can see the dishes my family designed as a souvenir of our beach house and I painted it.
    I will try to make a soup like yours that should be great now in cold weather.

  32. Your soup sounds delicious. I love soup recipes and I could eat it everyday so a new recipe is great.


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