Creamy Pasta Fagioli

With the temperature dropping as quickly as it has been – we are struggling to stay above 45deg any given day and it’s not even November yet! Soup becomes a staple on my weekly menu. And it’s totally true – I can’t leave traditional recipes alone. I like to take classic ideas and make them into something a little different. And that’s what I did with my version of Pasta Fagioli by adding in some cheese and heavy cream. I hope that you will love Creamy Pasta Fagioli as much as my family did!

Creamy Pasta Fagioli

When I put Pasta Fagioli on the weekly menu – every single kid…and my husband… said “What’s that?” So I sort of described it as an Italian Flavored Chili and then told them I was planning to add cream and cheese to it. They all seemed pacified and willing to wait till I actually made it. Can I just tell you – when the temperature drops below freezing and you need to warm the bellies of your family – this is the soup to cook! The veggies and the beans and the pasta – it is so packed full that you will not have anyone hungry in the end!

Creamy Pasta Fagioli

So why do I add cream to everything? Simple – because everything is better with cream. It is an excellent source of good fats. It’s easy to find. And if just gives everything a richness that takes it to the next level. Yes, I go through gallons of cream at my house each month – so many sauces and gravies! But it is so worth it! So why not add cream and make it Creamy Pasta Fagioli!

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Creamy Pasta Fagioli

A classic Italian soup kicked up a notch with creamy cheesy goodness!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword hearty soup, Pasta, pasta dishes, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 lb Ground Italian Sausage I used pork
  • ½ White Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Coarse Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Carrot diced
  • 1 cup Celery diced
  • 1 15oz can Kidney Beans drained
  • 1 15oz can Cannelloni Beans drained
  • 1 qt Chicken Broth
  • 1 15oz can Diced Tomato
  • 1 15oz can Tomato Puree
  • 2 cups Short Pasta ditalini, elbows, etc.
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded (plus more for garnish)


  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta
  • In a large stock pot over medium high heat, add oil, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Add sausage and cook until browned.
  • Add carrots and celery to the pot and cook another 3-4 minutes. Then add chicken broth, diced tomato, tomato puree, kidney beans, and cannelloni beans. Cover and reduce to medium heat, cook for 25 minutes.
  • While soup is cooking, add pasta to boiling water. Cook as directed on package. Drain in a colander and rinse with cool water to arrest cooking process.
  • Add the pasta to the pot and mix together. Add heavy cream and cook for 3 minutes. Then add cheese and cook another 3 minutes.
  • Serve with parmesan cheese as a garnish if desired.

Estelle Forrest self-published this cookbook after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:


Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

7 thoughts on “Creamy Pasta Fagioli

  1. This soup looks hearty and delicious! Just right for fall. I pinned it for later! Thanks for sharing! I’m visiting today from the Friday Favorites link up. Have a great weekend Estelle!

  2. Laurie – Tennessee – Off Grid wife to dashingly handsome arborist! 💕 🌲 Home educating mom of three amazing fellows 🏃‍♂️ 🏃 🏃‍♂️ homeschool and homestead blogger 🏡 herb gardener 🌿 flower lover 🌻 , cat collector 🐈 , follower of Jesus ✝️, and happy wife 👩🏻‍🦰 ! Preparing our hearts and country home with simplicity. ❤️ Blogger at
    Laurie says:

    Here in East Tennessee we are enjoying the weather as it has been the in the 70’s this week. That recipe looks like a good one for a cold day. Thank you for stoping by the homestead Blog Hop.


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