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Cranberry Bean Pasta Fagioli

Cranberry bean pasta fagioli is a hearty comfort food soup. Cranberry beans are added to a traditional Italian soup with pasta, kale, and pancetta. Beyond delicious!

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I’ve caught a mean case of Spring Fever. It’s normally cold through March in my neck of the woods, with warmth breaking through here and there. Well, Mother Nature herself went and teased us with a 60 something degree last week and ever since I have been craving my flip flops like crazy.

As much as I want the warmth, I am also now rushing to get in all of the winter recipes I haven’t made yet. I may want to be grilling burgers outside from now until forever but there are so many comforting soups, stews and other hearty meals that I won’t want to make when its 99 and humid. Like this cranberry bean pasta fagioli.

Oh, and are you wondering what a cranberry bean is?

It’s not a cranberry, but does have the color of one. It’s creamy textured bean that’s sweeter than pintos or kidney beans. They’re white with cranberry colored speckles. They’re sometimes called Borlotti beans.


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What I did differently:

I added

  • 1 cup finely diced carrot
  • 1 lb ground hot sausage, browned
  • upped the pasta to a 1 pound box because I was feeding some very hungry men and wanted them to get the most out of this meal.

I served this with these cute little Garlic Knits from Runs with Spatulas.

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Monday 7th of March 2011

It's definitely warming up here too but I love it when it rains because I am still craving this sort of beany hearty stew. Cooking them makes me feel like a Tuscan housewife, I love it!

Dee D

Friday 4th of March 2011

wow! That looks so delicious, I'm drooling! The shots are amazing too! Especially the one with the steam? Perfect!


Thursday 3rd of March 2011

I have never heard of cranberry beans before. What a great recipe! Thank you for sharing another bowl of delicious goodness! And thank you for being so sweet on my own blog :-)


Wednesday 2nd of March 2011

Looks just luscious. I am doing a riff on pasta and beans and turkey sausage tonight. If it looks half as welcoming as yours, I will be pleased.

Dionne Baldwin

Wednesday 2nd of March 2011

Congrats on the Top 9! I can never make soup look anywhere near this good. I know what you mean about the comfort winter foods, I was hoping to make a few more stews. The warm weather is just around the corner...then it's grillin' time!