Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli

Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli - this comforting dish is easy to prepare and FULL of flavor. Healthy, too! |

This is the story of how I bought 5 ingredients from Trader Joe’s and made one of my favorite dinners of all time.

The story begins with Lunch Envy as I watched my friend and coworker eat her saucy baby pasta with all those tiny chopped veggies in that creamy tomato base in the beloved teacher’s lounge. The place where great lunch ideas are born, right? I asked for the recipe before she had even taken one bite. Like the recipe-hungry food-bloggin’ girl that I am.

Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli - this comforting dish is easy to prepare and FULL of flavor. Healthy, too! |

To develop the story for you, things have been pretty crazy for us lately. Oh yeah, that’s right, welcome to all of the lives of all the people in the world. WHY, you guys? Why do we do this to ourselves?

With the closing on our new old house which I have affectionately come to call our Yum Sweet Home (and which will be pictured in the next few days), and the out of town weekends for things like Holiday Baking Classes (rough. I know.), and the back-to-work Mondays with early morning meetings, and the late night cookie baking to keep caught up on the blog to keep sane, and the preparing for showings on our current home which = cleaning which = wahhh, I just don’t even know. ALL OF THE THINGS. Time starts to feel slippery.

And then, I know you probably can’t relate because you are beautiful home cooks who find time to make your families wholesome home cooked meals always no matter what, but we here in this home often find ourselves making up for lost time by eating things like toast and cereal and frozen Amy’s organic meals. Which I could eat forever but it would still probably be good to cook once in a while.

Cereal be gone.

Simple dinner that has rockin flavor: come to me.

Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli - this comforting dish is easy to prepare and FULL of flavor. Healthy, too! |

Pasta e Fagioli just means pasta with beans, at least as I understand it after two seconds of Wiki reading. I added chicken sausage because, well, meat. So I claim no authenticity here, just a recipe that tastes great and takes very little time.

Trader Joe’s was the perfect place to stop on my way home from work because I could pick up some high quality short cut ingredients like the aforementioned CHICKEN SAUSAGE and a newbie to my ingredient favorites: MIREPOIX.

Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli - this comforting dish is easy to prepare and FULL of flavor. Healthy, too! |

The chicken sausage that I bought was spicy Italian, made with red wine and Formaggio cheese. Um, what? How delicious is that?! (Very.) I just about burned my nose off cooking it – you know, when you cook spicy stuff and you end up basically choking? but then I settled down and ate a lot of it. Fast. It was so very yummms.

And then the mirepoix? Just a fancy word for chopped celery and carrots and onions that will be used as the veggie base here. TJ’s hooked me up by chopping the veggies for me and packaging them in a little container and placing them in the produce section for my time-hungry eyes to see.

By the way, this is in no way sponsored by Trader Joe’s. I am just over the moon excited that there’s one open within 20 miles of my house and was so happy with how their ingredients worked in this recipe. Superfan.

Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli - this comforting dish is easy to prepare and FULL of flavor. Healthy, too! |

When this all cooks up, it’s going to look like a lot of sauce at first. Really good sauce, made with San Marzano (aka best tasting high quality) tomatoes and a plethora of other veggies. Including my friend baby spinach who had been occupying a lonely shelf on the fridge and needed a good home.

But just when you’re questioning whether you actually need this much sauce or not, you add the pasta – as it turns out, orchiette from Trader Joe’s will be a good choice – and the sauce just soaks right into the pasta and you’re left with this velvety texture that is both saucy and thick. It’s not like soup, it’s like saucy pasta. Loaded with veggies. And red wine Formaggio chicken sausage.

You will love this.

Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli - this comforting dish is easy to prepare and FULL of flavor. Healthy, too! |

4.8 from 12 reviews
Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli
Serves: 8
  • 1 lb. chicken sausages in casing. GO SPICY if u dare.
  • 1½ cups mirepoix - chopped celery, carrot, and onion*
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoons ground oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 14-ounce can cannellini beans
  • 28 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 lb. small pasta - I used orchiette
  • 8 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for topping
  1. Remove the chicken from its casing. In a large pot, brown the chicken sausage over medium high heat and drain the excess grease. Set aside.
  2. Crush the San Marzano tomatoes and sauce in a food processor and set aside. Drain the cannellini beans. Place in a food processor. Refill the can with water, add to the food processor, and puree until very smooth.
  3. In the same large pot as step one, saute the mirepoix, garlic, oregano, salt, and bay leaf (with a little olive oil if needed) until soft and fragrant. Add the tomatoes, pureed beans, and broth. Simmer for 20 minutes. Saucy.
  4. Add the pasta and simmer for another 20 minutes until pasta is cooked through as sauce is reduced. Throw in the baby spinach and the chicken sausage from step one. If needed, add water or broth to adjust the consistency of the pasta before serving. Top with cheese.
  5. Save some for lunch tomorrow. It makes awesome leftovers.
*You don't have to, but it really does save time to buy prechopped mirepoix (just carrots, celery, and onion). I bought some at Trader Joe's in the produce section and it was super fresh and cut down on prep time and number of ingredients I needed to buy on a busy weeknight! Thumbs up to that.


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  1. What a great looking meal! And with the holidays sneaking up so quickly, I see this becoming part of the super fast meal rotation for this busy shopping, working, cooking days ahead!

  2. What a treat to get real good chicken sausage! I am huge fan of chilli, so what is described their is a normal night at my place. This is gorgeous and I love the clarity of all pasta ingredients even though it is robed in that delicious, sinfully good sauce!

  3. Never trust Wikipedia. :-) Fagioli just means beans, not vegetables. This sounds really good but, because of the sausage, not the Lenten meal my mom would make.

  4. Wait, you are now teaching holiday baking classes?!? Come to Colorado! I want to attend! :)

    You are dang busy, girl! If you have secret on keeping up with things let me know! As for the past/soup? So gorgeous and perfect! I love San Marzano tomatoes and the ease of this is just perfect!

  5. Oh yum! This looks great! And there’s no such thing as too much sauce, ever :) Thank you for sharing!

  6. This sounds amazing! The pasta e fagioli I make is also more like a pasta dish than a soup, and I love it that way.

  7. 1) Only YOU can make a used up, dirty ol’ tomato can look gourmet and tantalizing. Serious talent, lady.
    2) “Mirepoix” sounds like chicken pox to me, but that’s just because I am not sophisticated and I don’t know French.
    3) Best snippet: “Time starts to feel slippery.” Amen, that’s my whole life right now… Which is why making time to cook and bake anchors me and puts a little grit under my feet.

  8. We’ve got a Trader Joe’s that’ll be opening up a few miles away from us sometime next year. When I lived in California I was at my local one at least twice a week – I can’t wait for them to open here in Colorado!!!

    • My thoughts exactly! Colorado now has a Trader Joes in the Denver area but the one opening in the suburbs is exactly what I am waiting for too.

      This meal looks delicious. I’ve never thought to add beans to my meat sauce, why not? Will be sure to try it.

  9. Your schedule sounds crazy. Exciting times though. Now chicken sausage is definitely something we don’t have in the UK but I’m thinking that the recipe would still work well without it. Also if your ever up for some gardening San Marzano tomatoes are wonderful to grow.

  10. I too just had a Trader Joe’s open up near my home (finally!) and I am completely smitten. Not to mention, this pasta looks so perfectly cozy for the (kind of) cool weather!

  11. This looks amazing and totally makes me crave pasta right this second. TJ’s is the best, I actually wrote about that store in my blog post today haha! I love everything there, plus they’ve got the best nut prices in town, they are like holiday baking headquarters!!

  12. Wow. Does that look good! Now I’m having Lunch Envy! Have to try.

  13. Sometimes the easiest recipes can be the tastiest and it does look delicious.

  14. I also am a Big Superfan of Trader Joe’s. And Mirepoix is reason #124. Super good base for soups. I never thought to puree the beans, but that’s a really good idea. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I can’t wait to make this but what does 374grams equal in cups? For serving size.

  16. Yes to fagioli! It really is a lifesaver when you’re busy and chilled and in need of immediate dinner. I usually make mine entirely vegetarian, but now I’m intrigued by the idea of chicken sausage! Must try. :)

  17. This looks unbelievable! Orchiette is one of my favorite pastas to use.

  18. Some how this makes me feel better about feeling like life is just running on fast forward–all the time–can’t keep up!
    Getting the mirepoix is such a wonderful idea. I wish our TJ’s was closer, but I’ll definitely have to make a stop before I go home from work sometime this week. I know this is one of those dishes that my whole family (even the veggie hating 2 year old) would gobble up!

  19. I’m confused about the beans + water. Do you mean add one can of (drained, rinsed) beans and one full can of water to the food pro? Or do you mean drain & rinse beans, pour back into can and then fill with water then add to food pro. One results in much more water than the other… thanks!

  20. Looks belly-warming & comforting! Did you buy chicken sausage links & remove the meat from the casings? Or buy ground chicken sausage in a package (not sure if I’ve seen that at TJ’s…and also not sure if I’m being clear)?

  21. Fabulous! This recipe looks s0 delicious…love it. I can’t wait to try it!

  22. This pasta looks so wonderfully creamy and delicious! I love that it’s more of a pasta dish rather than a soup.

  23. I bet this Pasta dish has the most wonderful flavor! Can’t wait to give this one a try!

  24. What a gorgeous dish! Simplicity at its finest!

  25. I love pre washed, pre cut veggies (especially butternut squash). It’s such a treat to give yourself a break once in awhile. Moving is the hardest thing ever, so you have every right to feel very busy. Love the pasta :)

  26. I’m so with you on the eating boxed meals and sandwiches sometimes. How in the world am I a food blogger when half the time I don’t even cook for my family??
    This pasta looks delicious and perfect for getting me out of a food slump? :)
    Congrats on the new house!

  27. This looks and sounds incredible. It’s perfect for the busy days ahead. Thanks!

  28. So funny that you posted this today! I was craving pasta e fagioli today big time. I’ve never had it like this, but it looks dee-lish!! Love how easy it comes together too. Oh! And San Marzano tomatoes?? I heart them. 😉

  29. Lunch envy – yup I know what that’s like! Hmm I don’t think I’ve tried this pasta dish before but that sauce looks totally heavenly. Great lunch!

  30. Those Italians know what’s up. Comforting, tasty, and simple. Love. Although, I would have to nix the chicken sausage, as yummy as it sounds.

    It is nice to have Amy to turn to for a quick meal when life get’s busy right? For as many meals as she has fed me, I feel like she’s a part of the family. :)

  31. the recipe is much easier than the picture looks! will definitely need to try asap

  32. I love the colors/tone in these photographs. Nicely done…and of course it looks delicious!

    • Thanks Eric! I was working with artificial lighting, my nemesis, thanks to the 5pm blackness outside. But it’s a fun new challenge of MN winter!! 😉

  33. Work definitley is the birthplace of some amazing recipes! It’s also a great taste testing joint as well. I love bringing baked goods in for my co-workers to try and it’s great to try out their recipes as well!

    This dish is perfect. Pasta e Fagioli is one of my favorite soups. Thanks so much for sharing, Lindsay!

  34. I LOVE SAN MARZANO TOMATOES! (Yes, I am yelling that.) That is all. 😉

  35. Everything about this post makes me want it in my face right now – all the fancy schmancy names, the ingredients, the mention of my beloved Trader Joes. Awesome looking dish!

  36. Looks totally delish! I am craving some right now. Everything about it looks so warm, comforting, and hearty!

  37. What is it about that T Joe’s pre-chopped mirepoix that makes a nice home-cooked dinner seem so much more in reach even when things are crazy? Oh how I miss Trader Joe’s! Although, I even think I could whip this simple dinner up here with no trouble – looks delicious and totally satisfying!

  38. This looks so comforting and delicious!

  39. Keeping a kitchen/house in “showing” condition for selling, while being a food blogger? Oh my, I don’t envy you in this case. I was actually JUST thinking about maybe, possibly, selling our house the other day, and then looked around at what a mess the kitchen becomes every day and thought “mehhhh maybe not.” haha.

  40. Made this tonight in a little less time by allowing the tomatoes to simmer just 5 minutes and reducing the chicken broth by about half before adding the pasta.

    I also used about 1 cup of beans pureed with 1/2 cup cooked quinoa and added some sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil. So yummy!

    Oh, and a time saver TIP: Since you’re already using a food processor for the tomatoes and beans, you can finely chop/puree the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic in the processor at the very beginning.

  41. When I taught, a fellow teacher and I would swap weeks to bring lunch for each other. She’d take one week and make lunch for both of us. I’d take the other week. Since we both loved to cook, it was such a fun experience and it was nice to have great food on my off week instead of PBJ.

    (Today, we both homeschool our kids and work in food in our off hours. Kinda funny how that worked out.)

  42. Wow this looks fantastic! Love the simple ingredients and it sounds so delicious!

  43. Orchiette are my favorite kind of pasta and this simple dish looks like an amazing week-dinner to make in less than half an hour. And what a great idea to use chicken sausage instead of minced meat. This must add so much more flavor to the dish!

  44. I love the look of this! San Marzano are SO flavorful, and orchiette pasta is just so darn cute.

    Your photos are beautiful! I have to ask – what kind of lighting setup do you use when you shoot at night? I’ve been trying so hard to get artificial light to look as good as this does, and I can’t seem to get it right. Natural light is just so darn beautiful, but not realistic with these short days and a full-time job. Anyway, great work, and congrats on your Yum Sweet Home :)

    • Also I just noticed that I wrote “so darn” twice in that comment. #minnesotan

    • Hi Katie! I just have one lamp (Lowel EGO light) and a big white reflector, and I usually put the light to the side/back of the food. Don’t put the light right in front – it washes everything out and looks flat. Try it with the light off to the side of the food… that’s the best place to start. :) And you’re so darn cute!

  45. I made this last night, it was absolutely fabulous. I followed your advice and bought the mirepoix – so worth it to not have to chop! Anyways, my husband and I loved it, and I’m actually eating it again for lunch as I type. Great re-heated, as expected. Thanks, Lindsay! This one is going into the rotation (with the other Pinch of Yum recipes!).

  46. I’m making this as we speak. Smell fantastic! When you simmer do you leave uncovered or do you cover?

  47. How pretty is this dish? It looks delicious! I’m in love with Trader Joe’s too… I can go on and on about them. They make the best (frozen) mini chocolate croissants… 😉

  48. This is cooking on the stovetop as I type. Almost done and the taste test was YUMMY! Thanks and happy Thanksgiving :)

  49. Hi Lindsay! I just bought your photography book, I already love it. It is very practical and simple to use. I just started blog about my food:

    Thanks for the good job.

  50. It’s so not fair :'(
    Why can’t my stupid little country do better food wise.
    Nowhere but nowhere would veggies be cut up for me and put into little containers.
    I can’t get sausages like you do. If I take a bus to the butcher maybe I’d find something similar but…..
    I don’t understand why you all buy sausages and take them out of the casing. Can’t you use chicken instead?
    A reply would be nice :-)

  51. I made this tonight, and my only modification was to cut the recipe in half. It tasted exactly like a dish one could order at an Italian restaurant, and orchiette noodles from Trader Joe’s were great.

    Maybe my taste buds have been numbed by a cold and too much boiling hot ginger tea, but I felt that the sauce was a little bland for me. Next time I might spring for fresh oregano and some red pepper flakes to punch it up a notch.

    Judy–Not sure if you will see this, as I’m not directly replying to you, but sausage is made of ground meat and spices. It isn’t the same thing as plain raw meat. You take it out of the casing so that you can break it up into pieces.

  52. This was delicious! We made it last night and added some crushed red pepper flakes and pepper to the sauce. Made a ton….so lots of leftovers for the weekend :)

  53. This looks delicious! And I love pasta made with shells and all the yummy goodness gets stuffed in the shell in each bite! YUM!

  54. I made this for the first time and it is AMAZING. My kids loved and and it is going to be a hit in our family for many years. Thanks for such a great site!

  55. The soup looks so good… I love these recipe which are good enough for a complete meal. Going to make some real soon.

  56. This was pure comfort food… Loved every bit of it and am so excited for leftovers this week! So easy to make and it beats anything you could buy in a store or restaurant. Kudos Lindsay 😀

  57. Christina Zycinski says:

    It says to add the tomatoes and SAUCE into the food processor, but there is no sauce listed in your ingredients. Very confusing. Please help!

  58. I made this last night and it was mind-blowing how delicious it was. My boyfriend was super impressed with me. Definitely one of the best Italian dishes I have made! Two side notes: It took me longer to get my pasta to cook for some reason (like double the time) but that’s fine. Also I didn’t quite know where to add the 28 oz of broth? I just dumped it in as needed. Again, though: this was SO GOOD! Thanks for the recipe. I love this site.

  59. I substituted ground beef for the chicken sausage bc the husband is not a fan =( It was good, but I’m going to try it again with the sausage, sounds amazing!

  60. San Marzano tomatoes ♥ one of the most appreciated product of our land!
    Good choice! 😉
    Live Salerno, LOVE SALERNO and EAT SALERNO.

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