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Mixed bean and pasta soup

Updated on July 16, 2009

Comfort food for vegetarians

A hearty, warming and nutritious soup, delicious for vegetarians and meateaters. The original recipe uses chicken stock, but I have substituted it for vegetable stock flavored with mild chili and cilantro. A soup that's just right when the summer is fading away!


olive oil (1 tbsp)


2 cloves of garlic

can of mixed beans*

1 pint vegetable stock

hot chili powder (1 tsp)

pasta shells (conchigliette) 50-75g

chopped fresh cilantro (coriander) to garnish

* I used a can of mixed beans in mild chili sauce (available from most supermarkets) - the beans included are red kidney beans, pinto beans, cannellini beans, borlotti beans and black-eyed beans.

You can use whichever dried beans you like - just make sure you soak them overnight and drain them before use. You can also omit the chili if you desire.

Cooking the onions

And the garlic

Add the olive oil to a hot pan, and then finely chop the onion. Add the onion to the pan and fry until for 5 minutes until softened.

Add 2 cloves of crushed garlic and continue to stir gently and fry for a further 1 miinute.

Adding the beans

And the vegetable stock

Add the mixed beans and chili powder (if you're using it), followed by the vegetable stock.

Stir to mix the ingredients, then cover the pan and bring to the boil.

Adding the pasta

And seasoning

Add the dried pasta shells to the pan and stir them into the other ingredients. Cook until the pasta is al dente and then stir in the chopped fresh cilantro (coriander).

Season with salt and ground black pepper, and serve with crusty bread. Delicious!

Other delicious soup recipes - And hearty stews

What are your favorite soup recipes?

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Tasty Lens. I love easy & delicious recipes! Thanks! :)

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Yumm! Sounds delicious -- have you added your recipe to the Soup du Jour?

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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago

      Nice lens! Your recipe sounds yummy! Thanks for joining Vegetarian Bean Recipes

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      avocado47 8 years ago

      I'm not officially a vegetarian, but I do go through long stretches where I don't eat meat. This soup looks so good - I'm going to have to try it. 5*

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      Sniff It Out 8 years ago

      That looks like a good hearty soup for this time of year, a welcome addition to The Cooks Cafe group!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love a good hot soup in the winter time. YOur Bean and Pasta Soup looks yummy.

      Great lens


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      ArtSiren LM 9 years ago

      [in reply to CleanerLife]

      If you're a meateater, you can also use the original recipe with chicken stock. I eat meat as well, but am partial to vegetarian recipes, and try to do without any meat at least two days per week.

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      CleanerLife 9 years ago

      Mixed bean and pasta soup looks really good. I'm a meat eater, so if I make it for myself, I might have to eat it with a ham & cheese sandwich.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      We make a lot of beans soups, and they're always delicious. I'll try it with pasta shells next time. Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.