One Pot Pasta e Fagioli is a hearty one pot pasta dish with pancetta, beans, kale, and plenty of parmesan.  It requires minimal prep and will become a family favorite!

One Pot 30-Minute Pasta e Fagioli in skillet with parmesan cheese

This One Pot Pasta e Fagioli is a hearty, family-friendly meal that’s ready in 30 minutes!

Pasta e Fagioli is typically a soup with pasta and beans, so this meal is a different take on that.  Most of the soup recipes that I’ve seen are made with ground meat, but the inspiration for this particular recipe came from the back of a bag of Bob’s Red Mill dried cranberry beans.  

It’s a one pot meal with pancetta, dried beans, and pasta, but it takes considerably longer to cook because of the dried beans.

One Pot 30-Minute Pasta e Fagioli in skillet with wooden spoon

While I love using dried beans in recipes, I think we can all use a recipe thats’s ready much faster.

This One Pot 30-Minute Pasta e Fagioli is the answer to all of that.

front shot of One Pot 30-Minute Pasta e Fagioli in skillet with wooden spoon

This meal is great because you can customize this by using your favorite pasta, subbing the pancetta with ground meat or bacon, and using your favorite type of beans.  I chose kidney beans for color, and the flavor was also great with the red pepper flakes and pancetta.

I added an entire bunch of kale because it’s growing like a weed in my garden, and I love the color and texture that it adds to this dish.  It makes it even heartier, and provides a nice boost of nutrition.

This One Pot 30-Minute Pasta e Fagioli is deliciously creamy, and is perfect with a good dousing of freshly grated parmesan.

overhead shot of spoon full of Pasta e Fagioli

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One Pot 30-Minute Pasta e Fagioli in skillet with parmesan cheese

One Pot 30-Minute Pasta e Fagioli

One Pot 30-Minute Pasta e Fagioli is a one pot pasta dish with pancetta, beans, and kale. It’s a hearty meal with minimal prep, and the whole family will love it!

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 4 ounces uncooked pancetta or bacon diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes use less to reduce the spiciness
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces dry orecchiette pasta or your favorite
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 14 ounces kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 bunch kale torn, or about 3 cups
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese for serving


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and pancetta and saute for 5 minutes or until the onion has softened. Add the garlic and chili flakes and cook 30 seconds more.
  • Add the chicken broth and salt to the skillet, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the pasta and beans, and bring to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally to prevent the pasta from sticking to the pan, 11-13 minutes or until the orecchiette is al dente and has absorbed the majority of the liquid. When adding the orecchiette to the pot, try to separate them as best you can with a wooden spoon so that it will cook evenly.
  • When the pasta is almost done, add the kale and stir until incorporated. Remove the pot from heat, and add salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve hot with parmesan and enjoy!


  • You can substitute the pancetta with chopped bacon or ground meat if desired.


Serving: 6servings, Calories: 375kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 823mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 5g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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