Hearty Bean and Pasta Soup recipe

A great choice of soups in Russian cuisine is explained by the folk habit to have a soup meal at least once a day. Schi, borsch, rassolnik, botvinia, ukha, okroshka, solianka and many others has been a peculiarity of Russia since ancient times. Soups can be made on meat, fish, mushroom, vegetables or milk stocks. Thick nourishing soup, a complete meal-in-a-bowl. Serve with some thick slices of good crusty bread and butter.


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 kg. can diced tomatoes
  • 300 gm can chicken broth
  • Water
  • 1-1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup small pasta (shells, macaroni, wagon wheels)
  • 500 gm can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups shredded fresh spinach


  • Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute celery, carrots, onion and garlic for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes, chicken broth, 1 soup can water for 28 oz. can tomatoes or 2 cups water for 19 oz. can tomatoes. Add basil, rosemary and sugar. Bring to a boil.
  • Stir in small pasta shells or other small pasta. Reduce heat to simmer. Simmer over medium heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until pasta is tender.
  • Stir in kidney beans and spinach and heat through, about 2 minutes. Ladle into soup bowls; sprinkle with cheese, if desired and serve immediately.

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