pasta fagoli

A Lucky Recipe To Bring You Fortune In 2016! Easy Pasta Fagoli (Pasta Fazool) with Black Eyed Peas

According to tradition, eating Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day will bring you good fortune in the year to come.  This Pasta Fagoli is a fast and delicious way to eat your black eyed peas.

pasta fagoli

Traditionally, pasta fagoli, pronounced “pasta fazool”, is made with white (cannelini) beans, but by substituting black eyed peas this traditional Italian soup gives it a lucky twist.  Pasta Fagoli is a hearty, warm and comforting soup that is perfect for cold winter nights.  If you want, cook this in the crockpot by letting the ingredients simmer on low and add the pasta when you’re ready to eat dinner!

This Pasta Fagoli is a variation of a recipe that I found in The Sopranos’s Cookbook that DJ had when we first started dating.  It has a great collection of traditional Italian recipes that remind him of his childhood.  I like this cookbook so much because of how much we like The Sopranos.  I am pretty sure that I have seen the entire series 10 times, and God only knows how many times D.J. has seen it.  Most of the recipes reflect events that happen in the series, and it makes me smile.

pasta fagoli

Since it is said that black eyed peas are to bring prosperity in the new year, it is also said at the same time that adding greens to your black eyed peas, in this case spinach, resembles money and will bring you wealth in the new year.

pasta fagoli

With that being said, here is the recipe for Pasta Fagoli.  I wish you good luck and happiness in the year ahead.  Happy New Year!


1 can black eyed peas, drained (or white beans for a traditional pasta fagoli)
4 cups chicken stock
1 can diced tomatoes
1 zucchini, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped spinach
2 cups ditalini
2 tbsp olive oil


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook ditalini according to package directions.  Drain pasta on the side of the sink, leaving a little bit of pasta water (about 2-3 tbsp) with the ditalini. 

Meanwhile, in a large pot, heat olive oil until shimmering, add onions, carrots and zucchini and cook, stirring frequently until onions are translucent – about 8 minutes.  Add garlic and cook until fragrant – about 30 seconds.

pasta fagoli

Add beans and diced tomatoes.  Stir to combine, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom. 

pasta fagoli

pasta fagoli

Add chicken stock and spinach and bring to a boil. 

pasta fagoli

Reduce heat to low and add pasta and pasta water. 

pasta fagoli

Let simmer 15 more minutes – until veggies are tender and serve right away.


pasta fagoli

pasta fagoli

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Pasta Fagoli


  1. Jessica Sorenson

    Ugh. Only about half of these items were on the grocery list for week 1.

    • I only missed the spinach and a box of pasta which are on the monthly grocery list. The rest of the ingredients are on there!

      • Jessica Sorenson

        And the carrots. Also no spaghetti on the weekly list for the Sunday dinner. Maybe I misunderstood. I thought I could just take the weekly list to the store and it would have everything for just that week. I prefer to only do a,week at a time because we end up with at least 1 day a week that gets off track.

        • Hey!

          I noticed that I missed some stuff on the weekly lists but the ingredients are all on the monthly grocery list. I added a note to the post! Thanks for pointing it out. At some point after reading the same menu 100 times things get missed. I have fixed it so hopefully no more confusion! Fingers crossed Februarys menu has all the kinks worked out!

          Happy New Year, again!

  2. Jessica Sorenson

    This soup was super yummy! I used penne noodles because I already had them on hand and it worked out great. I also added the spinach right before serving because I don’t like my spinach cooked a lot. It was a colorful and flavorful meal.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lori Cervantes

    I’m so glad that I made this last night! It was so good! Although I had to tweak it for the resident picky eaters, lol! First, I added ground beef (since the hubby has to have meat with his meals), kept the white beans and black eyed peas, switched spinach for kale (since I had baby kale on hand), and I cooked the pasta in the stock to add a little more flavor to it. My husband had just made homemade French bread, so it was an excellent soaker of the left over “juice” in my bowl. Even the picky 8 year old had a bowl and a half. All around good meal! We all loved it! Thank you!

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