There are many recipes for pasta fazool, which the older generation of Itallians called pasta e fagioli. It’s a soupy dish, although some versions are a bit thicker. It’s largely vegetarian but there are a few recipes that call for meat.
So what distinguishes pasta fazool from, say, bean soup? For one thing, the beans should be white. And the pasta should be small, like elbow macaroni. Other ingredients include olive oil, garlic, onion, spices, and tomatoes. It’s a peasant dish that utilizes an economical source of protein, and definitely a comfort food. I’m going to make some today.