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Inside The Kitchen: Pasta Fagioli (But I Cheated)


I am not a soup person. I want to become that person who can whip up stews and hearty soups with the blink of an eye, but I’m just not. However, I still enjoy EATING them and I want my children to grow up loving soup just as much as I do.

Instead of never making soup at home, I decided to give up and purchase one of those pre-measured bags that you basically throw into stock with a few veggies and see how it turned out. I opted for Bean Cuisine.

It ended up tasting great! Ok, so it wasn’t as good as when my grandmother used to make it… but I’ll take what I can get on those busy nights when I don’t have time to leaf through a cookbook and whip up something spectacular.


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups celery, chopped ** I didn’t have any in the house yesterday when I made this.
  • 3 tsp. garlic, minced (6 cloves)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 14.5 oz cans beef broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


Step 1: Heat oil and combine carrots, celery, onions and garlic. NOTE: I had no celery and it was too late to run out and get some. ;(


Step 2: Add everything but the pasta (that comes in the packet) and the cheese. The packet contains a variety of beans, peas, red bell peppers, spinach, spices and celery. Cook on low for 2.5 to 3 hours. Stirring often.

The packet tells you when to add the pasta – it’s towards the tail end. Then serve and top with grated cheese.


(Not bad for something that came out of a bag right?)


Enjoy! The point of this post was to show you that those bags can result in a pretty good meal. Don’t shy away from them on nights when you need a little help in the kitchen. We all can’t be culinary geniuses every day of the week.

Bean Cuisine is a inexpensive way to serve a healthy meal to the kids. I did a quick search online and found it’s available in a few major supermarkets or Amazon.

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.