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Wagon Wheel Pasta Recipe – Pasta e Fagioli

Wagon wheel pasta is such a fun shape. In Italian, it’s called rotelle, which means little wheels. I use wagon wheels in pasta e fagioli, a hearty pasta and bean soup.

Wagon wheel pasta

Pasta e Fagioli With Wagon Wheel Pasta

Pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans) is comfort food at its finest It’s loaded with both beef and veggies and doesn’t hit you with any strong or exotic flavors (unless you go heavy on the Tabasco sauce). It is most notably found at Olive Garden, but they use ditalini pasta. Making it with wagon wheels pasta makes it extra fun and kids love it!

The recipe makes nine quarts – so get out a big stock pot and cook it up to share with friends, or freeze some to enjoy on that first snowy day when you don’t want to leave the house.

Raw wagon wheel pasta

Best Tips for Cooking

You can play around with the measurements in this recipe. If you love carrots, go ahead and add more. If you don’t love beans, add less.

Wagon wheel pasta takes 7-8 minutes to cook. Refer to the package for exact cooking time recommendations.

When using this pasta in soup recipes, cook the pasta separately. If you cook the pasta in the soup or mix it with the soup before serving, it will become too soggy.

For use in soups or in pasta bakes, it is better to undercook than to overcook the pasta. You don’t want it to get soggy.

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Pasta e Fagioli with Wagon Wheel Pasta

Pasta e fagioli is comfort food at its finest. It's loaded with both beef and veggies and doesn't hit you with any strong or exotic flavors.
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword homemade pasta e fagioli, pasta e fagioli, pasta e fagioli recipe, wagon wheel pasta, wagon wheel pasta recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 238.81kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 large carrots sliced thin
  • 4 stalks celery sliced thin
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 43.5 ounces diced tomatoes 3 14.5 ounce cans, not drained
  • 16 ounces light red kidney beans drained
  • 16 ounces great northern beans drained
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
  • 26.5 ounces spaghetti sauce
  • 1 pound wagon wheel pasta cooked according to package instructions

Instructions

  • Place oil and ground beef in large stew pot or kettle. Saute until beef is browned.
  • Add onions, celery, carrots and diced tomatoes.
  • Allow the meat and vegetables to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Add beans to the meat and vegetables.
  • Add the beef broth, beef stock, Italian seasoning, chopped parsley, Tabasco, pepper, and spaghetti sauce.
  • Bring the soup to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for several hours.
  • Serve over cooked wagon wheel pasta.
  • Optionally, sprinkle with shredded parmesan or Italian blend cheeses.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Pasta e Fagioli with Wagon Wheel Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238.81 Calories from Fat 34
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.74g6%
Saturated Fat 1.27g6%
Cholesterol 28.12mg9%
Sodium 445.22mg19%
Potassium 688.35mg20%
Carbohydrates 34.06g11%
Fiber 5.81g23%
Sugar 4.99g6%
Protein 17.76g36%
Vitamin A 2465.12IU49%
Vitamin C 11.69mg14%
Calcium 66.16mg7%
Iron 3.73mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Pasta E fagioli with Wagon Wheel Pasta is comfort food at its finest.  It’s loaded with both beef and veggies and doesn\'t hit you with any strong or exotic flavors. Stay at the comfort of your home during snowy days and enjoy this easy comfort food!
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9 comments on “Wagon Wheel Pasta Recipe – Pasta e Fagioli”

  1. Elianasays:

    You’re not only an awesome baker but also a great cook. This soup looks absolutely delicious!

  2. This looks yummy! I think I found a new recipe to add to my menu rotation. Thanks- it’s hard to find new recipes that will please everyone in the family.

  3. Anonymoussays:

    Congratulations on making one of the top food blogs!

    Rita
    Gluten Free

  4. Ivysays:

    I love the dry pasta picture-it’s so angelic.

  5. OMG…this brought back so many childhood memories of my mom cooking Hamburger Helper and me loving those cute little wagon wheel pasta shapes. Great recipe!!!

  6. Glendasays:

    Stef, I love that you did this with wagon-wheel pasta. Now, I have to try that. The kids will eat it up, literally! :)

    Thanks for posting, over at Busy-at-Home. I had missed the email with the new list, so I am about to pore over your site and find something yummy to try.

  7. I gave this a try. It turned out great although I made a few changes (halved the recipe, fresh tomatoes instead of stewed). Definitely a keeper.

  8. Joshuasays:

    Good old De Cecco wagon wheels (rotelle) were my favourite form of pasta growing up. They just always tasted better. Interesting take on this one (very similar to versions we have here in Abruzzo)

  9. Kathrynsays:

    I love this time of year- it’s the perfect soup weather! I recently made tortellini sausage soup, but your soup looks WAY better!

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