Pasta fagioli is a traditional Italian soup made with small tubular pasta, white beans and a tomato base. The relatively high calorie count is the result of the carbohydrate levels of the pasta and beans.
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Homemade pasta and beans allow you to customize the soup, adding ingredients like sausage or spinach, or utilizing different types of beans or pasta. "Taste of Home" published a recipe in September 2007 that utilized turkey sausage and had 228 calories per one and one-third cup serving.
A 19-ounce can of most commercial brands of Pasta Fagioli soup contains approximately two 1-cup servings with 160 to 180 calories each.
Italian restaurants from national chains to family-owned kitchens serve pasta fagioli. Pasta fagioli can also be found in frozen condensed packages. Each one-half cup serving has 130 calories.