February 19th, 2015

Tortellini and White Bean Soup with Pancetta

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When I make dinner, my goal is usually to serve something everyone in my family will love. But occasionally I decide to go ahead and make something that sounds good to me, even when I think the rest of the family might not like it. Like this Tortellini and White Bean Soup with Pancetta.

Tortellini and White Bean Soup with Pancetta

I live with a houseful of people who don’t like beans, so I really wasn’t sure how this would be received.

But I figured, worst case scenario, they’d all eat the tortellini. I, of course, loved this soup, and much to my surprise, so did the rest of my family.

Admittedly, some of the kids left quite a few beans in the bottom of their bowl, but my husband, the most vocal bean-hater of us all, ate every bite and went back for seconds.

Because really, when your meal is loaded with cheese-filled pasta and pancetta, who is going to notice a few beans anyway.

Tortellini and White Bean Soup with Pancetta

Preparation 5 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 20 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 16-20 ounces cheese tortellini
  • 2 cans white beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the pancetta, garlic, shallots, carrots and thyme and cook until the pancetta is crispy, 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add the tortellini and beans and simmer until tortellini is tender. (Cooking time will vary depending on whether your pasta is fresh or frozen).
  3. Stir in fresh parsley and season with pepper, to taste. Serve with Parmesan cheese for garnish.
2 reviews

 Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Everyday Pasta by Giada De Laurentiis



  1. Hi Danelle – This soup looks perfect for a cold day! Thank you!

  2. This soup sounds good to me, too. I love both tortellini and beans in my soup, so this would hit the spot. 🙂

  3. Absolutely delicious! So glad to see pancetta instead of bacon. A little heavy on the beans so we may scale it back next time but definitely a keeper!


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