Pork & Pasta e Fagioli

Pork and pasta pairings are more than just great alliteration—they're affordable and easy to make meals.

Partner: Manitoba Pork

Manitoba Pork is the representative organization for all pork producers in Manitoba, with a mission to foster the sustainability and prosperity of the hog sector for the good of pork producers and all Manitobans.

Prep Time:
20 minutes
Cook Time:
30 minutes
Total Time:
4 servings


1 ½ cups (375 mL) small pasta shapes
1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
1 lb (0.5 kg) lean ground pork
1 cup (250 mL) diced yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large carrots, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
5 cups (1.25 L) sodium-reduced chicken broth
1-28 oz (796 mL) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1-19 oz (540 mL) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup (125 mL) tomato passata*
1 tsp (5 mL) EACH dried basil leaves, dried oregano leaves and dried rosemary leaves
Pinch red pepper flakes
¼ cup (50 mL) chopped fresh Italian parsley
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)


  1. In large pot of boiling water, cook pasta until tender but firm; drain. Set aside.
  2. In large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Brown pork until no pink remains, breaking up large pieces with spatula, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add onion and garlic; stir to combine. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add carrots, celery, broth, tomatoes, kidney beans and passata. Stir and bring to a boil.
  5. Add basil, oregano, rosemary, red pepper flakes and parsley. Stir to combine.
  6. Reduce heat to medium. Cook 20-25 minutes or just until carrots are tender crisp.
  7. Reduce heat to low. Add pasta; mix gently and allow soup to simmer, about 2 minutes.
  8. Season soup with salt and pepper according to taste.
  9. Ladle soup into bowls. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.


*Tomato passata is an uncooked tomato purée that has been strained of seeds and skins. It has a velvety smooth texture and comes in a glass bottle. If you cannot find it in the grocery isle, substitute 1 part tomato paste mixed with 2 parts water.


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