This dish is actually called Pasta e fagioli, meaning "pasta and beans", and is a traditional Italian dish. Popularly known as pasta fazool in the United States after its name in the Neapolitan language, pasta e fasule. The dish started as a peasant dish, being composed of inexpensive ingredients. Recipes for Pasta e fagioli vary widely, the only true requirement being that beans and pasta are included. While recipes vary from region to region it is most commonly made using cannellini beans, Great Northern beans or borlotti beans and a small variety of pasta such as elbow macaroni or ditalini.
This is my mother’s recipe and what I have eaten my entire life. It is one of my favorite meals.