Skillet Pasta Fagioli

  Southern Living Quick and Easy had this recipe for Skillet Pasta Fagioli which I decided to try. Really it is a glorified casserole, but done in one pan. I had to look up what Fagioli was, Pasta with beans. 
  This is somewhat different in that it is not a soup as several recipes I saw were, and that it has buttermilk and chili powder in it. Seems like a strange combination with the oregano and thyme, but it works. Some grated Parmesan cheese was good with it.
  I made the full recipe and it was enough for five of us with some left for lunches. 
  If the picture looks familiar, it is because I used it for a post about the biscuits. I plated everything up as that is the easiest when you are feeding 5 people in a small kitchen. Hence, no separate picture of the casserole or biscuits. Don’t let the list of ingredients scare you, it is quick to put together, remember one pan!
Skillet-Style Pasta Fagioli
1 pound of pork sausage or ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 16 ounce can of tomatoes*
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup of uncooked elbow macaroni
1 (16 ounce) can of kidney beans
1 ½ teaspoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
½ teaspoon each dried oregano and thyme
  Brown meat, onion, garlic, in large skillet; drain of any grease. Add remaining ingredients; stir. Cover; place on high heat until steaming. Reduce heat to low and simmer 25 minutes or until macaroni is cooked. 
Yield 6 to 8 servings
* Canned tomatoes and canned kidney beans are now in smaller size cans. I added an ounce and a half of water to make up for the smaller amount of tomatoes, and just used the size of kidney beans that I had. They are now 15 ounces. You have to add the extra ounce of water so there is enough liquid for the macaroni.


  1. This looks a lot like what we always called "Slumgullion"! My kids loved it. No buttermilk or beans in it though. I'll have to try this version.

  2. I was surprised at the buttermilk also, but it worked. The beans of course are what makes it a Fagioli. Also adds some fiber to the recipe and stretchs the meat a little further.

  3. Hi,
    I've been following your website for a while and decided to make this last night. What a great recipe! Wasn't sure about the buttermilk but, we really liked it. This was fast, easy and enjoyed by all of our family. Thank you.

  4. So glad you liked it. I wasn't sure about the buttermilk either, but we like it and I fix it at least once a month.

  5. I had seen this in a magazine yrs ago and we loved it. I had lost my recipe and finally found yours! I usually rinse my beans.

  6. Glad we could help you with a lost recipe. I will have to try rinsing the beans the next time I make this.

  7. I had lost my recipe too and also rinse the beans. Thanks for posting!


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