Pasta Soup with Potatoes, Pancetta and Mushrooms ~ ElephantEats.com

The other day got a little chilly out (FINALLY!!!) and on top of that, my office was freezing. All I could think about all day long was making soup for dinner.

I scrolled through my Pinterest soup board, which sadly doesn’t have very many options yet, and settled upon a pasta soup. I added some white beans to give it protein and mushrooms…just because I can’t NOT add mushrooms to a recipe :)

Pasta Soup with Potatoes, Pancetta and Mushrooms ~ ElephantEats.com

I recommend with any pasta soup that you only add the pasta to the amount you know you’re going to eat. Otherwise, when you go to get your leftovers, the pasta will have absorbed pretty much all of the remaining liquid. You can just add water usually, but it’s easy enough to just bring your leftover soup to a boil and cook up some new pasta in it.

I didn’t heed my own advice, so the next day when we went to eat leftovers, I added water to my portion but for Nate’s I just heated it up as-is. It was more of a pasta dish that way, which he much prefers to soup. 

Pasta Soup with Potatoes, Pancetta and Mushrooms ~ ElephantEats.com

I’m sorry for all you vegetarians (or non pork-eaters) out there, but the pancetta absolutely makes this soup. It adds so much flavor and makes it smell amazing. You could leave it out but it definitely will be a different soup altogether. 

I also highly advise you to use alphabet noodles :)

I recommend that the next day that there’s a chill in the air, you whip up a batch of this delicious soup! Serve it alongside some crusty buttered bread and you have yourself a perfect cold-weather dinner.

Pasta Soup with Potatoes, Pancetta and Mushrooms ~ ElephantEats.com

Pasta soup with Potatoes, Pancetta and Mushrooms
Serves 6
A chunky, broth-based soup perfect for a cold night!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 large leek, washed and finely chopped
  3. 9 oz. pancetta, diced
  4. 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  5. 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  6. 4 medium red-skinned potatoes, chopped into 1/2" pieces
  7. 2 quarts (8 cups) vegetable stock (or substitute chicken, beef, or duck stock)
  8. 10 oz. can diced tomatoes
  9. 15 oz. can white beans, drained and rinsed
  10. 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  11. Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  12. 2 1/4 cups (9 ounces) farfalline or another soup pasta (or even spaghetti, broken into bits)
  13. 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Sauté the leek and pancetta for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the carrot, potato and mushroom and cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the stock, tomatoes, and rosemary, bring to a boil, and then lower the heat, and simmer gently, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the pasta and beans and continue to cook over low heat, uncovered, stirring every 2 minutes, until the pasta is al dente, about 7 minutes.
  5. When the pasta is cooked to your liking, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Immediately ladle the soup into bowls. Or, ladle into bowls and sprinkle parmesan on top.
Notes
  1. If you plan to eat this again the next day, only add noodles to the portion you are going to eat immediately. Otherwise, they will absorb all the liquid by the next day.
Adapted from Leite's Culinaria
Adapted from Leite's Culinaria
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56 Comments

  1. I love that you used alphabet noodles! Those always remind me of visits to my grandmother’s cause she always added them to her chicken soups :) Also GREAT call on the pancetta! Yum!

  2. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles

    This looks like the picture of warmth and comfort and I’m all in on the alphabet soup!! ;-). Mushrooms are a fave over here too — our whole family would love this soup. Your bowl is just gorgeous Amy — I’m loving your pear themed fall styling.

    • Thanks, Kelly!!! I love pears and fall :) Which is why I bought these dishes for myself a few years ago. I little present since I was not yet married (or engaged) and thought I deserved some real grown-up plates, hehe.

  3. Oh yum, with the cooler weather I have totally been craving soup! Especially soup with alphabet letter noodles :-) Looks perfect Amy!

  4. I’ve already made a couple of soups. I’m loving the cooler weather! This sounds so good. I can definitely see how the pancetta is a must! You should check out my soup Pinterest board for more ideas. :)

  5. I love that it is soup season again! This looks like one I’d love because it is so full of different flavors. And I love your noodle choice. :)

  6. I love those noodles, always a favorite that puts a smile on my face! With the chilly weather we’re having this is just perfect!

  7. I like it when the pasta soaks up all the liquidy stuff. #IWishItWasColdHere

    • hehehe, really? I mean it’s yummy that way but definitely not soup. Awwww…i hope it gets cooler there soon! You could just crank up the AC and makes soup anyway ;)

  8. Totally agree on the pancetta and I love the alphabet noodles! I am in the mood for soup all the time right now! This one looks terrific! I want lots of broth and lots of noodles and potatoes, please!

  9. Pancetta does wonders, doesn’t it? This soup looks perfect. I’ll definitely be adding it to my must-make list for this fall. Thank you for sharing!

  10. This looks incredible Amy! I love soups and can have it anytime of the year… even in scorching hot weather, that’s how much I love soups! ;) Pancetta and mushrooms sound divine here and I love the alphabet pastas… nice touch! Have a great rest of the week.

    • I totally eat soup all year long :) Actually, my brother and i used to eat soup for breakfast when we were younger! haha…i don’t know if I’d do that now though. Thanks so much, Anne!

  11. alphabet noodles always makes us nostalgic and happy….in this chunky,hearty and all time favorite soup….perfect :-)

    • Thanks, Kumar :) i totally forgot about alphabet noodles but when I saw them in the supermarket, I couldn’t resist. So glad you stopped by!

  12. Lovely soup Amy! Great tip on the pasta! And I love using alphabet pasta.

  13. Amy, this is one delicious looking soup! Perfect dinner on a cool fall evening!

  14. This looks so cozy and comforting, Amy! I’d love to have a big bowl of it right now… I’m sure that both the mushrooms and pancetta make lovely additions and they make this soup sound so delish!

  15. I want a bowl of this even though its not as chilly here minus the pancetta :)

    • Hehehe. Well you’ll have to find a good pancetta substitute…i don’t know that there is one. But soup with alphabet noodles would be tasty no matter what :)

  16. YUM!!! We are just starting spring here in Australia. I want Fall though. WAAH.

  17. That looks so delicious! It’s hot here in Sydney now but even I would love some of that yummy soup.

  18. Yes, i could definitely see alphabet noodles being key for this! I mean, what could be better than feeling like you’re five again WHILE eating this soup.

  19. This looks delicious and perfect for the cooler weather. Love the alphabet noodles – I haven’t had those in ages! And I can imagine all the flavor from pancetta, yum!

  20. The alphabet noodles are a nice touch! This soup sounds delicious. and I’m a sucker for pancetta!!

  21. I love that this has alphabet pasta in! What a hearty soup.

  22. This looks so good and comforting, especially with the slightly cooler weather. :) yummy!

  23. As much as I love veggie soups, you’re so right about meat adding that extra umami to the broth. Also, can’t describe how happy I was to see the alphabet noodles. Hahah, happy soup weather, Amy!

  24. I love your plate and this is a very hearty, tasty looking soup. I’m a big fan of pancetta and it goes with pasta so very well xx

  25. Yummy Yummy! My boys are going to totally dig the alphabet pasta. I’m going to cut up the veg even smaller for their little mouths.

  26. I just made soup the other day too! mostly, i sit and wait, staring out the window, waiting for it to get chilly enough to warrant throwing a soup together on my stove: i love the smell in the house and i love the idea of comfort foods like that. this looks wonderful: i don’t eat a ton of meat, but you know i’m not against it, and i bet the pancetta goes a long way with flavor here. yum.

    • Mmm, I love the smell of cooking in general :) Sauteing onions reminds me of my mom cooking dinner when I was younger. I don’t eat a ton of meat either…but pancetta is a great way to infuse your dish without it being a “meat dish.”

  27. Hehehe, I love that you used alphabet noodles for this soup!

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