This soup is more stew like than soup. Part of my family are not fans of soups for dinner. It is a texture issue. They want to chew their meal. So, this is a bit of a compromise. This hearty “soup” is a cousin to minestrone. Thicker than minestrone and with lots of beans and pasta this is a warming hearty meal.
Verdict: This makes HUGE vat of soup. We had enough leftover for 4-5 lunch servings after having 4-5 dinner servings. It was nice to have the leftovers for few days of lunches. You may wish to halve the recipe for smaller families or appetites.
I served this with a basil foccacia as a dipping side.