Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli

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This hearty Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli soup is full of veggies, beans, beef and pasta. It can be made in the slowcooker, which means you come home to a hot, comforting meal.


Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli

I’ll admit it.

We’re not the most “cultured” family.  We like simple things…comfortable clothes, a home-cooked meal of comfort foods, and we are happy liking these simple things.  We’ll take a home-cooked meal over a fancy restaurant any day.

Sometimes, though, it is nice to go out, and one of our favorite places to eat is Olive Garden.  Anyone else have a hard time pronouncing some of the food items on their menu?  I’m hoping it is not just us.

This pasta e fagioli soup is something we often order at Olive Garden. I’m pretty sure we say the name of this soup differently every time we order it.  I try so hard to listen to the waitress as she patiently repeats the soup name said the right way, and I still can’t remember it.

…{pasta fa-zool}… {pasta fa-jo-lee}…

Let’s just say that I’m glad I’m sharing this recipe with you by writing and not by speaking.  That way those of you who know your Italian food won’t laugh at my lack of sophistication.

Regardless of the correct pronunciation, this Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli needs to be on your dinner menu this winter.  It’s chock-full of beans, tomatoes, veggies, pasta and beef.

This is going to take minimal prep in the morning.  Brown the ground beef, drain the fat, then add the beef and the rest of the ingredients to the crock pot.  Leave it to simmer all day long in the slow cooker and end up with a hearty soup for your family dinner!

Here’s a serving hint…

Matt and I try to limit the amount of carbs we have.  So when a soup calls for rice or noodles, we cook them separately.  That way, the kids can still enjoy the little bit of pasta in the soup, but we can have it without!

So how do you pronounce this soup’s name?


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Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli

4.73 from 11 votes
This hearty soup is full of veggies, beans, beef and pasta. It can be made in the slowcooker, which means you come home to a hot, comforting meal.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes

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  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery chopped
  • 2 cans petite diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces each) undrained
  • 1 can red kidney beans drained and rinsed (15.5 ounces)
  • 1 can great northern beans drained and rinsed (15.5 ounces)
  • 32 ounces beef stock
  • 3 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 3 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce optional
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce (24 ounces)
  • 2 cups uncooked small shell pasta


  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain off the fat and put it in a slow cooker.
  • Add all of the ingredients except for the pasta. 
  • Cook the soup on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours. 
  • With one hour left, add in the uncooked pasta. Cover again and cook until pasta is tender.
  • You can also cook the pasta separately and add it to the soup after cooking.
  • Serve!



You can use black beans in place of the kidney beans if you'd like.


Serving: 421g | Calories: 576kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 7g
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 576
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Becki Lynn
10 months ago

5 stars
Very Good indeed! Although I had used the only can of beans I had available at the time ( which were kidney beans & navy beans) it still came out pretty decent! Loved it! Very hearty for the men in your life! It’s a definite win- win… I’ll be cooking this again! Haha 😂

3 years ago

5 stars
Made this for dinner yesterday. It was fantastic. Thank you for the recipe.

Ed Wolf
4 years ago

What size cooker was used. I have a 8 qt. Just need to know if i have to adjust the ingredients. Thanks

Jennifer Briones
5 years ago

What was the size of the slow cooker that you used?

5 years ago

Are the oregano and parsley fresh or dried herbs?
Sounds great.

6 years ago

Can’t wait to try your Beef Stew and Pasta Fagioli. Great recipes. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8 years ago

4 stars
Delicious! I have also made this with ground turkey and chicken broth (veg stock can be used too. I tried that when I was out of chicken broth) and left out the tobacco for the turkey version. Made it for a card and supper night and everyone at the table gave it high praise. All took home the recipe!

9 years ago

4 stars
This was very good. I added more of the veggies and added potatoes and tomato paste. Fabulous!

lorraine williamson
10 years ago

Hi love your version very easy and uses my favourite cooking tool the crock pot following from moonlight and mason jars I’m lorraine at

10 years ago

What a delicious recipe and perfect for a cold night! Thank you for sharing at Moonlight and Mason Jars! Pinning 🙂