- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 1-1/2 cups finely chopped cabbage
- 1 celery rib, chopped
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup ditalini or other small pasta
- Grated Parmesan cheese, optional
- In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain.
- Transfer to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, beans, carrots, cabbage, celery, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until vegetables are tender.
- Stir in pasta. Cover and cook on high 30 minutes longer or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle with cheese if desired. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Reviews forSlow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli
"This soup is delicious, but as to it getting too thick- the broth will be absorbed by the pasta and beans the longer it sits. So you would need to this it out with some extra broth. I would skip the cabbage. Carrabba's minestrone includes cabbage, in that soup it's considered a key ingredient. But not in this one."
"I got the inside scoop straight from an OG chef - and this is not even close to being a copycat! As loverton says - OG doesn't have cabbage in their soup - but they DO have V8 juice (1-12oz can) and 2 kinds of beans. (red kidney & great northern-1 can each with liquid) 1-15oz can tomato sauce, 1T white vinegar. Bon Appetit."
"Tastes good but it is not like Olive Garden's. They don't have cabbage in their soup."
"I followed the recipe to a "T" and ended up with something that was more of a side dish rather than a soup as the liquid had evaporated. The next day I added another 36 oz container to a small portion of the soup (?) and again, the liquid was absorbed or evaporated. I prefer soups in which the meat and veggies are swimming in a liquid. What went wrong here?"
"This was easy to make and the whole family enjoyed. I didn't have any cabbage but other than that I followed the recipe. I will definitely make again."
"This was good but a little to thick .I added a few other spices to it and used italian sausage . Next i will add more liquid to it ."
"Really, really good and very much like the restaurant version! I substituted spicy Italian sausage for the ground beef -- husband loved it! (He did pick out the cabbage but oh well.) It freezes well too, for those of us with smaller families."
"Delicious! So easy to put together. Made it exactly as printed, with the exception of the cabbage. Did not have any on hand, so substituted spinach. This was so good and even better the next day for lunch. Thank You!"
"I made this on the stove and it turned out great and delicious. It may have been even better the next day for lunch!"