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Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Recipe

Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Recipe

This chunky soup is good to the last spoonful. It's my go-to recipe because it's so hearty and we all always want more. —Penny Novy, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 7-1/2 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 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


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups (calculated without cheese): 258 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 885mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 6g fiber), 17g protein.

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Mich1j User ID: 6527051 260492
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2017

"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."

Ruffshse User ID: 4225266 260034
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2017

"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 ."

Susie77 User ID: 98373 256910
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2016

"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."

oreo95 User ID: 2985724 248118
Reviewed May. 12, 2016

"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!"

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 245038
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"It was good but a bit lacking in the seasoning department. I used ground turkey rather than beef since that's what I had on hand. I would make again but add some more seasonings!"

luann8190 User ID: 6756458 240532
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"I made this on the stove and it turned out great and delicious. It may have been even better the next day for lunch!"

ECassar User ID: 5849654 238571
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"Delicious. I exchanged some of the vegetables for what I had. It was very thick and wonderful."

Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 237438
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"This soup was easy and yummy.Because I wanted it for dinner tonight I made it on top stove instead of slow cooker.After adding all ingredients I simmered it for an hour adding elbow macaroni (I didn't have any datalini )the last 15 minutes."

Newsynurse User ID: 7417066 237369
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2015

"Shame on you who rate a recipe without actually making it!!!"

aldie User ID: 8615908 237335
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2015

"This was a traditional soup in my Italian family. We used pancetta, or Italian bacon if you will, and we didn't use a crock pot, beans were soaked overnight, and then fully cooked. we also pureed some of the beans leaving the rest whole. Never the less, I will give this a try to see how it compares to my mon's soup. I have only given it a 3 star as I am unsure of the way it tastes will try to review again once made"

trolleystation88 User ID: 4832426 233407
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2015

"This soup is soooo easy and taste soooo delicious. I made the whole batch. There are only two of us, so I froze two quarts to enjoy when soup weather arrives. Thanks for the recipe."

dennis00castro User ID: 8203801 217262
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"This looks good but from what I have seen and read traditional pasta Fegioli is meatless. I'm not rating this until I make it. I'll omitt the beef. I had to submit a rating In order to post."

AEBryant User ID: 8199892 217010
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"I made this today and it's great!! Will make this again."

Orbs User ID: 7287623 139363
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"I made 1/2 the recipe for my husband and I for lunch. I substituted Morning Star Crumbles for the ground turkey and substituted Better Than Bouillon chicken No chicken Bouillon for the chicken broth. I served it over tortellini. It's delicious. Thanks, Penny."

ma7girls User ID: 7338694 198704
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"when i make mine its the same but instead of cabbage i use spinach or swiss chard"

cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 195990
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"I doubled the hamburger (I have carnivore males in my family) and this made a hearty, tasty soup that made a lot. I will definitely make it again, especially in cold winter weather. Just 2 tweaks: I'll try reducing the dried basil to 1 teaspoon as I thought it was a tad overwhelming, and will add about 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to perk it up."

LivDuncan User ID: 7555183 152914
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"My husband is very particular about trying new dishes. I made this for him, and he was skeptical at first, but once he tasted it he was hooked. He loves it when I make this dish, and there is never any left uneaten...the left overs are eaten very quickly."

PandaLHU User ID: 6495209 200383
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"It was yummy - just in the end not much liquid so next time I will add a little more stock"

bschuck User ID: 3529989 125826
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"Awesome recipe! Very simple to make & extremely tasty."

Roseh5 User ID: 7054169 189869
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"Yummy and easy to make, but I did add more garlic, another teaspoon of basil and a teaspoon of Italian seasoning. A very filling soup."

Penngirl1974 User ID: 7435927 188105
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"easy to make, and tasty, but I would add more spices next time."

dcscake_OH User ID: 228890 199942
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"My family loved this soup, as pasta e Fagioli is one of their favorites. We make it a lot. I usually serve it with bread sticks, with garlic butter brushed on it."

QNAUTHOR User ID: 6140986 213472
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"This recipe is very easy and a lot healthier than the recipe I usually use. My family liked it just as much. This is definitely a keeper.

I agree with GI Glo - Peaple like Dilli should not review something until they have made it. Otherwise it defeats the whole purpose of the review.,"

lilmistakesimake User ID: 7503612 125824
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"We make this alot....and everyones enjoyed the recipe and always feels plenty full afterwards. I like to serve this eith garlic toast or a baguette with butter and garlic powder sprinkled on before toasting it. A great slow cooker recipe. Ty."

kissmekate22 User ID: 5636600 198700
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"I read reviews to see how someone likes a recipe but all too often its a waste of time since people rate recipes that they've not even tried! so since I must rate this to give this comment I'll

give it 5 stars!"

G.I.Glo User ID: 5794136 140656
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"Dilli - How can you rate something with only 3 stars when you haven't even made it? Ridiculous! This was FANTASTIC and a KEEPER."

jemsmommy User ID: 3327571 200380
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"I will definitely make this, but I will use italian sausage. Nothing takes the place of that flavor!"

Dilli User ID: 7204156 195989
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"I have to give this a try. I've always made pasta fagioli with pancetta or a meaty ham bone and home made cannilli beans. This might be less work and quicker."

marekate User ID: 5548020 188103
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"I would cook the pasta separately , and add it to the soup when serving it, i hate it when the pasta gets bloated."

tgorman User ID: 2517433 189868
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"So good!! I made this as directed and it was amazing! Everyone loved it. This will go on our list of favorites."

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