Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup

Super Easy Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup. Rich, hearty and loaded with veggies and meat. A perfect, comforting soup for Fall!


Hi guys! It’s Kelley back from Chef Savvy! Today I am sharing one of my favorite soups: Pasta e Fagioli. This is comfort food at it’s best.  Super hearty, meaty, thick Italian soup loaded with veggies, meat and beans.

Best of all this soup is made in a slow cooker. That means little to no prep time and lots of flavor. This soup simmers low and slow for 8 hours!


This soup takes just a bit of prep time and is super easy to throw together. I like to brown the meat for extra flavor and throw it into the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients. I like to add in the pasta and beans about 30 minutes before serving. This ensures they are tender but not soggy.

Serve the soup with a side salad, crusty bread and dig in!


3.7 from 3 reviews
Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup
Serves: 8
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 whole carrots, diced
  • 4 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) beef broth
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup ditalini pasta, uncooked
  1. Add olive oil to a large skillet and add in ground beef. Cook until browned and no longer pink.
  2. Place the beef in a slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients except for the beans and pasta.
  3. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. 30 minutes before serving stir in beans and pasta.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Discard bay leaves before serving.
  5. Serve immediately while hot.


Looking for some more Slow Cooker Recipes? Here are a few of my favorites!

1. Mexican Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

2. Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce

3. Slow Cooker Chili

4. Slow Cooker Asian Sesame Meatballs


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  1. This is my favorite soup at Olive Garden, but I’ve never tried making it. Thanks for sharing! I’ll give it a try. 🙂

  2. Hi, 2 cans of beef broth are enough?

  3. What size crock pot does this fit in?

  4. I hope that Mc Cormick recipes will come in my e-mail. I was looking for the slow cooker Thigh chicken and trio veggies recipe but can’t find it… Can you send it to me? Thank you so much.

  5. I made this soup the other night and it came out more like a chili than a soup. I cooked on high for 4 hours instead of low for 8. What did I do wrong and what can I do to make it soupier?

    Other things I did differently is that I prepared the ground beef a few nights in advance and refrigerated it until I was ready to make the soup. Also had chopped the veggies in advance and refrigerated, too. I threw all ingredients in the slow cooker as directed – adding the pasta and beans at about 3 1/2 hours into the cooking time.

  6. This recipe looks delicious. and I can’t wait to try it.

  7. There is clearly an omission of garlic. This soup is very bland and, after looking at other recipes for this dish, I realized the garlic was missing!

  8. Maria Schrodi Miller says:

    Has anyone made this with ground turkey or ground chicken instead of beef?

  9. Mine turned into more of a stew rather than a soup. I won’t be using this recipe again…

  10. If I read this right, you add the cup of pasta and cook on “high” for 30 minutes. Or, you can add the pasta and cook on “low” for 30 minutes. Right?

  11. We thought this soup was very yummy. I’m not sure I know enough about what Fagioli soup should taste like to compare to a true Fagioli, but as a soup it was delicious! My husband made several comments about making it again, which means he really like it. I will add an extra can of beef broth next time to make it soupier, or at least keep one on hand to add to the leftovers. The pasta soaks up a lot of the broth. All in all tasty and I’m making it again.

  12. I have looked for a recipe for Pasta e Fagioli Soup for quite some time. I have tried several recipes. This one is by far the best. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The only change that I made was substituting spicy Italian sausage for the ground beef. Yum.

  13. Judy Wilber says:

    i know olive garden has a soup called pasta fagiole similar to this and it looks yummy no doubt…but true pasta fagiole is just that..pasta and beans in a tomato based broth…this is more like minestrone…still good just not the traditional recipe 🙂 and i should nonna made it all the time…there are variations but ours was meatless and basic peasant food 🙂

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