Slow-Cooker Pasta Fagioli Soup

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An amber-colored brothy soup is in a white bowl, ready to serve. A metallic silver spoon rests beside the bowl. Bits of ground meat, whole white and dark kidney beans, carrots, chunks of tomato, diced onions, are all visible inside the bowl of pasta classic fagioli soup.

I hadn’t made this classic Italian soup in years, but the craving for it was very real a few days back.

Pasta fagioli soup is known by a few different names and depending on family traditions or your locale, you may have heard it called pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans) or pasta fazool. I’ve always known it to be called pasta fagioli soup, so that’s the name I’m rolling with for this post!

No matter the name you use for it, a bowl full of this simple soup is hearty, flavorful, and delicious. If this recipe is new to you, I believe you are in for a real treat when you make a batch of this classic soup. You can also adjust this recipe for the stovetop, however letting it cook low and slow for a few hours really makes the flavors in this recipe pop.

Be sure to serve this slow-cooker pasta fagioli soup with warm garlic bread or buttery breadsticks. They’ll come in handy when you’re ready to sop up the amazing amber-colored broth at the bottom of the bowl!

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Slow-Cooker Pasta Fagioli Soup

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Course: Lunch, DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: easy


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This classic, simple Italian soup is sure to be a family favorite. It’s a comforting soup for for a cold winter evening.


  • 1 pound ground beef (I used ground sirloin)

  • 1 half of yellow onion, coarsely chopped

  • 2 medium cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 medium carrots, diced

  • 2 medium stalks celery, sliced

  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (I used McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian)

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 – 2 teaspoons hot sauce, to taste (I used Tabasco brand)

  • 2 (15 oz) cans fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained

  • 8 cups beef broth or 8 cups of water with the appropriate amount of beef-flavored bouillion

  • 1 can (15 oz) Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 can (15 oz) dark kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1-1/4 cups ditalini or elbow macaroni pasta


  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain drippings if they are excessive, and then transfer the cooked meat to the slow cooker crock.
  • Next, add the onions, garlic, carrots, celery, spices, tomatoes and beef broth to the crock and stir to mix. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
  • At the 3 hour mark, add the rinsed beans and uncooked pasta to the crock and stir. Adjust spices if necessary, cover and allow to cook for an additional 30 minutes to one hour (until the pasta is tender).
  • Serve hot and enjoy! This soup is excellent with garlic bread or buttery bread sticks.


  • Recipe from A Little Fish in the Kitchen blog at All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish.


  1. That sounds fantastic, Marcelle. I think I may try a vegetarian version this week using your recipe. It’s getting chilly in the desert, and soups are really wonderful at night.

  2. Goodness, I used to make versions of this for my husband when he was a vegetarian. I’d completely forgotten about it! Thanks!

  3. This is the kind of soup I want to eat on a SNOW DAY! Now, I just need a SNOW DAY!!! I’m feeling cheated this year in Virginia!

  4. Soup is always such a comfort and I love using the slow cooker to create a homey, loving main course soup such as this. Pasta Fagioli is one of my favorites.

  5. It’s freezing cold here and a steaming hot soup is exactly what I need now. Meat and pasta are always great together and makes a lovely meal for everyday.

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