Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup


Healthier Olive Garden®-style soup with lowered salt content, turkey instead of beef, and no carrots because they are high on the glycemic index. Sprinkle some Italian cheese on top if desired.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 8 ounces ground turkey

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 3 stalks celery, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can great northern beans, rinsed and drained

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 (8 ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground thyme

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano

  • teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 8 ounces ditalini pasta


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground turkey, onion, celery, and garlic in the hot skillet until turkey is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease. Transfer to a slow cooker.

  2. Pour in kidney and great northern beans, water, tomato sauce, basil, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir well and cover. Cook until reduced and thickened, on Low for 8 hours, or High for 4 hours.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and stir into soup. Serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

366 Calories
4g Fat
61g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 366
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 9mg 43%
Calcium 119mg 9%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 655mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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