This Italian pasta fagioli soup is fairly healthy and tasty, and easy to make in a slow cooker.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
4 hrs 5 mins
4 hrs 25 mins
12 servings


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease. Transfer beef into a slow cooker.

  • Add beef stock, diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, red and white kidney beans, beef broth, onion, carrots, celery, parsley, oregano, pepper, salt, and hot sauce to the slow cooker.

  • Cover and cook on Low for 7 to 8 hours or on High for 4 to 6 hours, adding pasta in during the last 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use venison in place of ground beef, and bow-tie pasta in place of ditalini.

Nutrition Facts

355 calories; protein 21.8g; carbohydrates 32.5g; fat 14.6g; cholesterol 47.7mg; sodium 1072mg. Full Nutrition


Rating: 5 stars
2.27.21 Got this going early in the day and enjoyed a hearty, robust soup for dinner with a side salad and a hot baguette. The ditalini goes in for the last 15 minutes, and honestly, the soup was very liquid-y at that point. But the pasta soaked up a lot of the broth, and the soup ended up with just about perfect consistency. Very tasty soup, definitely would make again. Thanks for submitting your recipe Stephen Williams, we enjoyed it! Read More
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It was a hit. I did modify a bit. I used 1 lb burger and 1lb mild Italian sausage. Used 2 lg cans of beans and more noodles so then I used another beef broth. I also topped with shredded parm! Delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is a tastey soup. I ran into one issue, I could not fit the 4 cups of beef broth so I just used as much as my slow cooker had room for and I have a large pot too. I also used more carrots, celery, and pasta than the recipe. i will make again for sure. It would go great with garlic bread or French or sourdough. Read More
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Loved it. It came out s I mply perfect. This dish is a 10. Read More
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I loved the ease of this recipe. I made it with only a few minor substitutions because of what I had on hand. You could modify the recipe in dozens of ways and still have a winner. I was afraid of the Tabasco, so only used a couple of drops. I put everything except the pasta in the slow cooker before bedtime and let it cook overnight. It barely fit in my 12 cup cooker, and is so hearty that I would prefer it with more broth. It should freeze well. Will definitely make it again. Read More
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Turned out great! Hubby loved it! I served with garlic breads sticks like Olive Garden. Goo a have those! Read More
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Delicious especially from day 3 onwards. Beefy undertone gives yummy oomph. Read More
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Absolutely delicious recipe that I highly recommend. Made it just as the recipe said and we sprinkled parmesan cheese on when serving. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
This is not...... Pasta fagiole my mother used to make it she got the recipe from her friend that was Czechoslovakian and came over to the US after WWII It makes me want to dig it out (I have 30-40 cook books and countless recipes) And it's not a soup it's a thicker dish with dumplings and beef rouk (sp) and I believe pinto beans Read More