The slow cooker makes it easy to prepare delicious Pasta Fagioli Soup, similar to the restaurant version from Olive Garden.Jump to Recipe
When we go to Olive Garden, I love to get the Soup, Salad, and Breadstick meal. Their salad is delicious and the breadsticks are heavenly. But the soups, those are where it’s at! It’s been a while since we were there (thanks COVID) but last time I tried the Pasta Fagioli for the first time.
Pasta Fagioli translates to pasta and beans. Those are the only two requirements for the meal. It must contain both pasta and beans. For my recipe, I used white beans and macaroni noodles.
Typically, I get the Chicken Gnocchi Soup. I love it so much, that was one of the first copycat recipes I ever made. But this time, I wanted to try the Pasta Fagioli at home. Since it’s a soup, I figured the slow cooker would be a great way to make this. My parents have an ollllllllld recipe book that came with the slow cooker they got for their wedding (I think) over 30 years ago. There was a recipe for Pasta Fagioli Soup in there. So I started with that and changed some things out.
While this isn’t exactly like the soup at the Olive Garden, it’s pretty close. It’s a great way to bring that restaurant taste to your home.
If you want to try to make some breadsticks at home, you can try out my breadstick recipe. Or, if you want something easy, these breadsticks can be found in the grocery store freezer section and they are pretty good, too.
Step by Step
Brown the ground beef and drain it so you have it ready along with the other ingredients.
Combine everything in the slow cooker EXCEPT the noodles.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5 hours. Don’t forget to cook the noodles about 10 minutes before serving. Divide the pasta among serving bowls and scoop the soup over the noodles. Garnish with parmesan cheese if desired and serve warm.
Save the pasta separate from the soup. Leftover soup can be stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator once it’s cooled to room temperature. The pasta should be stored in a separate container or only cook what’s needed at the time. To reheat, place the soup in a saucepan and warm over medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Stir occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the pan. Either reheat or cook the pasta to serve with the soup. If you store the pasta with the soup, it will absorb most of the liquid and get very soft.
Originally Published On: November 24, 2020
Pasta Fagioli Soup
- 1 lb ground beef (browned and drained)
- 15 oz white beans (drained)
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 4 stalks celery (chopped)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 4 cups beef broth
- 28 oz whole tomatoes (peeled)
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp basil
- 3 cups macaroni noodles (cooked)
- Combine everything in the slow cooker EXCEPT the noodles
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 5 hours
- About 10 minutes before serving, cook the noodles according to the directions
- Divide the pasta among serving bowls and scoop the soup over the noodles
- Garnish with parmesan cheese if desired and serve warm