Crock Pot Pasta Fagioli Soup
{Winter Comfort Foods Recipe Exchange & Giveaway}

When winter sets in my family craves comfort food. Whether it's creamy casseroles, stick to your rib stews or hearty soups we love them all. Nothing hits the spot on a cold day better than a big bowl of soup. One of my favorite soups is this copy cat version of Olive Gardens Pasta Fagioli Soup.

If you're not familiar with Pasta Fagioli it's a I
talian style meatless soup with pasta and beans. I have seen this soup prepared with the addition of meat, but we prefer to stay traditional and enjoy it meatless.

Anytime I head to Olive Garden I always choose either their pasta fagioli soup or the Chicken and Gnocchi Soup. It's such a hard decision, because I love them both. This easy recipe is prepared in the crock pot, but will taste like you spent hours making it on the stove.

Don't you just love those kinds of recipes? To me this soup taste just like Olive Gardens and it only requires a few simple ingredients.
Pair this soup with a salad and fluffy bread sticks to complete your meal.

If you're looking for a great salad to serve along side this yummy soup you can try this copy cat version of Olive Gardens Salad and Salad Dressing I have posted on my blog.

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    This soup is easy peasy to make. The only prep work required is sauteing the vegetables before adding everything into the crock pot.  

    Easy Crock Pot Pasta Fagioli Soup

    1 - tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
    1 - cup yellow onion, diced
    1 - cup carrots, diced
    1 - cup celery, chopped
    1 - 26 oz jar Ragu Garden Style Tomato, Garlic and Onion Marinara Sauce
    2 - 14 oz cans low sodium chicken broth
    3 - cups water 
    salt and pepper to taste
    1 - large bay leaf
    1 - 14 oz can Bushs cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
    1 - 14 oz can Bushs light red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
    1 - cup tiny shell pasta
    Parmigiano cheese, garnish  
    Crusty Bread, Fluffy Bread Sticks & Salad

    Heat olive oil in a small skillet. add onion, celery and carrots, saute for 2 minutes. 

    In a 8 quart crock pot add marinara sauce, chicken broth, water, bay leaf, drained and rinsed beans, cooked vegetables, salt and pepper to taste. 

    Cook on high for 3 - 4 hours. The last 30 minutes of cooking add the tiny shelled pasta. Cook an additional 30 minutes. 

    Ladle into bowls and garnish with grated parmesan reggiano cheese.

    Recipe inspired by Barilla   Recipe serves:  6 - 8 

    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bush Beans. All opinions stated above are entirely my own.


    Sandy said…
    This sounds and looks fantastic, Tina!
    Michelle said…
    I pin this. It will be great for soup night.
    brlracincwgrl said…
    This looks delicious! I can't wait to give it a try! :)
    Emily said…
    Pastafagiol...yum. This looks beautiful, thank you!
    Anonymous said…
    This was delish!! We liked it so much we ate it two nights in a row with grill cheese sandwiches. Only change I made was adding 1 1/2 lbs ground beef and used Ditalini pasta. Definitely a keeper!! THANKS!
    Unknown said…
    Hi! Super delish! Does this freeze?
    Wow! This looks so great, I am drolling right now. Thank you for this recipe, I wanna try this so badly.
    Unknown said…
    Love crock pot soups! I think that because they simmer all day and develope a ton of flavor.
    Unknown said…
    I always use ditalini in mine. My family loves this and it's so easy to make.
    Unknown said…
    Sounds delicious and healthy