This Pasta Fagioli Soup recipe combines beef, pasta and a host of great Italian inspired ingredients to make a badass crock pot soup. Here’s the deal… it calls for ditalini pasta. This pasta is not your standard selection and you might have to look in the expensive section. You only will have to pay like a dollar more that saw a bag of bow tie and it is worth it. Yes you can use something else but it will take away from the soup. Don’t complain to us if you switch pastas and it sucks. We have warned you to use the ditalini pasta. Besides that… this recipe is better than Olive Garden’s… Yes, we went there and stand by it.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
- 1 cup diced carrots (about 2 medium)
- 1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp)
- 3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
- 2 14.5 oz cans low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 cup water, then more as desired
- 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes (we like petite diced)
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 3/4 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup dry ditalini pasta
- 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15 oz) can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- Finely shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese , for serving
- 3 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
- Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat and cook beef. Salt and pepper that bad boy. (You can also just put the raw beef in the crockpot with everything else. Cook on low for 8 hours.
- If you precook the beef, keep reading…
- In the crock pot, add onions, carrots, celery and garlic
- Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, water, canned tomatoes, beans, sugar, basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram and cooked beef then season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
- When ready to eat, prepare ditalani pasta according to directions on package, cooking to al dente. You can either portion it our individually (we prefer this way) or add it all in the soup.
- Top with parsley and grated Romano or Parmesan cheese if you want. Not really needed.
** Helpful badass note: If you don’t plan on eating all of the soup right away we recommend adding the pasta to individual servings. Otherwise pasta gets soggy and absorbs too much broth. So just portion it out individually.
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