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Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli

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A thick and hearty slow cooker meal. This slow cooker pasta fagioli is full of hearty beef, beans, veggies, and pasta. Makes for great comfort food in the cooler months or for busy weeks that leftovers won't get boring!

We woke up to snow on Saturday morning! It was suuuuper cold so the snow was basically like powder. So light and didn’t even need shoveling; my favorite kind! I had been extremely sick the past week, too, and had been up every single night during the week coughing my lungs out and not getting any sleep. It was completely miserable. Like, I wanted to sleep but my body wouldn’t let me so therefore, the lack of sleep just kept the sickness around longer. I finally was able to get 12 hours of sleep each night on Friday and Saturday and I’m taking the day off of work today to recoup some more, but I’m already feeling like a new person. Sleep does wonders to your body!

The snow and cold weather this weekend made me crave comfort foods. Hearty, thick, greasy foods. This slow cooker pasta fagioli would have been the perfect cure!

A thick and hearty slow cooker meal. This slow cooker pasta fagioli is full of hearty beef, beans, veggies, and pasta. Makes for great comfort food in the cooler months or for busy weeks that leftovers won't get boring!

I love making slow cooker meals such as this because it makes a lot so you can reheat it easily for leftovers throughout the week. I know not everyone likes leftovers but I am one of the biggest leftover fans. I don’t see how anyone can dislike leftovers but we all have our own personal preferences! Sure, it’s the same thing but if it’s a dish you loved, having it another night is great, right?! Or if you’re having a busy week, having leftovers is a great way to not have to worry about dinner.

A thick and hearty slow cooker meal. This slow cooker pasta fagioli is full of hearty beef, beans, veggies, and pasta. Makes for great comfort food in the cooler months or for busy weeks that leftovers won't get boring!

This slow cooker pasta fagioli is filled with hearty ingredients and takes no time to whip up. Full of meat, beans, pasta, and veggies. You simply brown the meat and then pour all the ingredients into the slow cooker and let it cook for 8 hours. An absolute must-make for this cold weather!!

A thick and hearty slow cooker meal. This slow cooker pasta fagioli is full of hearty beef, beans, veggies, and pasta. Makes for great comfort food in the cooler months or for busy weeks that leftovers won't get boring!

A thick and hearty slow cooker meal. This slow cooker pasta fagioli is full of hearty beef, beans, veggies, and pasta. Makes for great comfort food in the cooler months or for busy weeks that leftovers won't get boring!
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Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 10 mins
 

This slow cooker pasta fagioli is full of hearty beef, beans, veggies, and pasta. Makes for great comfort food in the cooler months or for busy weeks that leftovers won't get boring!

Ingredients
  • 1 pound 90/10 ground beef
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1: 28- ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 4 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1: 15- ounce can of cannelini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1: 15- ounce can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup uncooked ditalini pasta
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet and break into tiny pieces. Cook until no longer pink. Then add to the insert of a slow cooker, along with the remaining ingredients except the beans and pasta.

  2. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

  3. Prior to serving, add the beans and pasta to the slow cooker. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes.

  4. Season with salt and pepper. Remove bay leaves prior to serving.

  5. Keep leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week.

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Posted on January 09, 2017

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  1. Julie
    01/09/2017 at 8:52 am

    There is a lot of nasty stuff going around. I ended up with bronchitis last week and was out for days. Still have a little lingering cough.

    • Julie
      01/09/2017 at 11:55 am

      Oh no! I hope you’re on the mend!!

  2. Naomi
    01/09/2017 at 10:09 am

    So glad to hear you are on the mend! I was just there with a terrible flu!! It’s awful. But this pasta fagoli – looks awesome!

  3. Sommer @aspicyperspective
    01/09/2017 at 10:15 am

    A perfect dish for a winter time dinner!

  4. Kevin @ Closet Cooking
    01/09/2017 at 11:25 am

    What a tasty looking pasta fagioli!

  5. Jenny Flake
    01/09/2017 at 12:35 pm

    What a perfect dinner idea! Love this!

  6. Maggie Strickland
    01/09/2017 at 2:46 pm

    Could you please indicate how many people a recipe serves. This one does not say.
    Thank you.

    • Julie
      01/09/2017 at 4:50 pm

      Sorry, I missed that in this recipe. About 6-8.

  7. Maria
    01/09/2017 at 4:30 pm

    Its always a good meal when my slow cooker can do all the work for me!

  8. Beth
    01/09/2017 at 4:31 pm

    Wow that looks amazing!

  9. John Forsyth
    01/09/2017 at 4:40 pm

    Do you think I could substitute ground chicken and chicken stock?
    Thank you

    • Julie
      01/09/2017 at 4:50 pm

      Yes, definitely.

  10. 2pots2cook
    01/10/2017 at 3:27 am

    Beautiful, warm, comforting, balanced, tasty. I’m in. Thank you and have a pleasant day !

  11. Paul D. Fahs
    01/11/2017 at 3:05 pm

    I love Pasta Fagioli, the recipe sounds delicious. But makes a little too much for just me. So, I’m going to cut & play around with the recipe. I have a small 1 1/2 quart slow cooker, so 1/2 – 1/3 of the recipe might work.
    PS: unfortunately, I’m not a big left over fan. Thanks Julie

    • Julie
      01/11/2017 at 6:50 pm

      I love that you are willing to play around with the recipe to suit your needs! I totally understand not being a leftover fan. It’s not for everyone, however, I hope you enjoy this recipe if you make it!

  12. Lisa
    01/15/2017 at 11:47 pm

    Looks yummy!!!
    Any nutrition information available?

    • Julie
      01/17/2017 at 3:26 pm

      Unfortunately, no. There are many reasons as to why I don’t post nutritional information on my recipes, one of which is that I simply do not have the time to do this. Also, I’m not a registered dietician or nutritionist so for me to give any sort of nutritional information would be incorrect and inaccurate. There are also many differing factors when it comes to nutritional information and since I do not have the knowledge in this, I do not feel comfortable posting this sort of information. If you must have this information, there are many calculators out there (free and paid) that can help you with calculations. A simple Google search would pull up some of these calculators, but again, I’m not endorsing them as I do not know how accurate they may be.

  13. Stacie
    01/17/2017 at 11:31 am

    Hi. Wondering if anyone has made this? I have everything and was planning on it for dinner..

  14. Daphne
    01/23/2017 at 10:30 am

    This recipe looks great! However, I have never seen this type of pasta before. Do you think I could substitute it with some other pasta that cooks quickly, such as macaroni?

    • Julie
      01/23/2017 at 4:38 pm

      Yes, definitely! Macaroni would work great.

  15. RossC
    01/27/2017 at 5:50 pm

    So pleased to find this recipe.. Perfect for dinner with friends on a cold night before playing cards..(That’s what we old folks do these days..)

    Just a note for those who may wonder… I’ve been using mac salad pasta in recipes calling for ditalini pasta for many years.. I live in a heavily Italian populated area and have never found ditalini pasta in the stores…Go figure… :O)

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