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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!
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.
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!!
Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli
- 1 pound 90/10 ground beef
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 cup diced onion
- 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
- 4 ½ cups beef stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 15 ounce can of cannelini beans, drained and rinsed
- 15 ounce can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup uncooked ditalini pasta
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- 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.
- Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
- Prior to serving, add the beans and pasta to the slow cooker. Cover and cook for another 30 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper. Remove bay leaves prior to serving.
- Keep leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week.
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Friday 8th of October 2021
Can this be made with Italian sausage for a little more flavor?
Saturday 9th of October 2021
Friday 30th of November 2018
I’m going to make this tomorrow! We are going to cut our Christmas tree out in the forrest (in Nevada) and we need something yummy and warm to keep us going! Also, as I found your recipe, I also found out about you being sick (I know it was January 2017). But I wanted to ask if you use essential oils to help you when you are sick (or to actually maintain your health so you are less likely to get sick). If you don’t already use them (because it sounds like you are already pretty proactive about your life & health) then I would love to send you a sample! You can email me [email protected] My name is Virginia Lee, a mother of 4 and I would love to thank you for your recipes!
Tuesday 23rd of January 2018
Hi! I just wanted to comment about the crazy comments some people were making about your pasta sauce recipe. I am part Italian and I also have a recipe handed down by my great-grandmother. You are absolutely right that the comments some of these people made defeat the purpose of this special, handed-down recipe. In Italy no two people make sauce the same way. Your recipe is special and I’m looking so forward to making it! It sounds amazing! Just wanted to thank you for sharing it! I can maybe see someone saying they used turkey instead of beef or something, or maybe that they modified it a bit to suit their taste, but to say it isn’t an Italian recipe is ridiculous and rude. I’m sorry you had to deal with ignorance! Thanks again!
Wednesday 24th of January 2018
Thank you so much for taking the time to write me. I so appreciate it! I hope you enjoy the pasta sauce recipe as much as our family does!
Thursday 17th of August 2017
Trying to cut way down on sodium and substituting no salt added beans, tomatoes and beef broth will fit right in. Looks really good.
Saturday 11th of March 2017
Hi! I am making a double batch of this delicious recipe and was wondering if I should adjust the cooking time?
Sunday 12th of March 2017
It should still be okay. I don't think it'll need longer than 8 hours.