Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli soup is a healthy lightened up and hearty stick-to-your-ribs dish perfect for a chilly day. Best of all, this copycat recipe Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli soup is healthier with gluten free options.
So today I am sharing one of his all-time favorite soups from Olive Garden – Pasta e Fagioli. I call it pure comfort food at it’s best. It’s a super hearty, thick Italian soup loaded with veggies, meat and beans.
Best of all, this yummy and healthy pasta e fagioli soup is made in a slow cooker so it’s perfect for busy weeknights.
The best part is, this lightened-up version clocks in at less than 300 calories per a generous size serving. And I think it’s just as comforting and hearty as the one we had.
With a ton of healthy veggies like carrots, celery and zucchini. Making it in the slow cooker makes this even more perfect for busy weeknights.
Now, there is a little bit of prep time involved. It’s not hard at all though.
I like to brown the meat (extra-lean ground turkey) with a pinch of red pepper flakes in a skillet before adding it into the slow cooker. Totally optional but it gives this soup that extra bump of flavor.
Everything else except for the beans, zucchini and pasta get added to the crock-pot to cook low and slow. 30 minutes before serving, you add in those remaining ingredients and cook on HIGH, until the pasta is tender.
This helps the pasta not get soggy by adding it near the end.
If you plan on freezing this soup, I would leave out the pasta and cook it separately on the stove whenever you’re planning to serve it. That way, the pasta doesn’t end up getting soggy.
Make Ahead Tips for this Pasta e Fagioli Soup:
- Cut the carrots, celery and zucchini the night before and store into zip-top bags in the fridge
- Brown the meat the night before and store in an air-tight container in the fridge
- If using dried beans instead of canned, cook and drain ahead of time and store in an airtight container in the fridge
- Leave out the pasta if freezing this and only add the pasta if you plan on enjoying this on the same day
This recipe is one of those dishes that tastes even better the next day once the flavors have had a chance to meld together. It’s healthy comfort food at it’s best.
The leftovers make a perfectly filling lunch for the week and always hits the spot on a chilly winter day.
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