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Slow Cooker Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli - Everyone's FAVORITE Olive Garden soup made so easily in the crockpot! Just set it and forget it!

Everyone’s FAVORITE Olive Garden soup made so easily in the crockpot! Just set it and forget it!

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli - Everyone's FAVORITE Olive Garden soup made so easily in the crockpot! Just set it and forget it!

Guys, it’s snowing. No joke. It has been snowing two days straight in the midwest. And yes, Cartman has his winter beanie ready to go.

That being said, you can find me by the fireplace, chunky sweaters and all, with this Olive Garden favorite.

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli - Everyone's FAVORITE Olive Garden soup made so easily in the crockpot! Just set it and forget it!

A quick and easy copycat recipe, you can throw this all in the crockpot. Extra bonus points if you have one of those saute features in your slow cooker, making this a one pot meal from start to finish.

Serve with the crustiest bread and extra shaved Parmesan on top that melts right into the warm, cozy goodness.

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli - Everyone's FAVORITE Olive Garden soup made so easily in the crockpot! Just set it and forget it!

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli

Everyone’s FAVORITE Olive Garden soup made so easily in the crockpot! Just set it and forget it!

20 minutes8 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (16-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup ditalini pasta
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add sausage and onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until sausage is browned, about 5-7 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  2. Place sausage mixture into a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in chicken stock, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans, carrots, celery, garlic, basil, oregano and thyme; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 5-6 hours. Uncover and stir in pasta; cover and cook on high heat for an additional 30 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Serve immediately with Parmesan, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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47 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made just as the recipe states.  This is a delicious, very well balanced, hearty recipe. 

  2. I made this yesterday and it was DELICIOUS! The house smelled amazing while it was cooking. It was a perfect meal on such a bitter cold, snowy day! Thanks for sharing the recipe, it will def be a keeper in our house! YUM!

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Question: is the pasta dry from the box when you add it in the last 30 minutes – OR- do you pre-cook per directions on the box before adding it in? Thank you for your reply 🙂

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      I made this with ground beef. I also didn’t have the diced tomatoes as I thought I did, so I used a can of Rotel instead. It was delicious. I almost don’t even think I need the pasta in it. I’ll be making this again. 

  4. The directions have no mention of the ditalini…….(on the preparation or adding to soup). Do we add it to the crock pot??????

    • @kathy … the directions say pasta. You could the soup 7 or 8 on low then had thecoarta in the end for 30 minutes its the last step

  5. Made this tonight and will be making again. I used 90% ground beef and added zucchini to the recipe and cooked in a Dutch pot, I will try in the crock pot next time, loved the flavors so delicious.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was absolutely fabulous! I made it with turkey sausage. My husband wants it again next week

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent! I can’t compare it to Olive Garden because I haven’t been in years, but this soup is great! The whole family loved it. I served it with garlic bread and a salad. I wouldn’t mind a copy cat of those 2 things myself!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    We just got finished eating this! It was delicious, whole family enjoyed. Super easy to put together and I love that it makes enough for leftovers. Perfect for this snowy day today.

  9. My family really enjoyed this soup!  Followed recipe exactly and it turned out great! Served with salad and pepperoni/cheese bread.  Made a great dinner before heading out to see Christmas lights! 

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Smelling delicious – silly question…should the pasta be cooked when you put it in at the end or not?

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      Kalsey, the pasta shouldn’t be cooked. I think you’ll find it’ll go very quickly that last half hour because the rest of it has been cooking for so long. Hope this helps.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made on the stove. Total cook time about 1 hr, including saute veggies. Used ground turkey instead of sausage. Wow! Incredibly delicious. Thank you for another fantastic recipe!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    My family really enjoyed this soup!  Followed recipe exactly and it turned out great! Served with salad and pepperoni/cheese bread.  Made a great dinner before heading out to see Christmas lights! 

  13. I’m making this today, but I’m perplexed by the sausage. Olive Garden describes their fagioli as having ground beef in it, not sausage. So is this really Olive Garden?

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was my first recipe after seeing a recommendation for the site on a local moms’ Facebook group. I am not disappointed. The soup turned out really delicious, and now, I’m buying three cookbooks for my family and friends for Christmas. We busy ladies need this wisdom and the really well-thought-out details/photos. I especially appreciate some of the Asian American and Chicagoan references too as I identify with both.

    I do have a question for anyone who’s game to respond–I made this in my slow cooker on high (5 hrs, then added pasta, cooking another 30 mins). Of course I taste-tested it midway through because it was just too tempting. Is there really an advantage of cooking it beyond 3-4 hours? Will flavor improve? Was thinking if it doesn’t make a difference, I’d try to preserve some nutrients and take out a third of the cooking time. Thoughts?

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was FANTASTIC! I bought a pound of ground sausage (instead of removing links from the casing), otherwise I followed the recipe exactly (well, I did it on the stovetop and allowed it to simmer awhile before adding the pasta to cook for 30 minutes). This is so full of flavor and makes a huge pot! I brought some to my neighbors, and they have asked that I share the recipe with them. Yet another WINNER from Ms. Chungah – thank you! 🙂

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Easy and excellent! My husband loves the Olive Garden  Pasta E Fagioli – this is the only one that I have made that he really enjoyed. The only thing I did slightly differently was that I cooked the soup, let it cool, put it in the fridge over night then removed the fat from the top of the soup. Delicious!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent soup recipe! I love all of your recipes! Is there any way to get the nutritional information? I’ve started a food plan where I need to count macros.

  18. Could I use ground beef instead?

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hearty and delicious!  I love pasta e Fagioli  and this is a super version … easy to prepare.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Awesome, easy and damn delicious! Even my picky kiddos ate it all up with crusty bread!!! Soooo good! And, I made it all and served in under 2 hours while in slow cooker!!! Thank you for another excellent dinner

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this last night and got rave reviews from my family. It was easy to make and delicious!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    CHUNGAH.
    *BE STILL, MY HEART*
    I MADE THIS YESTERDAY.

    THIS IS WHAT FALL IS
    ALL ABOUT RIGHT HERE.

    Y’ALL JUST GO AHEAD
    AND FOLLOW THIS RECIPE.
    AS IS.
    SPLURGE ON SOME FANCY PARM.

    AND ENJOY THE BEST SOUP
    OF THE SEASON. PERFECTION.

    Thank you, beautiful fellow foodie,
    for giving us these gorgeous recipes.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Definitely a keeper recipe.  I made in the crock pot and the smell was heavenly as it simmered all day.  Our guests loved it.  Thanks so much!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you for sharing this recipe

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    I had some leftover cooked Italian sausage I had made from ground turkey, and subbed homemade garbanzo beans for the white beans. This was a really good and easily personalizable recipe that I will make often. My preteen ate almost two full servings and deemed it delicious. Perfect for a Fall night supper. 

  26. I followed the recipe just as you wrote it, and it was fandamntastic! Sooo good. Hubby and I kept “trying” it before it was cooked completely.  Loved it! Thank you!!!!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    So good! Made this on Halloween and it was fabulous. 

  28. The olive garden recipe calls for beef not sausage and also it’s only dried basil leaves not oregano and tyme but I am sure it’s delicious either way enjoy…..

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    I haven’t made this yet because I need something clarified first. When do we put in the beans? 

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oh my goodness… Yes I did make this and it was damn delicious! Iused my instant pot with sauté feature the first time I made it. Then I made it on the stove top. The next time I make it I will certainly make it in my instant pot again because it has a slow cooker feature and a sauté feature. Bam! All in one pot just like you said. It is fantastic!

  31. Haven’t tried this, but wondering if you have advice on how to make, and then freeze? As we enter ski season, it looks like a great recipe to make in bulk, and then freeze.

  32. Rated 4 out of 5

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, I will definitely try to make this soup as colder weather is approaching.
    However, I will make this soup in my Instant Pot as I don’t have a slow cooker. Not sure how the result will be.

    • I was just thinking of making this in the instapot! Let me know how it works out;)

    • Most, if not all instant pots, have a slow cooker feature. So, you should be able to saute right in the pot, remove excess fat, and the follow recipe directions with slow cooker feature. I would, however, add a little of the chicken stock after I drained excess fat and scrape that delicious fond from the bottom of the pot to incorporate it into the soup. Then just use instant pot as a slow cooker.

      If you want to do it using pressure cooker features you can search a similar instant pot recipe as a guide for steps and times but still follow this recipe for ingredients. Hope that’s helpful.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very nice recipe. We have to try. So easy, flavorful and delicious.