Pasta Fagioli Recipe

This under 30-minute Olive Garden CopyCat Pasta Fagioli Recipe is amazing. The hearty soup is filled with ground meat, pasta, beans and vegetables, the perfect recipe for comfort food during the cooler weather. Enjoy the soup with homemade Russian Bread.

Though the recipe is loaded with so many vegetables (like our Borscht recipe), it’s surprisingly rather easy to make.

Pasta fagioli soup in a dutch oven with spinach, beans, and pasta.

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What is Pasta Fagioli?

Pasta Fagioli is a traditional Italian soup that translates to pasta and beans. Like many other recipes, the traditional soup is tweaked to the personal preferences of the one cooking the soup. Some enjoy the soup really hearty almost chili-like while others prefer the consistency with more liquid. Either way you like it, this recipe is a keeper.

The ground meat with pasta and vegetables with fresh spinach and beans in a broth is satisfying, filling and so delicious.

Pasta fagioli in a bowl with a spoon. Next to bagels.

Prepare all of the ingredients for the soup.

  • Chop diced tomatoes if you don’t like chunky tomatoes (keep the juices).
  • Finely chop onion, cube celery and carrots.
  • Measure out remaining ingredients.

Ingredients needed for this pasta fagioli recipe.

How to make Pasta e Fagioli?

This soup is wonderful as it can be prepared completely in one pot, we use a Dutch oven, eliminating extra dishes.

  • Cook ground meat, season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Add onion, saute until tender. Add celery and carrot and cook until vegetables are tender.

Pasta e fagioli soup recipe. How to make the ground beef for the soup.

  • Season soup. Add pasta, broth, water and diced tomatoes with juices. Cook until pasta is fully cooked.
  • Add fresh spinach and beans. Simmer a few minutes and enjoy.
  • TIP: Test soup and add additional seasonings if desired.

How to make this pasta fagioli soup. Adding in the pasta, diced tomatoes, beans, and spinach.

Can I freeze Pasta Fagioli?

Yes, this soup may be frozen but without the pasta. If you’ll be freezing the soup, don’t add the pasta to it, add the cooked pasta when the frozen soup has thawed and is being reheated.

How to make Pasta Fagioli in a Slow Cooker?

  • In a skillet, cook ground meat with onion until onion is tender. Transfer to a slow cooker.
  • Add remaining ingredients minus the pasta, spinach and beans.
  • Cook on low heat 6-8 hours and 3-4 on high.
  • Turn heat to high and add the pasta, beans and chopped spinach. Cook another 30 minutes, or until pasta is tender. Enjoy.

Pasta fagioli soup in a dutch oven with a ladle. Soup with ground beef, carrots, onions, celery, beans, and pasta.

I hope you enjoyed this Italian Pasta Fagioli hearty soup recipe and it will become a favorite in your home.

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Pasta Fagioli Recipe

An amazing Italian soup recipe for Pasta Fagioli. Ground beef with vegetables, beans and pasta. The perfect bowl of comfort food ready in 30 minutes. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: pasta fagioli
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner



  • In a Dutch oven, cook the beef with 1 Tbsp oil. 
  • Finely chop onion. Add to the beef and cook until tender. 
  • Cube the celery and carrots into small cubes. Add to the beef and onions. Cook 6-8 minutes, until vegetables are tender, stirring as needed.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, broth, water, ketchup, garlic, salt, pepper, and pasta to the Dutch oven. Cook for 15 minutes, until the pasta is tender.
  • Add the spinach and beans to the Dutch oven and mix. Bring to a simmer and turn off.  Season with additional seasonings if needed.
  • Enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Pasta Fagioli Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 1293mg56%
Potassium 551mg16%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 2705IU54%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Show 21 Comments
  • Cheryl G. 01/20/2020, 10:43 pm Link Reply

    Thought I’d try this soup even though I don’t particularly care for recipes that call for adding ketchup(other than when making Hamburgers). I really didn’t care for the taste. Seems all I could taste was ketchup. Wondering if maybe a few tablespoons of tomato paste can be used in place of the ketchup. Would like to give it another try because I really do like the Pasta Fagioli Soup at Olive Garden.

    • Valentina's Corner 01/20/2020, 11:11 pm Link Reply

      Cheryl, you can most definitely use tomato paste to taste, or, leave the ketchup out completely. Thanks so much for the feedback.

  • AC 11/20/2019, 12:23 am Link Reply

    This was a delicious recipe! It seemed to take a long time because of all the chopping. I would also add a little more chicken broth to my next batch because I like a soup to have a good amount of broth. I will defiantly be making this again!

    • Valentina's Corner 11/20/2019, 4:12 pm Link Reply

      So glad you enjoyed this recipe! 🙂

  • Cheryl 11/08/2019, 11:32 am Link Reply

    Can canneloni beans be used instead of kidney beans?

    • Valentina's Corner 11/08/2019, 11:05 pm Link Reply

      Yes, Cheryl, they would work great! Enjoy the soup. 🙂

  • Michelle 10/29/2019, 8:15 pm Link Reply

    How much is a serving?

  • Janet 10/22/2019, 6:29 am Link Reply

    Could I use crushed tomatoes instead of chopped. This soup sounds amazing. I would also use the Italian sausage.
    Thanks, Jan

    • Valentina's Corner 10/22/2019, 1:54 pm Link Reply

      Yes, Jan. Crushed tomatoes will work great in the Fagioli. I hope you enjoy the soup as much as we do! 🙂

  • Margie 10/05/2019, 2:15 pm Link Reply

    Can this be frozen and if so for how long?

    • Valentina's Corner 10/06/2019, 9:50 am Link Reply

      I would not recommend freezing this soup because of the pasta, unless you leave out the pasta and add cooked pasta when reheating the soup.

  • Tasha 09/24/2019, 9:25 am Link Reply

    Made this for the family last night and it was a HUGE HIT!! All my kids, even my pickiest eater gobbled it all up and asked for seconds. I didn’t expect such a simple recipe to taste this good!! I was hoping to have left overs to last through the week… HA, yeah right, I have about one serving left! Next time I’ll have to double the recipe. I will absolutely be making this again and again!
    I did change the recipe just a little, I used ground turkey and cooked it with garlic and onion powder and lots of Italian seasoning.

    • Valentina's Corner 09/24/2019, 2:18 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Tasha. Makes me so happy. I especially love it when the whole family enjoys a recipe and you don’t have to make the kiddos something different. Totally a winner. Thanks for visiting our online home. 🙂

  • Val 06/23/2019, 3:35 am Link Reply

    This is such an easy recipe, we loved the recipe.

    • Valentina's Corner 06/23/2019, 3:35 am Link Reply

      Thanks for the great feedback, Val. 🙂

  • Tim 06/23/2019, 3:15 am Link Reply

    What an easy recipe and so much better than Olive Garden.

    • Valentina's Corner 06/23/2019, 3:15 am Link Reply

      That’s wonderful. I’m so glad you enjoyed the soup, Tim.

  • Dotti 02/15/2019, 2:23 pm Link Reply

    How would this be with ground Italian Sausage instead of ground beef, I wonder? I like a bit more flavor in my meat…

    • Valentina's Corner 02/15/2019, 11:55 pm Link Reply

      Though I’ve not tried it myself, I think Italian Sausage would work be great in the Pasta Fagioli. Enjoy, Dotti and stop back and visit our online home.

  • Alla 12/22/2018, 12:01 am Link Reply

    This recipe looks so good! I am always up to try a new soup! Thank you for sharing:)

    • Valentina's Corner 12/22/2018, 2:01 pm Link Reply

      This is a great soup to try, enjoy. Thanks for visiting.

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