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A gorgeous tasting and hearty bean and pasta soup …
Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli!
Roll up your sleeves and prepare to enjoy a bit of Slow Cooker style soup. Pasta e Fagioli Slow Cooker Style that is! If you are like me, absolutely busy, and don’t always have time to prepare a beautiful and hearty soup from scratch, then it’s time to dig out that slow cooker and use it!
One thing I enjoy about the slow cooker is that it was created with the busy family’s lifestyle in mind. The family that has zero time to spend in the kitchen enduring long hours that it would normally take to prepare a proper soup or meal. The family that looks at you with that glazed over look and tilt of the head when you ask them to help in the kitchen … oh wait, that’s me staring in the mirror.
Don’t get me wrong, I obviously enjoy cooking and spending time in the kitchen (hence my blog), but I do have young children and then there is the whole life thing to factor in. So when I get a chance to not only use my slow cooker, but do it with some pizzazz and save money … pizzazzing (nope not a real word), then I’m all IN!
So guess what, I’ve made this incredible pasta and bean soup by using some honest to goodness brilliant ingredients … mostly from my local Dollar General. All of the ingredients used except for some of the fresh produce and fresh herbs were bought from my local Dollar General. Look for the label Clover Valley and be happily persuaded by the taste and quality. Happy Days!
I use to only skim through the store, but then I started to notice that I could pick up a lot of what I needed on my list while I was at Dollar General. I not only saved time and energy (a rare commodity as a parent), but I also saved some money to boot.
This Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli is perfect on it’s own, with a beautiful simple salad or as a starter to a lovely meal.
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Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 – 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hrs 20 mins
Serves: 4 – 6
2 Tbls Olive Oil
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 medium Onion, chopped
2 stalks Celery, sliced
1 Carrot, sliced
1 (14.5 oz) can Kidney Beans
1 (32 oz) carton Chicken Broth
1 (15 oz) can Tomato Sauce
2 (15 oz) cans Chopped Tomatoes
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Bay Leaf
1 Tbls fresh Thyme (or 1 tsp dried Thyme)
1 tsp dried Basil
1 cup dried Macaroni
Salt and Pepper to taste
fresh grated Parmesan Cheese to garnish (optional)
few sprigs of fresh Basil, to garnish (optional)
- In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat Olive Oil. Cook Ground Beef and Onions for about 5 – 8 minutes until meat is cooked through, drain any drippings and add Meat and Onions to the Slow Cooker.
- Add in Celery, Carrots, Beans, Broth, Chopped Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce, Garlic, Bay Leaf and Thyme.
- Cook on low in the Slow Cooker, about 5 hours and no more than 7 hours.
- 30 Minutes before end of cooking time, add in the dried Macaroni pasta.
- Adjust seasoning with Salt and Pepper.
- Serve with shredded Fresh Basil and grated fresh Parmesan Cheese and a loaf of crusty bread or crackers.
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.