Whenever my hubby and I are in a time crunch or simply don’t have any creative ideas on what to cook for dinner, we always fall back on this amazingly delicious crockpost pasta e fagiole soup! We affectionately call this recipe “The Red Soup” because let’s face it, it’s much faster to say! I really wanted to name this post “The Best Red Soup Ever” but somehow, I don’t think it would’ve made much sense to anyone else! 😛
There are many reasons why this is our go-to soup. It’s SUPER hearty and chock-full of healthy ingredients; it’s so easy to put together, and makes a boat-load of leftovers! The prep should take you between 20-30 minutes and after that, you set it and forget it. Eight hours later, you have the best soup ever for dinner!
Another reason why I make this soup a lot is because you can change out the ingredients with whatever you already have in your fridge. We honestly never stick to the same recipe because we’ll use ingredients that we’re trying to get rid of in our fridge.
Vegetarian? You don’t need meat to make this a complete meal. Don’t like black beans? Substitute with garbanzo or white beans instead. Got leftover spinach? Use that instead of kale! You like mushrooms? Well…I think you get my gist now.
Be forewarned: this recipe makes a LOT of servings! We have a 7-qt slow cooker which is pretty large in my opinion; whenever we make this pasta e fagiole soup, our crockpot is literally filled to the brim. If you have a smaller one, you might need to adjust and decrease some of the ingredients to make sure it all fits.
Cost Breakdown for Crockpot Pasta e Fagiole Soup
You’ll be amazed by how cheap this recipe is compared to how many meals you’ll get out of it!
- 1 lb chicken = $6
- 1 lb hot sausage = $6
- 1 onion = $1
- 1 pepper = $1
- Carrots, bunch = $2
- Celery, bunch = $2
- 2 (28-oz.) cans diced tomatoes = $3
- 1 (28-oz.) can tomato sauce = $1.50
- 1 (16-oz.) can beans = $1
- 1 carton beef or chicken stock = $3
- Kale, bunch = $2
- 1 lb pasta = $1.50
I’m not counting the spices below in my cost breakdown because I’m going to make the assumption that most people will have these at home.
- Hot sauce
- Crushed red pepper
Total = $30
Out of 12 servings, that means it costs $2.50 for each bowl!! I mean, it doesn’t get any better than that. I knew this was a inexpensive meal to make, but after doing this cost breakdown, I’m floored (in a great way) by how cheap it is!
Start by browning your meat, whether it’s ground beef, sausage or chicken. While that’s cooking, chop your onion, red pepper, carrots, and celery and add to crock pot.
Once the meat is browned, add to the crockpot as well.
Next, mix in beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and beef (or chicken) stock.
Season with oregano, pepper, parsley, hot sauce and crushed red pepper to taste. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Add in kale during the last 30 minutes of cooking time. If you add it in too soon, it might get too mushy.
Before serving, boil your choice of pasta according to the instructions on the box. We prefer to use ditalini because it’s small enough to complement all the other soup ingredients. Top the pasta with the pasta e fagiole soup once fully cooked.
What did you think? Easy enough, right?
‘Til next time,