Blogtober Day 13: Fall Recipe

While MG and I are making our way back from Minnesota, I thought I'd leave you with another blogtober post.
Today's blog topic is a favorite fall recipe.

I have a ton of recipes that I love to eat during the fall (check out my recipes tab to look at them all), but to me, nothing says Fall more than a hot bowl of soup or chili. So today I'm refreshing your memory with this recipe I posted in December 2012 that I got from A Year of Slow Cooking
Pasta fagioli in the crock pot--this recipe has a slight kick to it (nothing too spicy, just a little hint of something) that soaks in the longer this soup sits (hello, leftovers!!)

This isn't a recipe you'd make before leaving for work because the prep takes a bit more than dumping everything together. It's perfect for making on a Sunday afternoon so you have dinner ready for that night, and quite a bit of leftovers for the next day (or days).

What You Need:
-6 qt crock pot
-1 lb lean ground beef
Imagine salt, pepper and oregano are in the picture
-2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes (we did no salt added cans to take away some of the sodium)
-4 cups (32 oz) beef broth
-about 1 cup of dry pasta
-26 oz pasta sauce
-1 can kidney beans
-1 can small white beans
-about 1 cup of carrots (or slightly more if you like), chopped
-about 2-3 stalks of celery (or more if you like), chopped
-1/2 large red onion, chopped
-1 Tablespoon of Tabasco sauce
-2 teaspoons oregano
-1/4 tsp pepper
-1/2 tsp salt

What You Do:
1. Brown the meat and then drain it well. Set it aside to cool.

 2. Chop up the carrots, celery and onion. Add it to the bottom of the crock pot.

3. Drain and rinse the cans of beans. Add them to the crock pot.

4. Add in the tomatoes, with the juices.
Im not sure why these look like neon tomatoes in the picture.
 I swear, they were totally not radioactive.
5. Add in the pasta sauce, beef broth, oregano, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

6. Finally, add in the ground beef and stir everything to combine it.

7. Set the crockpot to LOW for 8 hours, or HIGH for 4 hours. About an hour before it's done, add in the dry pasta (I used more than one cup of dry pasta in mine--closer to 1 1/2 cups). Cook for another hour until the pasta is tender.
Serve with Parmesan cheese if you have it.
(Try it with the grated parmesan--like what you'd put on spaghetti-- instead of the shredded like
 I have in this picture. It gets pretty stringy with this kind of cheese.)
This made two meals for dinner for us, and 5 servings worth of leftovers. Possibly more if you don't go back for seconds *cough cough...MG!*

It's SO yum!


  1. I've never had pasta fagioli soup but it sounds like something I would love! Definitely pinning this to try later!

  2. oh i made this before from the last time you posted. so tasty!

  3. I'm with you, Fall calls for hot, hearty soups and chilis! This looks SUPER good, I'm going to add it to my repertoire!!!

  4. I love a good crock pot recipe!! I have to try this one out!

  5. yes yes and yes! I need to break out the ole crock pot! Thanks for sharing love and hope you had a fabulous weekend! xoxo

  6. this looks like a good easy recipe! i guess if you leave out the tabasco it won't have that kick to it?

  7. This sounds so good. Will have to add this to the fall recipe's I want to try list.

  8. Wow that looks tasty! Crock Pot meals are my favorite. I'll have to try this!

  9. I normally have this weird anti-crock pot thing... blame sauer kraut. BUT. I do love this dish!

  10. Ah I love the look of this and even better that it can be cooked in a crock pot! Perfect!

  11. I've never tried to make that, but it's one that never disappoints!

  12. This sounds similar to something we call Cincinnati Chili, which is a slow cooker recipe also! Although I am not entirely sure why it's called Cincinnati Chili, it is almost identical to your recipe.


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