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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli SoupI made Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli Soup in my new Ninja Cooker, but you can use any slow cooker.

Pasta e Fagioli means simply “pasta and beans” and there are many variations of this traditional Italian soup.  If you have an Italian grandmother, this is the soup she probably made for you, or perhaps you’ve had a version of it at an Italian restaurant.  Either way, this soup is Italian comfort food at its best.  In Utah we’re right smack in the middle of those spring weather fluctuations where the temperature can drop 20 degrees overnight, and this Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli Soup tasted great when I tried it out with my brother Rand on one of those chilly days.

I made this soup in the new Ninja Cooker that my wonderful blogging and real-life friend Lydia sent me as a housewarming present.  Lydia got a Ninja Cooker a few months ago and she was so sure I would love it too that before I even closed on the new house she promised to send me one for a housewarming present.  (Thanks Lydia!)  And Lydia is right about this fantastic little cooking gadget; the convenience of being able to saute things right in the slow cooker and then switch to slow cooking is especially great.  However, I’m not trying to convince you that everyone needs a Ninja Cooker, so rest assured that any recipes I’m making in the Ninja can also be made in a regular slow cooker, and I’ll give instructions that make it clear how to make the dish either way.

Of course this delicious and comforting vegetarian soup is my Meatless Monday recipe for this week, and I’m betting this is a Meatless Monday dish the whole family will enjoy!  (You can find more meatless recipes by using the label Meatless Monday or checking Vegetarian Recipes in the recipe index.  I’m also doing a meatless slow cooker recipe each Monday on Slow Cooker from Scratch.  For more Meatless Monday ideas from other bloggers, follow our Meatless Monday board on Pinterest, or check Meatless Monday at BlogHer.)

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli Soup with Whole Wheat Orzo
(Makes about 6 servings; recipe adapted from 50 Simple Soups for the Slow Cooker, although I spiced it up quite a bit.)

Equipment:
I used my new Ninja Cooker to make this soup, but any medium-sized slow cooker (4-5 quart size) will work.)

Ingredients:
2 T olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 T minced garlic
1 tsp. Italian Herb Blend (Use any brand of Italian seasoning that you have.)
2-3 tsp. Spike Seasoning (Or substitute any type of all-purpose seasoning blend that you like.)
1/2 tsp. ground fennel (probably optional, but it adds a lot of flavor.)
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 cans (15 oz.) red beans, rinsed and drained
3 cans (14 oz.) vegetable broth (or use homemade vegetable stock, which would be fantastic in this)
8 oz. can tomato sauce
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
several pieces Parmesan rind (optional, but does add wonderful flavor to the soup)
1/2 cup 100% Whole Wheat Orzo Pasta (could substitute any type of small whole wheat pasta, or use  brown rice for gluten-free variation)
2 T good quality balsamic vinegar
freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving
chopped fresh parsley for serving

Get the full recipe from theoriginal posting on Kalyn’s Kitchen.

South Beach Suggestions:

This soup would be Phase 2 or 3 for the  South Beach Diet, due to the carrots and whole wheat orzo.  If you substitute another pasta shape, it needs to be whole wheat pasta for South Beach.

Nutritional Information?

I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn’t have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Warm and Comforting Meatless Soups:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Vegetarian Italian Farro Soup ~ The Chic Life
Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup with Cilantro and Green Tobasco ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Vegetarian Mulligitawny Soup with Red Lentils ~ The Tiffin Box
Indian-Spiced Slow Cooker Red Lentil Soup with Spinach and Coconut Milk ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Seven Vegetarian Vegetable Soups ~ Soup Chick
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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