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Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli

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Get ready to cozy up with a bowl of hearty and delicious Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli! This classic Italian soup is the perfect comfort food for chilly days and busy weeknights, and thanks to the Instant Pot, it’s easier than ever to make. Packed with savory ground beef, aromatic vegetables, tender beans, and ditalini pasta, this soup is a complete meal in a bowl that’s sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Plus, with just a handful of simple ingredients and minimal prep work, you can have this flavorful soup on the table in no time. So, dust off your Instant Pot and get ready to impress your family and friends with this mouthwatering Pasta E Fagioli recipe that’s sure to become a new favorite!

Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli

Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli

One of the best things about this Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli recipe is its versatility. Whether you’re cooking for a crowd, meal prepping for the week ahead, or simply craving a comforting bowl of soup, this recipe has got you covered. Plus, it’s easy to customize based on your preferences and dietary needs. You can easily make it vegetarian by omitting the ground beef or substitute it with plant-based meat alternatives for a hearty plant-based version. Additionally, feel free to adjust the vegetables and seasonings to suit your taste buds – the possibilities are endless! Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, you’ll love how simple and delicious this Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli is to make. So, grab your Instant Pot and get ready to enjoy a bowl of warm and comforting soup that’s perfect for any occasion!

My family heritage is a big mix of various cultures, the one I gravitate towards most in my cooking is my Italian heritage.  I LOVE cooking and eating Italian food. Pasta E Fagioli means pasta and beans. Pasta E Fagioli is a traditional Italian dish. It was introduced a peasant dish, being composed of inexpensive ingredients. There are a few different ways that people will make Pasta E Fagioli; this Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli is one of my favorite versions.

Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli

What You Will Love About This Recipe

There’s so much to love about this Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli recipe! Firstly, its convenience is unbeatable. With the help of the Instant Pot, you can have a flavorful and satisfying soup ready in a fraction of the time it would take on the stove. Plus, the one-pot nature of this recipe means less cleanup – a win-win for busy weeknights or lazy weekends.

Secondly, the flavor profile of this soup is absolutely irresistible. The combination of savory ground beef, aromatic garlic and onions, sweet bell peppers, tender carrots, and creamy beans creates a rich and hearty broth that’s bursting with flavor. The addition of ditalini pasta adds a comforting texture that makes this soup a complete meal in itself.

Additionally, this recipe is incredibly versatile and budget-friendly. You can easily customize it based on what you have on hand or your dietary preferences. Don’t have ground beef? No problem – you can use ground turkey, chicken, or even sausage instead. Want to pack in more veggies? Feel free to throw in whatever you have in the fridge or freezer.

Finally, this Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli is a wholesome and nutritious option for the whole family. It’s packed with protein, fiber, and essential nutrients from the vegetables and beans, making it a satisfying and healthy meal choice. Whether you’re feeding a crowd or meal prepping for the week ahead, this soup is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. So, grab your Instant Pot and get ready to enjoy a bowl of warm and comforting Pasta E Fagioli that’s perfect for any occasion!

Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli instant pot freezer directions

Easy Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli 

I have made this soup on the stove top so many times and finally decided to convert it to my beloved Instant Pot. I think by now it is safe to say you all know how much I love my electric pressure cooker. It swoops in to make speedy, wholesome meals that my family loves. This soup gives you that low and slow-simmered taste but made in a fraction of the time.

If you love hearty soups and stews, and chili recipes, I think you will enjoy this Italian inspired dish. Serve with a crisp green salad, crusty bread, or oyster crackers, and you have a meal that will fuel you!

What is Ditalini Pasta Used For

This recipe calls for ditalini pasta, which is pasta that is used in many rustic Italian soup recipes. They are a smaller pasta that is a better bite size pasta compared to say penne or macaroni. You can find this brand of pasta in your dry pasta area at most mass retailers. If your store doesn’t carry this variety, you can replace it with another type of pasta or shop online.

Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli

Tools Used to Make This Pasta E Fagioli 

  • Instant Pot | Of course, you can use other brands of an electric pressure cooker, we just own the Instant Pot.
  • Meat Chopper | This tools is a blessing when it comes to cooking ground meats. It chops up the meat easily!
  • Cutting Board and Knife | Chop up those veggies like no one’s business. A nice sharp knife is critical for safety and getting those veggies chopped.
  • Measuring cups and spoons | Of course, these are needed in almost any recipe you use. These magnetic spoons are the bomb dot com.

Keep reading till you get to the recipe card for the easiest dump and go Slow Cooker freezer directions.

Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli slow cooker directions

What To Serve With The Pasta E Fagioli Recipe 

  • Crisp green side salad with your favorite Italian salad dressing
  • Breadsticks
  • Crusty bread with a dollop of butter

Soup and salad is always a win in our home!

Can I Freeze Pasta E Fagioli

If you want to freeze this soup, I recommend holding back the pasta when you are prepping it. Then after you thaw it from the freezer to reheat, add in your pasta and cook it. The pasta will not hold up if frozen very well. It can turn mushy. So, just prepare the soup like you would, without the pasta, freeze, and then when you reheat add in the pasta and cook accordingly. Then you will have a flavorful soup ready to go.

Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli

Tips & Tricks

  1. Brown the Meat: For extra flavor, take the time to brown the ground beef before adding the other ingredients to the Instant Pot. This will add depth and richness to the soup.
  2. Make it Vegetarian: To make this recipe vegetarian, simply omit the ground beef and use vegetable broth instead of beef broth. You can also add extra vegetables or beans for added protein and fiber.
  3. Add Greens: For an extra boost of nutrition, consider adding leafy greens like spinach or kale to the soup during the last few minutes of cooking. They’ll wilt down and add color and flavor to the dish.
  4. Garnish with Fresh Herbs: Before serving, garnish each bowl of soup with freshly chopped parsley or basil for a pop of color and freshness. This adds a bright, herbaceous flavor that complements the other ingredients beautifully.

Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli

Pasta E Fagioli Freezer Meal

Since you asked, I decided to perfect the Pasta E Fagioli freezer meal.  Follow the easy directions below.

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Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli

Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli
Yield: 6 6

Instant Pot Pasta Fagioli Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A delicious hearty Instant Pot Pasta Fagioli Soup that will be made quicker than you can sit back down. It tastes like it was slow cooked all day.  Delicious! 


  • 1 pound of lean ground beef (FOR FREEZER MEAL: 1 bag of frozen ground beef)
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 3 cups beef broth or stock
  • 1 cup tomato sauce or soup
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced yellow or orange bell pepper
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 can of kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup ditalini pasta
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper


  1. Step 1: Set Instant pot to sauté function.
  2. Steps 2-4: Add olive oil, garlic and onion. Cook until garlic is fragrant, and onion is translucent; about 2 minutes.
  3. Steps 5-6: Add ground beef. Cook until no longer pink, stirring regularly. Drain grease and return to pot.
  4. Steps 7-8: Add tomato sauce or soup and broth.
  5. Steps 9-12: Add celery, carrots, and peppers.
  6. Step 13: Add beans to mixture.
  7. Step 14: Add pasta
  8. Steps 15-17: Add seasonings and mix everything together.
  9. Step 18: Set Instant Pot to high pressure and set cook time for 5 minutes. Make sure venting is off. When timer goes off, do a quick release.
  10. Serve and enjoy!



To FREEZE: Put cooked & cooled onions & garlic into freezer Ziploc. Put tomato sauce, celery, red bell pepper, yellow pepper, carrots, rinsed kidney beans, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper, all into the freezer Ziploc. Seal bag. Date & include these notes: EMPTY INGREDIENTS OF PASTA FAGIOLI SOUP BAG INTO POT + 1 BAG OF FROZEN GROUND BEEF (APRX. 1 LB) + 3 CUP BEEF BROTH. PC - 5 MIN + QR


  1. Take 1 bag of frozen ground beef, remove bag from freezer and sit on the counter while preparing dinner. (If in a rush, you can run the bag over warm water to loosen the frozen rice from the Ziploc)
  2. Empty contents of your pasta fagioli soup freezer bag in to your pot.
  3. Than add the ground beef in to your pot.
  4. Pour 3 Cup of beef broth in.
  5. Pour in 1 cup ditalini pasta (make sure it falls to the bottom with the broth.) Put lid on your pot. Turn to sealing position.
  6. Manual High pressure for 5 min. When cooking cycle ends do a quick release.
  7. Give soup a good stir. If any of your soup still seems a bit frozen, put back on PC for 1 or 2 minutes depending on how much more cooking you may need.

Stir. Cover and cook on high for 3-5 hours or low for 5-7 hours or until the vegetables are tender

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Saturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 1145mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 19g

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  1. i live on soup! And I can’t wait to try this one. So simple and rustic. I have seen it before but it seemed complicated and i don’t know why. I am going to soak my kidneys tonite for this recipe because we have always prefered dried beans. I also am going to try to convert to half and use my new 3qt which is a little wonky on timing.

  2. Hello Melissa,
    I made this wonderfully fabulous dish for dinner tonight. I made it exactly as written and it was delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This sounds delish! Would you recommend doubling both pasta and broth to double recipe? And add time? Um making tonight! Excited for this one!

  4. I am looking for soups/stews that I can make on the weekends and then freeze in deli containers to be used over the next few weeks. Do you know if this freezes well?

  5. Any suggestions for a substitution for the kidney beans? For some reason I can’t stand them. The name? The texture? Both? Lol! Im assuming pinto or black beans would work fine?

    1. Yes either pinto or black beans will work. I actually made this again last night and did not have any carrots on hand so I added corn instead and it was delicious. 🙂

  6. Made this for dinner tonight and both the four year and five year old have already requested this for dinner again. Amazing! Thank you!

  7. This was the first soup that I made in my instant pot and it turned out great! I decided to double the recipe which filled my pot to the max fill line and cooked it for the same amount of time. Note – because my pot was VERY full it did take a long time to reach high pressure and cook for 5 minutes, but it was worth the wait!

  8. Hi
    I have tried the pasta Fagioli a couple of times but I’m finding my pasta is coming out mushy! I’m only cooking the entire pot for 6minutes and still missy ! Can you Help please? I love that dish !!
    Thank You

    1. Try changing the time to 4 minutes. My gf does all her pasta for 4 minutes and it comes out perfect. It may be a bit al dente but that is definitely better than mushy. 🙂

  9. I make this soup all the time but I’ve never put bell pepper in it. Mine calls for spaghetti sauce in it too.

    1. you can leave it out. I am a mom of 4 boys, I tend to get a bit creative with vegetables in soup since it has always been one way for me to sneak them in. 🙂

  10. Hi! My friend and I are prepping this for a frozen dump meal tomorrow. Do we cook the ground beef before we freeze it? Or is it frozen raw when added to the instantpot?

    1. You cook it before you freeze it. Follow the link for the recipe which is located on Adventures of a Nurses site. 🙂

  11. Why does the cooked meat have to be frozen separately from the rest of the ingredients? What happens if you freeze it all together?

    1. Yes, you can definitely freeze them together if you prefer. This was written with the idea of doing a bunch of meals all at one time.

  12. I made this last night and was very pleased with the outcome. Our weather on Maui finally turned to the cooler side, so soup was on my mind. This is a delicious, robust soup, perfect for cooler weather, and so easy to make in the Instant Pot. The only adjustment I made was to the meat. My husband has to limit his intake of red meat, so I thought I’d use ground turkey. However, I noticed the Beyond Beef next to the ground turkey at my grocery store. I was adventurous, so thought I’d try the Beyond Beef in this recipe. It turned out great. So, this is an option for those avoiding red meat. Thanks for a great recipe.

  13. Made this today and it is delish! I see the nutritional information per serving, but can’t find the serving size. Please let me know. Thanks!

  14. Fifty some years ago,(I was about 9) my friend’s mother (who is Italian) had me over for dinner and made Pasta Fagioli. I loved it, and she gave my mom the recipe (which she never made) This looks exactly like the one she made. Been looking for this recipe, with beef, not ham, and this looks just like hers. Same beans and everything. I am definitely going to make it this week. Thank you so much!

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