Instant Pot Pasta E Fagioli Soup

Course: Entrees, Soups
Difficulty: Easy
Pulse Type: Beans
Occasion: Instant Pot
Nutrition: 1/2 cup serving, 500 calories or less, 7g+ fiber, 7g+ protein
Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 2/3 cup white beans dried; great northern or navy
  • 2/3 cup kidney beans red, dried
  • 1 lb sausage, Italian mild or spicy; ground
  • 1/2 onion yellow or white; chopped
  • 3 tsp garlic minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 15 oz can tomatoes diced; do not drain
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrot chopped or sliced
  • 1 cup pasta ditalini; boiled til tender
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning dried (OR substitute ½ tsp each dried basil, dried thyme, and dried oregano)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes


  • basil fresh
  • pepper cracked black
  • parmesan cheese grated (for topping)


Instant Pot Method:

  1. First prepare the beans. Cover beans with cold water and soak overnight or 6-8 hours, then drain and rinse.
  2. Combine beans in a large stock pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat slightly and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally until beans are tender and cooked through.
  3. Preheat your instant pot using the "saute" setting, then add Italian sausage, and onions and saute for 3-5 minutes until sausage is browned. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes longer until fragrant.
  4. Switch instant pot to the "soup" setting. Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, celery, carrots, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning and stir to combine.
  5. Lock the lid in place and set the pressure release to "sealing". Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow the pot to sit for 3-4 minutes and then turn the release valve for a "quick release."
  6. Stir in ditalini pasta, garnish with cracked black pepper, fresh basil, and grated parmesan cheese if desired and serve.

Slow Cooker Method:

  1. After the beans are cooked, saute meat, onions, and garlic in a pan on the stove before adding to your slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients to the pot (except for cooked pasta), cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or on low for 4-6 hours. Stir in pasta, garnish and serve.