Monday, November 18, 2019

Pasta Fagioli Soup - Instant Pot Version

I've converted my very favorite soup to an Instant Pot variation. If you would like to try the slow version, it can be found here.

Yield: 5-6

Pasta Fagioli Soup - Instant Pot Version

Pasta Fagioli Soup - Instant Pot Version

This is my all time favorite soup! I never cook the pasta in it, but cook it separately, so that it doesn't get mushy and overcooked, even when cooling. Don't tell Olive Garden, but I like this better than their Pasta Fagioli Soup!


  • 1/2 lb. mild Italian sausage + 1/2 lb. hot Italian sausage (or 1 lb. ground beef)
  • 1 can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans beef broth (I used 4 teaspoons of Better Than Beef Bouillon + 4 cups water)
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon, pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon, marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional
  • 1 teaspoon, dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon, dried oregano
  • 3 cups of cooked small pasta, like ditalini


How to cook Pasta Fagioli Soup - Instant Pot Version

  1. Brown the sausage in your Instant Pot, on saute' setting. 
  2. Add the celery, onion, and garlic, and saute' for a minute or two.  Add the rest of the ingredients, EXCEPT the pasta, being sure to scrape the bottom of the pot to get all the bits of browned sausage to release.  Cancel the saute' setting.
  3. Put the lid on the Instant Pot, and move the lever to the seal position.  Hit the Pressure cook button and pressure cook for 10 minutes. 
  4. When the time up, let the pressure come down naturally for 15 minutes.  (You can cook your pasta separately in a saucepan during this time).  After 15 minutes, move the lever to vent position, and let the button drop before opening the lid. Stir the delicious soup.
  5. Place some cooked pasta in the bottom of the bowl and ladle the soup on top.
  6. Grate some Parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!
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 Cissy was recently one of a group of students who were awarded The Lion's Pride Award at her school!  Teachers nominate students for the award, and it could be for being organized, kind to others, for being helpful, for making the teacher a better teacher, etc.  The teachers write up a paragraph on why they nominated the particular student.  It was all very inspiring, and humbling. 

My handsome grandson, Riley, turned 16 last week!


I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


  1. Your soup sounds delicious Kitty! I might have to break down and purchase an Instant Pot. Love seeing Cissy and Riley...they are growing up! Happy Monday ♥

  2. Well I do love Olive Garden’s Pasta Fagioli soup so I really must try this. Both my daughter and I really like it a lot.

    Cissy won an award? This does not surprise me. What is it for?

    Yes, Riley is a handsome sixteen years old.

  3. Hi Kitty,

    Oh how nice that Cissy won an award; she has been your devoted cooking assistant for some time now, hasn't she? She's a real sweetheart!

    Your Pasta Fagioli soup looks delicious, Kitty!! I confess I've never had this, although I see it on menus in Italian restaurants. One of our local Italian restaurants makes a wonderful chicken soup with pasta that I swear by when I'm feeling under the weather -- I'd sure love to have their recipe. :D

    I hope you're doing well, Kitty; your grandson Riley is very handsome. It must be those good family genes. ;) Have a great day, my friend!

    Warm hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

  4. The soup looks great, Kitty!

    Congrats to Cissy for her well-deserved award. It's nice that the school is recognizing character traits (like kindness) and not just scholastic or athletic achievements.

    1. P.S. And happy birthday to he driving now?

  5. Congratulations to your grands!Your recipe looks yummy,thanks for sharing!Hugs!

  6. We love that soup too and it's one of our favorites. I have never cooked it in the IP. I will have to try out your recipe. I am sure it tastes delicious. Your grandkids are so precious. Enjoy the week.

  7. Congrats to Cissy on her lovely award! You are a proud Nana, Kitty, and so you should be! I know I love it when my grandchildren are rewarded for something well done! {my youngest grandson who lives here on the Island won a trophy last night for Best Defensive Player on his football team. Pretty proud of him!}
    Happy Birthday to Riley too! They're all growing up, aren't they?
    Your soup looks superb! I love a soup with pasta in it. Yummy! I don't have an IP, I would have to use the slow cooker version. Have a wonderful week, kitty. Hugs...Sandi

  8. Kitty, your family is just beautiful! What an honor to be awarded for such character traits. Your heart must be so blessed, and rightly so it should be.

    Oh my, my that soup is positivity scrumptious looking and sounding!
    Yes in deed, I will be making this soup and real soon.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe and all the wonderful recipes you share with us.

    Have a peaceful rest of the evening~

  9. I love this soup! I do use ground beef instead of the sausage. I've learned, though, that it doesn't freeze well, as the pasta soaks up all the broth. However, doing it like you do and putting the broth over top of the cooked pasta is genius! I could freeze the broth and then cook a bit of pasta when it was time to serve.

    Congratulations to your granddaughter on her award. And, very handsome grandson.

    Patti @ This Beautiful Life (visiting from Sandi's no place like home party)

  10. I love your idea of keeping the pasta separate from the soup! I must try your recipe out, as I am currently using my Instant Pot a lot. I made chicken and rice for dinner tonight in it, and it is amazing, as you never have to worry about the rice overcooking with the rice setting! I love it :) Your grandkids are so very special, and I know it is because of your influence in their life too :) Many blessings to you!

  11. Kitty, this looks to be a perfect meal for these cold evenings. Congratuulations to Cissy and happy birthday to Riley!

  12. I love Pasta Fagioli soup, too, and can't wait to try this! I don't have an instant pot, so clicked over to your previous recipe. Thank you for including that one, too! Much love to you, sweet friend!

  13. I haven't gotten an Instant Pot yet, and am impressed you were able to convert your favorite recipe to use in it. The soup sounds wonderful and great pasta tip! Congrats to Cissy, I know your heart was bursting with pride! And Riley looks like a wonderful young man!

  14. Hi Kitty. Thank you for your very sweet visit. Those were such kind words. You are right about your grandson. They grow up way too quickly and congratulations to Cissy..The soup looks delicious. I will have to try it..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  15. Anytime a blogger says a recipe is their favorite, or a family favorite, it's worth pinning to me! No wonder about Cissy being named by her teachers for her award as described - she's all that!, and HB to Riley.

  16. I love pasta fagioli soup and haven't made it in ages. Thanks for the delicious reminder, Kitty. I see your recipe has sausage, which mine does not. I like the idea! Congratulations to Cissy on her award and your cute grandson is getting so grown up!

  17. This is one of my favorite soups. It's on my list for December. So good!

  18. Looks amazing Kitty. I shall pass this on to my mom who has an Instant Pot. Congrats to Cissy. Your grands are growing up so fast. Blessings dear Kitty.


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