Meatless soup doesn’t get much better than this Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli Soup made in the slow cooker!
(For Friday Favorites we feature past recipes you may have missed, and this Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli Soup with Whole Wheat Orzo is a soup I’ve made over and over, even including it once at my annual holiday soup party!)
I’ve made a lot of meatless soups through the years, but this Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pasta e Fagioli Soup with Whole Wheat Orzo is absolutely one of the best meatless soups I’ve made for Kalyn’s Kitchen. I loved everything about this soup, but the added richness from cooking it with a few pieces of Parmesan rind really kicks up the flavor, so don’t skip that step if you have Parmesan rinds hanging out in the fridge or freezer.
If meatless is not really a thing in your family, you could also brown a pound of ground beef and add it to the soup, but trust me when I say this soup is loaded with flavor even without the meat. This is a good one; hope you enjoy!
Ingredients for this Crock Pot Recipe:
- Olive oil
- Italian Herb Blend
- Spike Seasoning
- ground fennel
- red pepper flakes
- canned red beans
- canned or homemade vegetable stock
- tomato sauce
- salt and fresh-ground black pepper
- 100% whole wheat orzo (or other small pasta, use brown rice for gluten-free version)
- good quality balsamic vinegar
- Optional: Parmesan rind to add while the soup is cooking
- Toppings: freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh parsley.
More Slow Cooker Recipes from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Italian Sausage and White Beans with Sage from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Lemony Turkey Soup with Spinach and Orzo from Kalyn’s Kitchen
More Ideas for Meatless Dinners in the Slow Cooker:
Use the Index Page for Vegetarian to see all the slow cooker vegetarian recipes that have been featured on this site.
More Ideas for Slow Cooker Soups:
Use the Index Page for Soup or Stew to see all the Slow Cooker Soups that have been featured on this site.