Slow-Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup Freezer Pack


Your favorite restaurant soup just got easier and healthier with this freezer-to-crock-pot recipe. If you keep a special bottle of olive oil on hand for stand-out dishes, this is the recipe to pull it out for. The headiness of the fruity olive oil truly elevates the flavors in this Italian meal-prep slow-cooker soup.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 15 mins
12 cups


  • 2 cups chopped onions

  • 1 cup chopped carrots

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1 pound cooked Meal-Prep Sheet-Pan Chicken Thighs (see associated recipe), diced

  • 4 cups cooked whole-wheat rotini pasta

  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 4 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added white beans, rinsed

  • 4 cups baby spinach (half of a 5-ounce box)

  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons best-quality extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  1. Place onions, carrots and celery in a large sealable plastic bag. Place cooled cooked chicken and cooked pasta together in another bag. Seal both bags and freeze for up to 5 days. Defrost the bags in the refrigerator overnight before proceeding.

  2. Transfer the vegetable mixture to a large slow cooker. Add broth, Italian seasoning and salt. Cover and cook on Low for 7 1/4 hours.

  3. Add beans, spinach, 2 tablespoons basil, if using, and the defrosted chicken and pasta. Cook for 45 minutes more. Ladle the soup into bowls. Drizzle a little oil into each bowl and top with cheese and the remaining 2 tablespoons basil, if desired.


Get the full meal-prep plan for this recipe and a whole week of dinners here.

To make ahead

Prepare through Step 1 and freeze for up to 5 days.

Associated Recipe

Meal-Prep Sheet-Pan Chicken Thighs

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

457 Calories
18g Fat
42g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 2 cups
Calories 457
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 34g 68%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Vitamin A 5725IU 114%
Vitamin C 12mg 13%
Folate 93mcg 23%
Sodium 653mg 28%
Calcium 156mg 12%
Iron 5mg 26%
Magnesium 116mg 28%
Potassium 883mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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