Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli

Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli

  • Makes 8 1/2 cups
  • Preparation Time20 min
  • Cooking Time270 min

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 can (16 oz.) cannellini beans [or white kidney beans]
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 3 Knorr® Chicken flavored Bouillon Cubes, crumbled
  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup ditalini pasta

Directions

  • Cook bacon in large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon and reserve 2 tablespoons drippings; set aside.
  • Cook onion, carrots and celery in reserved drippings over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 30 seconds.
  • Turn onion mixture into slow cooker. Add 1/2 of the bacon and reserve remaining bacon for garnish. Mash 1/2 cup beans with fork. Stir in beans, tomatoes, Knorr® Chicken flavored Bouillon Cubes and water. Cook covered on LOW 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH 4 to 6 hours. Stir in ditalini and cook covered on HIGH an additional 30 minutes. Serve with reserved bacon and, if desired, grated Parmesan cheese.