Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli is a quick and easy way to make my mom’s pasta and beans recipe. Beans, tomatoes, and Italian sausage cook together in the Instant Pot for easy cleanup and tons of flavor.

This recipe is similar to Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli, but is a little more of a classic, family recipe. I like this recipe a lot better – maybe because it reminds me of my childhood, but also because it is delicious. The best part is, it is using ingredients that we always have on hand. (If you don’t have an Instant Pot, I have a stovetop recipe as well!)

Two white bowls of pasta e fagioli next to an instant pot with a gray and blue dishtowel.
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🥘 Ingredient Notes

A picture of the ingredients in instant pot pasta e fagioli, labeled.
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Italian sausage
  • diced bacon or diced pancetta
  • diced celery
  • diced onion
  • minced garlic
  • red pepper flakes
  • dried oregano
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • canned diced tomatoes with their juice
  • chicken broth
  • ditalini pasta
  • canned Cannellini or White Kidney beans – I have also used Great White Northern beans in my pasta e fagioli and they are great!
  • optional but delicious: a parmesan cheese rind

🍽 Equipment Needed

  • an Instant Pot (I use a 6 quart Instant Pot – the old school, original kind without too many bells and whistles.)
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • a cutting board
  • a sharp knife
  • a wooden spoon or rubber spatula (I love cooking with rubber spatulas – I love being able to scrape the sides of the bowl when I am cooking or baking. Here is a link to my favorite spatula – I love the edges on this one – I use it almost every time I cook! I have the full red set or you can get a single black one.)

🥣 How to Make It

Pasta e Fagioli or “pasta fazool” as my mom likes to call it, is really easy to make in an Instant Pot.

First, dice up your bacon, celery, onions, and garlic. If you are using Italian sausage, either slice it or crumble it. I like to use crumbled sausage instead of slices so we remove it from the casing.

Next, set your Instant Pot to the sauté function. Once it is hot (it won’t take long) add half of your olive oil and swirl it around to coat the whole bottom of your Instant Pot. (Picture 1)

Now, cook your Italian sausage to about 80/90%, then remove it from the pot and drain the grease. (Pictures 2 – 4)

A process collage of images for making pasta e fagioli in an instant pot, steps 1 - 5.

After removing the sausage, add the remainder of your olive oil. (Picture 5)

Next, add your bacon and cook until it is slightly crispy. (Picture 7) Then add your diced onion and celery. Cook until the onion is translucent. (Pictures 8 – 9)

Now, add your garlic and spices and mix everything together. (Picture 10)

A process collage of images for making pasta e fagioli in an instant pot, steps 6 - 10.

Next, add your chicken broth, diced tomatoes with their juice, ditalini pasta, cannellini beans, Italian sausage, and parmesan cheese rind if you are using one. Mix everything together. (Pictures 11 – 17)

A process collage of images for making pasta e fagioli in an instant pot, steps 11 - 15.

Finally, put the lid on your Instant Pot and make sure the vent is closed. Turn the Instant Pot saute mode off and switch it to “Manual Mode” at high pressure for 4 minutes. (Pictures 18 – 19)

It will take about 15 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. It will then count down 4 minutes. When the 4 minutes is up, turn the Instant Pot off and let it release naturally for 5 minutes. Then, quick release the remaining pressure. (I use a 6 quart Instant Pot and this amount of liquid has never been a problem as far as exploding with a quick release. I wouldn’t quick release with a 3 quart Instant Pot.) Once all the pressure is released, open the lid. Your soup will be done! (Picture 20)

A process collage of images for making pasta e fagioli in an instant pot, steps 16 - 20.
A instant pot of pasta e fagioli with a ladle scooping some out.

🙋‍♀️ Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make vegetarian or vegan pasta e fagioli?

To make vegetarian pasta e fagioli, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and leave out the bacon and sausage. You can also double the beans to get more protein in your soup.

What else can you add to pasta e fagioli?

You can add spinach or escarole – add it to the soup after you cook it and let it sit for a few minutes. The hot broth will wilt the greens.
You can also add more beans – red kidney beans are an excellent addition.

What is the difference between a quick release and a natural release?

A natural release means that you turn the Instant Pot off and let it cool down to release pressure. A quick release means that you open the vent on the top and let the pressure (steam) out. If you do a quick release, do not stand over your Instant Pot or position it under a cabinet or shelf.

🍳 Serving Suggestions & Uses

Serve your pasta e fagioli immediately with sprinkled parmesan on top. It is also really good with a crispy piece of bread to dunk in the yummy broth!

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🥫 Storage/Shelf Life/Reheating

Once cooled, store your pasta e fagioli in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will be good for about 5 – 7 days.
You can also freeze pasta e fagioli, but the texture of the pasta will be a little *off* when defrosted. If you are planning on freezing your leftovers, cook the pasta separately and add it when serving. (Use 1 cup less chicken broth and only cook for 3 minutes if you are cooking the pasta separately.)

Two white bowls of pasta e fagioli on wooden background.

✏️ Helpful Tips

  • I use a 6 quart Instant Pot to make this recipe. You can also make this using an 8 quart Instant Pot. You can make this in a 3 quart Instant Pot, but cook for only 3 minutes and do not quick release.
  • This recipe is made infinitely more delicious with the addition of a parmesan cheese rind. It makes it saltier, cheesier, and more delicious. 
  • Eat this for lunch the day after you make it. The pasta in the starchy broth gets thicker overnight and will be really yummy.

🍲 Other Great Instant Pot Recipes

📝 Recipe

A instant pot of pasta e fagioli with a ladle scooping some out.

Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli

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Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli is a quick and easy way to make my mom's pasta and beans recipe. Beans, tomatoes, and Italian sausage cook together in the Instant Pot for easy cleanup and tons of flavor.
Author: Kari
Servings: 8
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 4 mins
Time to come to Pressure + Natural Pressure Release: 20 mins
Total: 29 mins

Ingredients  

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound Italian sausage
  • 4 slices bacon diced, you can also use pancetta
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 28oz can diced tomatoes with juice use one large can or two 14.5 oz cans.
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup ditalini pasta
  • 1 14.5 oz can cannellini beans
  • 1 parmesan cheese rind optional, but delicious

Instructions 

  • First, dice up your bacon, celery, onions, and garlic. If you are using Italian sausage, either slice it or crumble it. I like to use crumbled sausage instead of slices so we remove it from the casing.
  • Next, set your Instant Pot to the sauté function. Once it is hot (it won't take long), add half of the olive oil (1 tbsp) and swirl it around to coat the whole bottom of your Instant Pot.
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Now, cook the Italian sausage to about 80/90%, then remove it from the pot and drain the grease.
    ½ pound Italian sausage
  • After removing the sausage, add the remainder of the olive oil (1 tbsp).
    2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Next, add the bacon and cook until it is slightly crispy.
    4 slices bacon
  • Then add the diced onion and celery. Cook until the onion is translucent.
    1 onion, 2 stalks celery
  • Now, add the garlic and spices and mix everything together.
    3 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Next, add the chicken broth, diced tomatoes with their juices, ditalini pasta, cannellini beans, cooked Italian sausage, and parmesan cheese rind if you are using one. Mix everything together.
    1 28oz can diced tomatoes with juice, 3 cups chicken broth, 1 cup ditalini pasta, 1 14.5 oz can cannellini beans, 1 parmesan cheese rind
  • Finally, put the lid on your Instant Pot and make sure the vent is closed. Turn the Instant Pot saute mode off and switch it to "Manual Mode" at high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • It will take about 15 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. It will then count down 4 minutes. When the 4 minutes is up, turn the Instant Pot off and let it release naturally for 5 minutes. Then, quick release the remaining pressure. (I use a 6 quart Instant Pot and this amount of liquid has never been a problem as far as exploding with a quick release. I wouldn't quick release with a 3 quart Instant Pot.)
  • Once all the pressure is released, open the lid. Your soup will be done!

Notes

Tips
  • I use a 6 quart Instant Pot to make this recipe. You can also make this using an 8 quart Instant Pot. You can make this in a 3 quart Instant Pot, but cook for only 3 minutes and do not quick release.
  • This recipe is made infinitely more delicious with the addition of a parmesan cheese rind. It makes it saltier, cheesier, and more delicious. 
  • Eat this for lunch the day after you make it. The pasta in the starchy broth gets thicker overnight and will be really yummy.
Storage/Shelf Life
  • Once cooled, store your pasta e fagioli in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will be good for about 5 – 7 days.
  • You can also freeze pasta e fagioli, but the texture of the pasta will be a little *off* when defrosted. If you are planning on freezing your leftovers, cook the pasta separately and add it when serving. (Use 1 cup less chicken broth and only cook for 3 minutes if you are cooking the pasta separately.)
FAQ’s
  • What else can you add to pasta e fagioli?
    • You can add spinach or escarole – add it to the soup after you cook it and let it sit for a few minutes. The hot broth will wilt the greens.
    • You can also add more beans – red kidney beans are an excellent addition.
  • How do you make vegetarian or vegan pasta e fagioli?
    • To make vegetarian pasta e fagioli, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and leave out the bacon and sausage. You can also double the beans to get more protein in your soup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 267kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 9gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 905mgPotassium: 261mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 63IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is approximate and is automatically calculated, so should only be used as a guide.

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: beans, instantpot, pantry, pasta
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Hi, I’m Kari!

I am a newlywed, food blogger, health coach, and mama to a hot mess of a border collie. I love to put a new spin on old family recipes and I try to make as many meals as possible with an Instant Pot.

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