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Gluten Free Pasta Fagiloi Soup (Dairy Free too)

Gluten Free Pasta Fagioli Soup, everyone's favorite, copycat Olive Garden soup recipe is loaded with hearty ground sausage, fresh diced vegetables, beans, tender ditalini pasta noodles, and delicious herbs in a savory broth.

Dairy Free Pasta Fagioli Soup is absolutely delicious and will always be a favorite in our home.

And you don't want to miss out on this hearty, cozy-sweater soup recipe either.

Did you know you can easily prepare this recipe over the stovetop or in the Crock-Pot?

This recipe is so easy yet so, so delicious!

A black bowl full of ground Italian sausage, diced celery and carrots, gluten free ditalini pasta, beans, and broth next to two buttery dinner rolls and spoons.
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Why Make Pasta Fazool soup? 

  • Not only is this soup gluten free and dairy free, but it's also soy and egg free, too.
  • You won't believe how mouthwatering this soup smells as it simmers over the stovetop.
  • It's hearty, made with inexpensive ingredients, and can be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd or put some away for later
  • It's relatively healthy and perfect for busy weeknights.

Soup Ingredient Notes

Get more info in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • grapeseed oil-- or use your favorite oil such as vegetable or olive oil
  • diced yellow onion
  • ground sausage-- always double check your sausage brand is gluten free. We prefer the Mulay's Italian sausage which is certified gluten free and free of the top 8 allergens. You can also substitute with ground beef or ground turkey in this recipe. Plus the meat can be omitted for a meatless recipe.
  • diced fire roasted tomatoes-- we use these fire roasted tomatoes in most of our soup recipes. These are fire roasted over an open flame to accentuate their sweet flavor and elevate the flavor of recipes.
  • tomato sauce
  • tomato paste
  • Worcestershire sauce-- in the United States the Lea and Perrins brand is gluten free
  • beef broth-- we use Pacific Brands. Here is there allergen information. You can also use chicken broth. And if you'd like to stretch this recipe out with more servings, add more broth to the recipe.
  • diced carrot
  • diced celery
  • paprika-- always double check your spices are gluten free. The McCormick brand is a well-known safe brand.
  • Italian seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • oregano
  • black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • dark red kidney beans-- canned
  • great northern beans-- canned
  • gluten free ditalini pasta-- our go-to is the Le Veneziane corn pasta. You can also use other small noodles such as small elbow noodles or mini shells. We would not recommend longer noodles such as penne or spaghetti pasta.
  • garnishes-- grated dairy free cheese, fresh chopped parsley

Helpful Kitchen Tools

Measuring cups and spoons

Large pot

cutting board and knife

Can opener

Colander 

How to Make Gluten Free Pasta Fagioli Soup

  1. Add oil to a large pot and heat on medium. Once heated add in the diced onions.
  2. Then add sausage and brown, cutting into smaller bite size pieces. Drain excess grease.
  3. Place the fire roasted tomatoes, sauce, and paste into the pot, along with the Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, carrots, celery and spices; cover.
  4. Simmer on medium-high heat until the veggies are tender. Add in the beans and turn to low.
  5. Prepare the pasta as directed on the box.
  6. Serve the soup into individual bowls and add in tender pasta. Garnish with your favorite grated dairy free cheese and fresh chopped basil on top.

Storage

Refrigerate and store leftovers up to 3 days in an airtight container.

You can reheat in the microwave or in a pot on the stove. 

Tips

  • Cook the pasta al dente for this bean soup so it doesn't get mushy in the soup. 
  • Add a kick of heat by adding some red pepper flakes. 
  • Make a double or triple batch of this perfect recipe and freeze the soup so you can always have the ultimate comfort food on hand. 
  • Make this soup even easier by using the crock pot instead of a large stock pot and enjoy the heavenly smell throughout your house all day long. 
A black bowl full of ground Italian sausage, diced celery and carrots, gluten free ditalini pasta, beans, and broth garnished with dairy free chese.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do we add in the soft, tender pasta noodles?

We prefer to add the tender pasta noodles to individual bowls of soup as we serve them.

This way any leftover soup will still taste absolutely delicious and you won't offend anyone with mushy or soggy ditalini noodles that continued soaking up soup broth.

We suggest refrigerating leftover pasta noodles and soup in different airtight containers up to 3 days.

What gluten free pasta noodles can I use?

We oftentimes use the Le Veneziane Ditalini corn pasta available on Amazon. It's silly how much fun it is to add these pasta noodles to this soup.

You really think you're in Olive Garden enjoying this soup!

Not to mention small noodles such as elbow or mini shells also work well.

However, we don't recommend serving this soup with longer noodles such as penne pasta or spaghetti pasta.

Can this soup be prepared in the Crock-Pot?

Great news! This copycat Olive Garden soup can easily be prepared in the slow cooker.

We do suggest adding in the beans the last half of the time; otherwise they get mushy.

And prepare the gluten free pasta noodles according to the box directions on the stovetop just before serving.

Simply add the tender noodles to individual bowls of soup.

Can this soup be prepared ahead of time?

Yes. This is an easy-peasy soup to prepare in advance, then refrigerate.

We suggest heating and adding the beans and pasta noodles in just before serving; otherwise, they tend to get mushy.

Can this soup be frozen?

Yes. Again we only freeze the base of this soup and add in heated beans and ditalini pasta before serving.

What is the difference between pasta e fagioli and minestrone soup?

These two Italian soups are actually very similar.

The main difference is minestrone features a wide variety of vegetables, pasta fagioli emphasizes the pasta and beans.

Both soups are a win-win in our home.

What does fagioli mean in Italian?

The word fagioli (pronounced "fa-JOLE-ee") is the Italian word for beans.

What sides go best with pasta e fagioli soup?

We have enjoyed this homemade Italian soup with baked potato wedges, roasted brussels sprouts, steamed green beans, and roasted carrots.

And oftentimes we enjoy these warm delicious dinner rolls and breadsticks from My Bread Gluten Free Bakery on the side too.

These taste incredibly wonderful with this cozy soup.

BTW-- everything in their online bakery is gluten, dairy, soy, egg, and nut free, and amazing.

more cozy and warming dinner recipes you'll love

  • lasagna soup-- one-pot soup with all your favorite Italian ingredients perfectly simmered and delicious
  • manicotti-- flavored ground beef with a creamy spinach ricotta stuffed into tender manicotti shells, covered with a delicious pasta sauce and baked to perfection
  • cowboy hamburger soup-- a filling, incredibly easy to make dish that tastes oh so comforting on chilly days
  • chicken pot pie-- creamy, full of flavorful vegetables, packed with shredded rotisserie chicken, and all nestled in a flaky, buttery crust. This is a must-try recipe.
A black bowl full of ground Italian sausage, diced celery and carrots, gluten free ditalini pasta, beans, and broth next to two buttery dinner rolls.

This gluten free pasta e fagioli is super easy to make and the entire family really enjoy the gluten-free pasta in this allergy-free recipe!

The next time you need a dinner idea, make this favorite soup recipe! It's a great way to fill everyone's belly. 

A black bowl full of ground Italian sausage, diced celery and carrots, gluten free ditalini pasta, beans, and broth next to two buttery dinner rolls.

Gluten Free Pasta Fagioli Soup

This hearty and filling dairy free soup recipe is just as good as Olive Garden's.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon grapeseed oil or oil of choice
  • yellow onion diced
  • 1 pound gluten free ground Italian sausage can substitute with ground beef or turkey
  • 14.5 ounces fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon gluten free Worcestershire sauce suggestion in post
  • 4 cups beef broth can substitute with chicken broth
  • 1 cup carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper add more to taste
  • salt add to taste
  • 15 ounces canned dark red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounces canned great northern beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup dry gluten free ditalini pasta other suggestions in post
  • garnishes-- grated dairy free cheese and chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Add oil to a large pot and heat on medium. Once heated add in the diced onions.
  • Then add sausage and brown, cutting into smaller bite size pieces. Drain excess grease.
  • Place the fire roasted tomatoes, sauce, and paste into the pot, along with the Worcestershire sauce, beef broth, carrots, celery and spices; cover.
  • Simmer on medium-high heat until the veggies are tender. Add in the beans and turn to low.
  • Prepare the pasta as directed on the box.
  • Serve the soup into individual bowls and add in tender pasta. Garnish with your favorite grated dairy free cheese and fresh chopped basil on top.
  • Refrigerate and store leftovers up to 3 days. Reheat and serve.

Notes

We suggest keeping the soup and pasta in separate containers so the pasta doesn't soak up the liquid in the soup and turn mushy.
This recipe can easily be adapted to your Crock-Pot as well. Brown the meat as directed. Then meat and all soup ingredients to the Crock-Pot except the beans and pasta noodles on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Add in the beans the last hour and boil pasta noodles as directed just prior to serving. 

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Eating Gluten and Dairy Free” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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Recipe Rating




Tara

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

Easy to pull together…prepped and just warmed up before serving. Kept pasta separate until then also. The sausage makes this extra yummy!

Jill

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

Tara- I'm so excited you enjoyed this recipe. And you are right, the ground sausage does make for an extra yummy soup. Jill