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Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup


We love Olive Garden… Admittedly, I never went there before I even met Nick and when he found out, it was utter outrage (not really) and immediately he decided he had to introduce me to endless breadsticks, soup and salad. And I love all of the above (find the Olive Garden Breadsticks recipe here).

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This Fagioli soup is one of their best in my opinion, it has a home cooked, hearty feel that makes you just want to melt into your chair with the whole pot and never leave. Luckily, instead of embarrassing Nick in a crowded restaurant we found the recipe we can make in the comfort of our own home!

Now I can still melt (and eat the whole bowl [pot]) without embarrassment.

Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup


1 lb lean ground beef or mild Italian sausage (I’ve tried both and like either)
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
1 cup diced carrots (about 2 medium)
1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)
3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp)
3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
2 (14.5 oz) cans low sodium chicken broth or beef broth
1/2 cup water, then more as desired
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 tsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 scant cup dry ditalini pasta
1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
Finely shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese, for serving

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over medium high heat, crumble in ground beef or sausage and cook, stirring occasionally until cooked through. Drain fat from beef then transfer beef to a plate, set aside. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in same large saucepan, onions, carrots, and celery over medium-high heat until tender about 6 minutes, add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Reduce heat to a low, add tomato sauce, beef broth, water, canned tomatoes, sugar, basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram and cooked beef then season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover with lid and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until veggies are soft, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile prepare ditalini pasta according to directions on package, cooking to al dente.

Add cooked and drained pasta to soup* along with kidney beans and great northern beans. Thin with a little more water if desired. Allow to cook 2 minutes longer. Serve warm with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese.
*If you don’t plan on eating all of the soup right away I recommend adding the pasta to individual servings. Then whatever is left over you can add the pasta to that the next day. Otherwise the pasta get’s really soggy and soup doesn’t have enough liquid.

We hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!


~Jess Wood

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February 2, 2017