Pasta e Fagioli (Olive Garden Copycat)

Introduction:

Craving the comforting flavors of Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli? Look no further! This copycat recipe brings the deliciousness of this classic Italian soup right to your kitchen. With hearty ground beef, beans, vegetables, and pasta, it’s a satisfying meal that’s perfect for any day of the week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, diced into small cubes
  • 1 large onion, diced into small cubes
  • 1 stalk celery, diced into small cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 15 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 15 oz canned Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz canned Kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup ditalini pasta
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt, adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper, adjust to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, (optional)

Directions:

  1. Brown Ground Beef: Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it apart into small pieces. Drain excess fat and set aside.
  2. Saute Vegetables: In the same pot, add diced carrots, onion, celery, and garlic. Saute until vegetables are softened, about 4 minutes.
  3. Combine Ingredients: Return cooked beef to the pot. Add canned diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Great Northern beans, and Kidney beans. Stir to combine.
  4. Simmer Soup: Pour in chicken broth and let the soup simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Add Pasta and Seasoning: Stir in ditalini pasta, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Cook for an additional 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  6. Serve: Serve hot, optionally garnished with fresh basil or grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutritional Information:

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Kcal: 300 per serving
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Category: Soup
  • Calories: 300
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Sugar: 5 grams
  • Sodium: 800 mg
  • Fat: 10 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 35 grams
  • Fiber: 8 grams
  • Protein: 20 grams
  • Cholesterol: 40 mg

Resources:

  1. Italian Seasoning Blend Recipe – Make Your Own Italian Seasoning at Home
  2. Guide to Cooking Pasta Perfectly – Tips for Cooking Pasta Al Dente

Conclusion:

With its rich flavors and hearty ingredients, this Pasta e Fagioli recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household. Serve it with crusty bread for a complete and satisfying meal that will warm you up from the inside out.

FAQs:

  1. Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?
    • Yes, you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef if you prefer a leaner option.
  2. Can I use different types of pasta?
    • Yes, feel free to use your favorite pasta shape or whatever you have on hand.
  3. Can I make this soup vegetarian?
    • Yes, you can omit the ground beef and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for a vegetarian version.
  4. Can I freeze leftovers?
    • Yes, this soup freezes well. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to airtight containers or freezer bags. Thaw and reheat before serving.
  5. Can I add extra vegetables?
    • Absolutely! You can customize this soup by adding additional vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, or spinach. Just adjust the cooking time as needed.

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