This is a clone of Olive Garden's yummy soup - and you can use your crock pot!
Here's the recipe found here at RecipeZaar.
2 lbs ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 can white kidney beans, drained
2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
3 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons pepper
5 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1 jar spaghetti sauce
8 ounces pasta - I used elbow macaroni
Brown beef in a skillet.
TO EAT TODAY:
Place all of the ingredients into a crock pot.
Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
*The original recipe said to NOT add the pasta until the last 30 minutes (high heat) or 1 hour (low heat) except I missed that instruction and already had it mixed in. If you make it on your own, you can try it that way.
TO FREEZE FOR LATER:
Place all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the beef broth into a gallon-size Ziploc baggie (the broth won't fit). Freeze flat.
Thaw and put in your crock pot.
Add beef broth and follow the cooking instructions above.