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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pasta & Fagioli Soup - Olive Garden-style by Mags

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.

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.

Place all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the beef broth into a gallon-size Ziploc baggie (the broth won't fit). Freeze flat.

Serving Day:
Thaw and put in your crock pot.
Add beef broth and follow the cooking instructions above.


  1. I'm so glad I found this blog! I am starting a freezer group and this is such a huge help! Thank you!

  2. Okay - so there may have been a reason not to mix in the pasta with the soup because in the crockpot, they do get a little mushy. But yours is already mixed in so either heat this soup up on the stove instead of the crockpot or just enjoy squishier-type noodles.

    Everyone loved the flavor of this in my house - perfect for a cold day. It's chunkier - like a stew or thick chili vs. a soup. If you wanted it runnier, you would add a third can of beef broth (but much broth would NOT fit in my crockpot!). We enjoyed this a lot - hope you all do too!
    :) Mags

  3. Wow, this makes alot!! We had enough for 2 meals. It was great. I would definitely make the noodles separate and add at the end when everything else is cooked. All of my kids liked this, which is amazing. Thanks for a great meal.

  4. Adults liked it. The kids fussed some, but ate it. It is thick and hearty which we like! Thanks for yummy soup!

  5. Goodness. I don't know how we lost this one in the bottom of our freezer. I took this to St. Louis to enjoy with family. Everyone agreed to a big thumbs up!

  6. We enjoyed this a lot - hope you all do too!

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