101 Cooking For Two - Everyday Recipes for Two: Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Copycat Soup

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Copycat Soup

Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Copycat Soup from 101 Cooking For Two
A really good hardy soup that is a copy cat of Olive Gardens Pasta E Fagioli. Now you can make this gem at home.


My son was home over the holidays and discussion turned to recipes and this is one of his favorites. I was in a soup mood anyways and in need of leftovers. In-spite of this not being very "cooking for two" friendly, we finished every last drop without freezing.

So the inspired by goes to a Food.com recipe . Only a few minor changes.

Rating
An excellent soup as expected. This would be a great company recipe to cook ahead.

Notes: The original recipe calls for the beans to be put in with their packing liquid. This does increase the sodium some (and I have caught heat on this before) so I did rinse the beans and then added a can of beef broth to replace the liquids.
This is a thick soup as written. I liked it better with another can of broth.

 Getting your act together.
 Start with browning 1 pound of ground beef in a large stock pot over medium high heat. I used the Dutch oven. Drain excess fat.
 While the meat in browning, dice one medium onion and chop 3 stalks celery. Juline one large or 2 medium carrots. Mince 2 cloves garlic.
Add the prepared veggies to the browned meat. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
 Add 2 - 14 1/2 oz cans diced tomatoes, 15 oz can tomato sauce, 12oz of V8 vegetable juice, 1 t vinegar, 1 1/2 t salt, 1 t oregano, 1 t basil, 1/2 t pepper and 1/2 t thyme. Add 1 can each red kidney and great northern beans. I rinsed the beans and added a can of beef broth. Add a second can of broth of you want a little more of a soup texture (which is what I remember the original like).
Simmer for 1 hour then add 1/2 pound of pasta cooked al dente.
Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Copycat Soup from 101 Cooking For Two
Simmer 10 more minutes and serve.




Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Copycat Soup


A really good hardy soup that is a copy cat of Olive Gardens Pasta E Fagioli. Now you can make this gem at home.
Ingredients
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 large or 2 medium carrot julinied
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 - 14 1/2 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 12 oz V8 vegetable juice
  • 1 t vinegar
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 t basil
  • 1 can drained red kidney beans
  • 1 can drained great northern beans
  • 1 or 2 cans beef broth
  • 1/2 pound pasta al dente
Instructions
1) Start with browning 1 pound of ground beef in a large stock pot over medium high heat. I used the Dutch oven. Drain excess fat.2) While the meat in browning, dice one medium onion and chop 3 stalks celery. Juline one large or 2 medium carrots. Mince 2 cloves garlic.3) Add the prepared veggies to the browned meat. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes.4) Add 2 - 14 1/2 oz cans diced tomatoes, 15 oz can tomato sauce, 12oz of V8 vegetable juice, 1 t vinegar, 1 1/2 t salt, 1 t oregano, 1 t basil, 1/2 t pepper and 1/2 t thyme. 5) Add 1 can each red kidney and great northern beans. I rinsed the beans and added a can of beef broth. Add a second can of broth of you want a little more of a soup texture (which is what I remember the original like).6) Simmer for 1 hour then add 1/2 pound of pasta cooked al dente. Simmer 10 more minutes and serve.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 serving

Updated

January 8 2013

DrDan

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2 Comments:

At January 13, 2013 at 7:42 PM , Blogger Chris said...

That is one of the girls' at Alexis' work favorites. I made a version for them last year and they went nuts over it.

I sometimes rinse beans, sometimes don't, depending on the bean and use. But it's probably a good practice to follow.

 
At January 13, 2013 at 9:22 PM , Blogger Dr Dan said...

I think I will rinse beans from a can more than from a jar. I don't know why. It does decrease the sodium some but not that much. I'm going to try to plan my cooking more and I want to do some dried beans soon.
The soup was excellent but I will try to do half a batch or immediately freeze some if I do it again. It made a massive amount.

 

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