Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli Soup (Copycat Recipe)

When Kevin and I began dating our favorite place to go to spend time together talking over a meal was Olive Garden. 

Fast forward 15 years and we still love eating there however adding work, school and 3 children into that mix it is really hard for us to get there to eat and honestly it is really expensive for my family of 5.

My awesome husband loves their soup and until recently I just never thought about making it at home. I am scared of soup recipes. I can't explain it but there is just something about soup. I like the normal staples - potato, chicken noodle, tomato, vegetable. I guess because their safe choices. 

After scrolling through Pinterest the other week and seeing this I knew I had to make it for my awesome husband.

I tweaked the recipe I found and this is what I used:

1 lb ground beef
2 cups diced carrots
2 cups diced celery
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
3 - 8oz tomato sauce
4 cups beef broth
1 cup water
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 box of pasta
1 can red kidney beans (drained)
1 can great northern beans (drained)
Romano cheese to top

Cook ground beef. Drain beef and set to the side.

Put a little oil in pan and add carrots, celery, onion and saute for about 5 minutes. Then add garlic and cook for another minute. Add tomato sauce, beef broth, water, canned tomatoes, sugar, basil, oregano and the ground beef and some salt and pepper. Cook for about 30 minutes.

Cook pasta as directed on package separately, drain.

Add cooked and drained pasta to the soup along with beans.

Cook for 5 more minutes. 

Top with cheese and your ready to enjoy!

This wasn't as good as Olive Gardens soup but I will be honest it was still a very good soup recipe.


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