I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this recipe is better than the original! I love going out to eat and having someone else make me dinner, unfortunately we can't do that every night. For those nights when you want to cook a big batch of soup--this soup will fit the bill! It feeds a huge crowd so if you're serving a small group you may want to halve it.
Recipe for Slow Cooker Copycat Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup print recipe
Cooking time: 6-8 hours on low
Makes 10-12 servings (this recipe makes a lot...you may want to halve it)
1lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 small onion, finely diced
1 cup shredded carrots(if you'd rather have chunks
or diced that is fine too, I just do shredded for the kids so they don't know
it's healthy :) 1 cup finely sliced celery 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce 2 (15 oz) cans beef broth (or 3 cups water + 1 Tbsp beef bouillon granules)* 1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, with liquid 1 (15oz) can great northern beans, with liquid 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste, if needed 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon pepper
cup apple juice
8 oz dry ditalini pasta
Parmesan cheese or mozzarella, for serving
Salt and pepper to taste
Garlic powder, oregano, basil to taste
1. Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink,
lightly seasoning with salt & pepper. Drain then add to a large slow
cooker. Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce,
broth, kidney beans, great northern beans, salt, oregano, basil, thyme and
2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or
until veggies are tender.
3. Add in apple juice.
4. When the soup has 10 minutes left to
cook, cook pasta in salted boiling water until just under al dente. Drain, then
add to the soup and let cook for about 5-10 more minutes.(if you add the
uncooked pasta straight to the slow cooker it will get really thick so you'll
have to add a lot more broth, and then adjust the seasonings.
Unfortunately, it's best this time to stick with the stove top to cook
5. Salt and pepper to taste. Then
season with garlic powder, oregano and basil, if needed. (*I also
added a little more beef broth because, it got too thick)
6. Ladle into serving bowls and top with
Parmesan cheese or mozzarella.
I know that dinner time can
be less than relaxing. Busy
schedules and cranky kids
and a hundred other things
can lead to weariness when
it comes to putting dinner on
the table. I can help! I make
slow cooker dinners and share the recipes with you.