365 Days of Slow Cooking: Recipe for Slow Cooker Copycat Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Recipe for Slow Cooker Copycat Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup

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Recipe for Slow Cooker Copycat Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup



Makes 10-12 servings
Ideal slow cooker size:  6 quart
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 siced 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

1/2 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 pepper.
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 the noodles.)
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.
Recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

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Review
This was one of those recipes that I kept on adding stuff at the end to get just right.  The apple juice sounds weird but it actually gave it a bit of flavor but you wouldn't know it was in there if no one told you!  This recipe makes a TON!  I gave half to my neighbor and we still had a little leftover.  I liked the use of the little ditalini pasta, they were perfect.  The kids ate this up happily and it is quite hearty with all the veggies, beans and the pasta.  3 1/2 stars.

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38 comments:

  1. Wow ! the recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this easy-looking recipe. I MIGHT try it sometime soon.

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  2. Could you cut it in half or freeze the leftovers?

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  3. unknown,
    yes! you could definitely cut it in half. the only problem is that the cans of beans would have to be halved too so you'd have half a can of beans in the fridge. or you could put a whole can of just one kind of bean in...that would probably work great. I'm not sure how it would freeze with the pasta in it. Maybe take out half and freeze before you add the pasta. good luck!
    Karen

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  4. Anonymous15/1/13 07:50

    I am trying it today. Fingers crossed for a glorious soup during this chilly weather!

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  5. Anonymous20/1/13 15:13

    We are not into beans so ig I leave those out should I increase the liquid?

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  6. anonymous, I would leave the liquid the same. The recipe calls for canned beans which are already cooked so they don't soak up much liquid. I wonder what you could sub for beans that you may like? Corn? More meat? It seems like it wouldnt be all that filling without them.

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  7. HI Karen
    Another hit as usual! Thank you sooo much for sharing I'll defnitely spread the word!

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  8. WONDERFUL! This is a great copycat recipe for the Olive Garden version. I did chop the carrots in lieu of shredding (laziness on my part) and it was still great. HIGHLY recommend this recipe. Love the fact there isn't spaghetti sauce in it, like other versions call for.

    Susan

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  9. Susan, so glad you liked it!
    Karen

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  10. Anonymous16/8/13 09:27

    Just reading comments, I know, a little late in the conversation but for the one who didn't want to use beans, you could use some canned diced potatoes. Rinsed off, they don't require as much liquid to cook. You might add 6-8 oz of beef broth and adjust seasonings as well. Soup is grand!

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  11. Anonymous29/8/13 16:58

    I make something very very similar and in the summer when veggies are fresh, I make a "base" of zuchinni, onions, and tomatoes and I freeze it. Then in the winter I just take the "base" out and add 28 oz crushed tomatoes, herbs, beans and water (or broth) and have a wonderful soup. I do not freeze the pasta. I have also made the large batch and freeze half (again, do not freeze the pasta, cook it fresh and add it to the soup once it is hot!) Yummy!!

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  12. Your recipe looks MARVELOUS, I'll make it your way first and then make it Pasta e Lentini. Or not

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  13. Anonymous12/9/13 11:10

    I took a hint from someone who cooks the pasta separately and then each person can add as much pasta as they want . if you leave a lot of pasta in the soup it will sock up lots of liquid.

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  14. NEVER, EVER, cook PASTA in any soup unless you are going to serve soon, because the pasta will SOAK up all of your BROTH. ALWAYS cook pasta on the side, and add to plate. YES, this would FREEZE very well (without the pasta). Great recipe.

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  15. Anonymous1/11/13 07:16

    Love love love this!
    I used brown rice instead of the pasta. It came out great! THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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  16. So glad you liked it! Good job using the rice. That is a good way to make this Pasta E Fagioli recipe gluten free!

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  17. Making this for dinner this week! Looks delicious, so we can't wait. :)

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  18. I pinned this a while ago, but finally made it tonight. It was a hit! Loved it. Tasted exactly like Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli soup. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  19. Loved this recipe! Most definitely one to keep on hand especially for the winter. I froze half of the pot (minus the pasta). Thank you for posting.

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  20. Made this today two rhumbs up from the family. I added more liquid as the soup looked really thick.

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  21. Hi - this looks great. Do you really not drain/rinse the beans?? thanks

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  22. Amy, nope! You can if you want though...see if it turns out!

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  23. Any chance of getting nutritional information or did I miss it?

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    1. I am not sure of the nutrition info! There are websites that allow you to type in a recipe and it will give you the nutrition info.

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  24. Anonymous3/1/14 08:41

    Do you add the apple juice when you add the pasta?? Thank you.

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  25. Anonymous13/1/14 09:48

    Siiiigh. So, I accidentally forgot to brown my meat before putting it in.. Not my day.. Is this ok, will it cook or do I need to throw it out and start over?

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    1. I'm betting it didn't turn out. Am I right??

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  26. Anonymous20/1/14 14:41

    I made this yesterday. BETTER than Olive Garden! Thank you for a great winter receipe that I will be sure to make a lot of. I am glad I made it in my oval crock pot. Also, I made it with ground white meat chicken and I did not cook the meat first. It really is a faboulous meal!

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    1. Yum...I love ground chicken. I will have to try that!

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  27. Anonymous25/2/14 09:05

    Making this for 1st time........accidentally added apple juice before I was supposed to according to how the recipe is stated...............will this ruin the recipe?

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  28. I wanted to make this during Lent as a meat free meal. Do you think it would taste alright without the ground beef in it?

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    1. I'd be nervous that without the meat a lot of flavor would be missing. Try these meatless recipes instead maybe: http://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/2009/01/meatless.html

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  29. This recipe was great! And I really like your blog. I'm a new food blogger and would love to post my version of this recipe on my blog and put a link to your blog and recipe? Thanks.

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  30. Do you think that ground Italian sausage would be good in this instead of ground beef? I have used it before in some Italian soups and it has added even more flavor.

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    1. I think that would be amazing! I will try that next time :)

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