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Our Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup copycat recipe tastes just like the original. This hearty, Italian-seasoned soup is easily made in a slow cooker.
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- Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Recipe
- What is Pasta e Fagioli Soup?
- Ingredients in Fagioli Soup
- Tips for Pasta e Fagioli Soup
- Frequently Asked Questions
- What to Serve with Pasta Fagioli Soup
- More Slow Cooker Soups to Try
- How to make Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup Copycat
- Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup Recipe
Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Recipe
This Pasta e Fagioli Soup is one of our family’s most favorite cold weather meals. It reminds me of fall leaves, football season, sweaters and cozy fires. It’s my top choice at Olive Garden every time we go there to eat, so I decided to find a way to make it at home. This copycat recipe tastes exactly like the popular restaurant dish!
What is Pasta e Fagioli Soup?
This Italian soup literally means “pasta and beans” so that’s what you’ll find in this dish, along with ground beef, Italian seasonings in a rich tomato based broth. Pasta E Fagioli is very similar to another hearty favorite, minestrone soup. The difference between these two soups is minestrone uses several different veggies and Pasta e Fagioli features onion, celery and carrots for flavor, but no other vegetables.
Ingredients in Fagioli Soup
- Ground Beef – For this recipe I like to use lean ground beef (93%/7%). If the beef is too fatty, then it makes the soup very oily. You can also sub the beef for Italian sausage, bacon, or pancetta.
- Onion, Carrots, and Celery – This combination of savory vegetables is often called a mirepoix. Together, they create a base of flavor for the soup. White onion or yellow onion both work great.
- Diced Tomatoes – Tomatoes help to make up the base of the soup broth. Make sure you don’t drain the tomatoes. Add the tomatoes and the juices to the crock pot.
- Red and White Kidney Beans – It wouldn’t be Pasta e Fagioli without the fagioli! As you might have guessed, fagioli means beans. I like to use dark red kidney beans and also white kidney beans, great northern beans, or cannellini beans.
- Beef Stock – You can use beef stock, beef broth, or even chicken broth or vegetable broth in a pinch.
- Spices – The spice mix for this recipe includes oregano, parsley, salt, and pepper. If you want to expand on the flavor profile, then consider adding garlic powder, garlic cloves, basil, thyme, or a few bay leaves.
- Tabasco Sauce – Tabasco sauce adds a little bit of spice and also a depth of flavor to this soup.
- Prego Sauce – Prego Traditional tomato sauce is our favorite for this recipe.
- Ditalini Pasta – Ditalini pasta is the pasta that Olive Garden uses, but you can use other shapes like small shells, wagon wheels, or elbow macaroni noodles. Cook the pasta to just barely al dente, as it will soften in the soup.
- Optional Toppings – This soup is perfect as is, but I like to top my bowl with grated parmesan cheese, parsley flakes, and red pepper flakes.
Tips for Pasta e Fagioli Soup
- This pasta Fagioli recipe makes a LOT of soup (approximately 20, 1 cup servings) so it’s a terrific recipe for feeding a crowd or if you like leftovers for lunches. It’ll stay fresh in the refrigerator for about a week.
- This soup also freezes well, so store in freezer safe containers or Ziploc bags in the freezer for up to two months.
- Make sure to use a large crock pot, or feel free to cut the recipe in half.
- Pasta e Fagioli is delicious served with some crusty bread, our delicious Italian Cheesy Bread recipe, or one of my favorites, cornbread. Our Cake Mix Cornbread is goes perfectly with this soup.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! You will need a very large pot, or you will need to half the recipe. Brown and drain the beef, and add it, along with all other ingredients besides the pasta, to a large pot. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then turn heat to low bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Simmer, covered, until the vegetables are tender. Cook pasta according to package directions and add to soup before serving.
They are the same! Pasta Fazool is a nickname for pasta e fagioli that comes from New York Italians.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months.
Yes, you just need to sub out the pasta for a gluten-free pasta.
Yes, this soup is hearty, filling, and loaded with protein and fiber.
What to Serve with Pasta Fagioli Soup
When we make Pasta e Fagioli soup we like to pretend that it’s unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks at Olive Garden. This soup is delicious with our Easy Breadsticks, Garlic Bread, or Breadtwists and Italian Salad or Wedge Salad.
More Slow Cooker Soups to Try
How to make Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup Copycat
Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup
- Crockpot Slow Cooker
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 carrots shredded
- 1 cup celery chopped
- 28 ounces diced tomatoes undrained
- 16 ounces red kidney beans drained
- 16 ounces white kidney beans drained
- 4 cups beef stock
- 3 teaspoons oregano
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- 5 teaspoons parsley
- 1 teaspoons tabasco sauce
- 20 ounces Prego traditional spaghetti sauce
- 8 ounces Ditalini pasta
- Brown ground beef in large skillet. Drain fat.
- Add beef and all ingredients except the pasta into a large crock pot. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
- Before serving, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and add to soup.
- Serve in bowls topped with parmesan cheese and parsley if desired. Also, we love to serve this soup with crusty bread, breadsticks, or cornbread.
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