Pasta e Fagioli Soup Recipe (Olive Garden Copycat)

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This red chunky meaty bean soup is the copycat version Olive Garden serves, known as the Pasta e Fagipoli soup.  A blend of tomatoes, beans, crumbled mild sausages and ditalini pasta is combined to make a hearty yet delicious soup.

This recipe is really easy and can be done even easier if you purchase pre-julienned carrots and substitute celery seeds for real celery but regardless, it’s still simple to follow. I really like this soup and using mild sausages (casings removed) makes a great choice of ground meat as it’s already seasoned.

I’ve made this soup multiple of times now and In my opinion this tastes very close to the Olive Garden Version so when Im in for a some homemade pasta e fagioli soup this is the recipe I turn to.

Even if you have never tried the Olive Garden version, but like a nice deep red chunky soup then this is a must try!

pasta-e-fagioli-soup-recipe-copycat-olive-garden-recipe-alyonscooking.comIngredients:

  • 2 mild sausages, casings removed
  • 1/3 cup small pasta (Ditalini)
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups water + 1/2 TBSP beef bullion (or substitute stock for the water and bullion)
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 TBSP ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed (or 1 stalk of fresh celery)
  • 1/2 can of red kidney beans
  • 1/2 can white beans

Directions:

1. In a large pot sauté the onion (and fresh celery if using) in a few tbsp of olive oil. Add in the crumbled meat and fry until partially cooked through.

2. Add in the water, bullion, canned tomatoes, ketchup, sugar, carrots and garlic. Allow to simmer 10-15 minutes uncovered.

3. Next add in the spices, salt & pepper to taste, pasta and beans. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese before serving.

Pasta e Fagioli Soup Recipe (Olive Garden Copycat)
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2 mild sausages, casings removed
  • ⅓ cup small pasta (Ditalini)
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups water + ½ TBSP beef bullion (or substitute stock for the water and bullion)
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • 2 TBSP ketchup
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp celery seed (or 1 stalk of fresh celery)
  • ½ can of red kidney beans
  • ½ can white beans
Instructions
  1. In a large pot sauté the onion (and fresh celery if using) in a few tbsp of olive oil. Add in the crumbled meat and fry until partially cooked through.
  2. Add in the water, bullion, canned tomatoes, ketchup, sugar, carrots and garlic. Allow to simmer 10-15 minutes uncovered.
  3. Next add in the spices, salt & pepper to taste, pasta and beans. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese before serving.

 

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6 thoughts on “Pasta e Fagioli Soup Recipe (Olive Garden Copycat)

  1. So do you put in dry pasta at the end and only cook it for 5 mins? Is that enough? Or is the pasta already cooked and then added in for the last 5 mins?

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    1. You would cook the uncooked pasta for about 5 minutes since its a small kind. Just cut back the required cooking time for the pasta of your choice as long as its tiny, by a few minutes. It’s going to sit in a hot soup anyways so it’s better to undercook to aldente rather than over cooking to falling apart pasta.

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  2. Is the amount of liquid in this soup enough? It seems small for that amount of ingirdients? Do you add in the liquid from the beans too , or drain the beans?

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    1. This soup is on the chunkier side but it shouldn’t be overly thick. The tomato juices are to be used up but do rinse the beans from their liquid. If you try to keep the amount of ingredients according to the list, it should be a proportional amount of liquid.

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      1. Thank you for replying back quickly. I plan on making this today If I get out to the store today. Where did you buy your pasta? I haven’t seen similar kind in my local store.

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        1. Your welcome Olga, The pasta shown on the soup post was from a grocery store called Stop & Shop. Check major grocery stores near your area or even Walmart for Ditalini pasta.

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