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Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli

By Todd Wilbur


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Menu Description: "White and red beans, ground beef, tomatoes and pasta in a savory broth."

It's amazing how many lousy clone recipes for this delicious chili-like soup are floating around. Cooking message boards, and questionable sites that claim to have "actual restaurant recipes" have for years passed off numerous versions that disapoint home chefs. Other formulas leave out major ingredients that you can clearly see in the real thing, like the carrots, or ground beef, or two kinds of beans. Others don't even get the pasta right—it's clearly ditalini pasta, which are short little tubes. If you want the taste of Olive Garden's famous Pasta e Fagioli at home, this may be the only recipe that will live up to a side-by-side taste test. Beware of imitation imitations!

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced (1 cup)
  • 1 large carrot, julienned (1 cup)
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can red kidney beans (with liquid)
  • 1 15-ounce can great northern beans (with liquid)
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 12-ounce can V-8 juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 pound (1/2 pkg.) ditalini pasta
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    • Restaurant/Brand
      Olive Garden
    • Instructions

      1. Brown the ground beef in a large saucepan or pot over medium heat. Drain off most of the fat.

      2. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic and saute for 10 minutes.

      3. Add remaining ingredients, except pasta, and simmer for 1 hour.

      4. About 50 minutes into the simmering, cook the pasta in 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of boiling water over high heat. Cook for 10 minutes or just until the pasta is al dente, or slightly tough. Drain.

      5. Add the pasta to the large pot of soup. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes more and serve.

      Serves 8.

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Erin M
Sep 30, 2017, 15:41

My family loves this recipe, and since we're a big family, we don't go out to eat that often. We recently went to Olive Garden and a couple of the kids got this soup...and were SO DISAPPOINTED. They said "mine" was better! Thanks so much for the yummy recipe!

Manda
Jun 3, 2016, 22:00

I make this just as it says and it's perfect. Tastes just like Olive Garden