After doing a comparison, my family and I both agree that this recipe came out even better than Olive Garden's! P.S. If you use Campbell's Beef Broth it comes out the best!
I used a home made sauce so I ut the sauce and tomaoes quite a bit. It was very good.
I made this for Mother's Day dinner. It was a big hit!
This tastes exactly like Olive Garden and I am a harsh critic as this is the only thing I eat if I am sick, but, I made two changes--I used Mezzetta Arrabbiata pasta sauce instead of regular pasta sauce and Tabasco and I used ground turkey instead of beef (you can't tell). I halved this recipe and then weighed out the portions and half of the recipe makes 8 2cup bowls of soup, this equals about 340 calories per serving.
Too bad we only have 5 stars, otherwise, I would have given a few more. I agree with Nascarnurse68. Next time, I will cook longer than 45 minutes to get the carrots and celery a little more tender. I also will add pasta toward the end of cooking so it will be "al dente". In the interest of consistency, I would use the same spaghetti sauce each time. I used Prego Traditional which worked great in this recipe. As for stock, I use Kitchen Basics, of course! You'll make this alot this Winter.
awesome recipe! I added a little cinnamon (traditional in bolognese sauces) and it took it OVER THE TOP good!
This is really really yummy! It makes a ton, I halved it and it still fed 5 of us for 3 days! Thanks for a great recipe!
You can't go wrong with this! I do add lots of pressed garlic as I see in the restaurant soup. My husband loves it. We also use the ditalini pasta!
This is by far the very best pasta fagioli and is my favorite soup. Have some extra beef broth as it tends to get thick. Awesome.
I had to add about 1/4 cup of sugar. It was too tomato tasting to me. Other than that it's great. I use onion powder instead of real onions.