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I always halve this (approx...1 can red beans, 1 can white) and use the pasta like olive Garden uses. I add it upon serving though so it doesn't suck up the broth. Sometimes I start it in the crock pot the night before I want to eat it the next day. half a recipe is so perfect for my 6-quart crock pot. I think I add extra veggies though, as I really like them. It's more like a stoup once the pasta is added. Serve with extra tabasco on the side for a greater kick. The finished stuff freezes well for lunches later.

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jackieblue March 29, 2008

it turned out JUST like olive garden...thanks!!!

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wissam7881 February 12, 2008

Cut recipe in half and added garlic. I took some over to my parents, and it will be soup number 4 at their soup party!

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wookiemama February 04, 2008

My daughter and I love this soup at olive garden so I was anxious to try it...It was better than theirs we thought! The only thing I changed was to add 2 tsp of minced garlic (we love garlic)!!! For the spaghetti sauce I used Classico Spicey tomato basil. I am making it again this weekend for company! We also cut the recipe in half and it was just fine. Thanks so much for posting!

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Thea January 18, 2008

Traditionally, Pasta Fagioli does not have meat in it and I did not like the addition of meat. I also did not like the switch from chicken to beef broth. This is not real pasta e fagioli.

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big_bad_shirley January 06, 2008

I too halved the recipe and had plenty left over for another meal. This was really tasty. I made it with garlic herb rolls for a comforting fall meal. I added chicken sausage and garlic (have to put that in everything I make) and am hoping the flavors meld even more for tomorrow's lunch.

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coleen114 October 28, 2007

I made half the recipe and it still made a ton. Recipe is excellent and I think the secret is the spaghetti sauce. Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe.

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Chef Petunia October 23, 2007

TERRIFIC! Browned half pound browned ground beef, plus half Italian sweet sausage (casings removed). Tossed it all together in a slow cooker (except for carrots, celery and pasta). Cooked all day. I chose to use less ground pepper (just 1 1/2 tsp) and used fresh Italian flat parsley, and 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, instead of Tabasco. Thirty-minutes before serving, I microwaved carrots and celery for 5 minutes, adding with the pasta. Simmered until tender, while making salads. Family and friends LOVED it! Thank you so much for sharing.

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Sharon Anne July 22, 2007
Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli