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