Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
A vegetarian version of the Olive Garden's tasty classic.
- 12 ounces veggie crumbles
- 12 ounces soy sausage
- 2 cups diced onions
- 2 cups sliced carrots
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 4 minced garlic cloves
- 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 2 (15 1/2 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, undrained
- 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can chickpeas, undrained
- 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can white beans, undrained (I use Great Northern)
- 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 4 (12 ounce) cansv8 reduced-sodium vegetable juice cocktail
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 -2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 teaspoons basil
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 lb ditali pasta, cooked separately
- Sauté onion, carrot, celery and garlic and cook until onion is clear (approx 10 minutes). Add veggie crumbles and soy sausage and cook another 3-5 minutes.
- Add everything else except pasta, and simmer on low for one hour.
- Add pasta to bowls, ladle soup on top. Sprinkle with parmesan before serving.
- Note: If you do the first step, you can then throw this soup into the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours or so. In the last half hour, cook the pasta, and you've got a wonderful soup waiting for you at the end of a long day!
- Note the second: This recipe freezes beautifully. If you'd rather not make such quantity, you can halve it and just use one can of either chickpeas OR great northern beans.
- Note the third: If you prefer a soupier soup, add a can or two of vegetable broth, or thin with water.
Absolutely fantastic. We used Italian Veggie Sausage. We were amazed....
I made this for a school dinner and everyone LOVED it, vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike! Even my youngest, my pickiest-eater, keeps clamoring for more! Ten times better than the Olive Garden's original... Thank you!
This is a very hearty vegetarian recipe. I could not find Ditali pasta at the store so I used Gemelli. Thanks for sharing, I will make this again :)