By ravensmith on June 20, 2002
Photo by breezermom
Photo by breezermom
"This tastes exactly like the pasta e fagioli soup at the Olive Garden. Wonderful! Husband loves it!"
Serving Size: 1 (375 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 12
"Excellent recipe! It tastes just like Olive Garden's version! I used a 26 oz jar of Prego Traditional Sauce and 20 oz of Swanson beef stock. I added some water, too at the end as there was almost no liquid. Be forewarned that my 6qt crockpot was the bare minimum size for this recipe. Don't forget the grated Parm or Romano on top before serving. Update: Because this makes so much, I had to freeze a good bit of it. I may leave out the pasta next time. That way, when I reheat it, I can just add in the cooked pasta and it won't be mushy when I reheat it. Thanks for sharing it!"
"I'm kind of upset I really have no reason to go back to Olive Garden...oh wait, the breadsticks :) Scratch that! This soup is Delicious though! I cut the recipe in half (only 2 of us), and used ground turkey instead of beef. I also followed other people's suggestions to cook the pasta separately -- my first time I semi-cooked it then added, second time making it I didn't combine the soup and pasta at all until it was in my bowl :) I liked the second method better because the pasta realllly soaks up the juices when added, and I like my soup to be soupy! This is a must try recipe for sure."
"This was delicious!! My fiance absolutely loved it. I changed the recipe around a little bit because I decided to make this at about 5pm at night so I didnt have time to use a crock pot. I sauteed onion, garlic, carrots, and celery for about 10 min then added the ground beef and cooked until brown. Then added one can of kidney beans, one can of great northern beans (both drained and rinsed), two cans of diced tomatoes(undrained), jar spaghetti sauce, can beef stock, 1 T oregano, 1 1/2 T parsley, 1 t pepper, 1 t salt, and a pinch of ground red pepper. Mixed that all together and let simmer for almost an hour. I then added noodles that had been semi cooked. The noodles will finish cooking in the soup. My fiance is a huge fan of Olive gardens soup and he said this tasted just like it!!"
"A great recipe, I made a couple changes...
-Added 1/3 cup of fresh diced parsley as indicated by some other recipes
-Used ground turkey instead, and browned it in the same stock pot, in 2TBSP olive oil
-Used Beef bouillon instead of stock (small difference)
-Instead of crock pot, I brought it to a boil and simmered for 1 hour.
-Skipped the pasta and the hot sauce. I hear the hot sauce is really important so may try it next time!
These changes weren't really because I found anything wrong with the recipe, but out of necessity and preference, and I wanted to let you know everything came out great as such."
"This was amazing!! I am a big Olive Garden fan and was a bit hesitant to try this copycat recipe, but i am sure glad i did!! It tastes EXACTLY like the restaurant serves! The only thing i didn't realize was that this recipe makes a large amount (serves 12-14). But hubby brought in the leftovers to work today and all the guys said it was awesome and some even want the recipe!! I will definitely make this again!!!! Thank you so much!!"
"Excellent. I don't eat at OG much and usually don't get this soup, so I can't compare this to that. But as a fagioli soup, this was very very good. 5 stars for easyness, preparation, clean-up, cook-time and taste. I didn't do the crock-pot as I didn't want to wait 7 or 8 hours so I did it on the stovetop and cooked for a couple hours. PERFECTO!! I also didn't use beef broth as I was trying to use up what I had in my cupboards, which was Chicken Broth. Regardless, it still tasted GREAT. Like other reviewers, I will cook up my pasta separately and add to the soup. It tasted so good while cooking that I ate a bowl without the pasta b/c I didn't want to wait anymore. YUMMY! Thanks for a great tasting recipe!"
"Love, love, loved this! There are only the two of us, but I made the whole recipe and froze a lot of it in 1 serving-sized bags. (I'm really late writing this review, b/c we did this back in the winter!). It's still good now! We used turkey in place of beef as I always do, and my BF who had never had Pasta e fagioli had 3 bowls! A keeper for sure."
"This is true comfort food. I made a half batch b/c there are only two of us; however, we love leftovers. I subbed Italian style ground turkey for the beef and only added one can of red kidney beans. I used Classico's Spicy Tomato Basil sauce and it gave it a nice kick. There is not doubt we will make this again! Thanks!"
"This soup is REALLY good! Seriously! The ironic thing is, i picked out a soup to make that i knew wasn't really up my fiances alley because i wanted to take it to work for lunch for the next week, so i wanted to be sure there was plenty...no joke, he at THREE BOWLS! He just kept saying over and over, "Man, this stuff is GOOD!" I stuck to the recipe pretty closely...didn't make it in the crockpot because i started making it around 6pm, but it was still outstanding. i took the suggestion of another poster and sautee'd the onion, carrots, celery and garlic together...i then added a pound and a half of ground beef and sauteed that with the veggies (plus some salt and pepper). When the beef is browned, i drained the fat and added a jar of Newman's Own Marinara sauce, (1) 14oz can of diced tomatoes with juice, 1 box of beef stock (plus one can also later on when the soup reduced during cooking), 2 Tbsp Dried Parsley, 2 Tbsp Oregano, 1 can drained Kidney Beans, 1 can drained White Beans, 1 Tbsp Franks Hot Sauce and about 2 Tbsp of Tomato Paste. I simmered all of that for about an hour. I cooked the pasta separately, then added it to the finished soup. I boiled 1 cup of dry salad macaroni pasta...but honestly, i think that's too much. I made the mistake of just dumping all the cooked pasta in the soup instead of adding it a little at a time. Next time I will just make a half cup of the dry pasta. This is really a GREAT recipe and it DOES taste just like the Olive Gardens. I'm definitely making this one again.. THANK YOU!"
"In a zillion years, I would never have thought that this would turn out so well in the Crock Pot, but it is AMAZING! Two hearty thumbs up. Definitely adding this to my soup repertoire -- just in time for autumn. :o)"
"LOVED IT!! It makes a lot of soup. I agree to cook noodles separately. I used half the beef and it was just fine. Took this to a soup potluck and tons of requests for the recipe!"
"Delicious and easy! I made a 1/2 batch on the stove - followed the recipe and added 1 cup of water. I thought it looked too thick otherwise, but the extra liquid made it perfect. Flavor was still great! I also cooked the pasta separately and added it in at the end. I ate it for dinner last night, lunch today, and am looking forward to leftovers again tomorrow. Thanks for a great new soup recipe."
"loved this recipe! tasted very similar to olive garden and i would definitely make again! i added pasta on low for the last 30 minutes and it was perfect."
"Excellent!!!! I made the recipe exactly as it is written and it was perfect!!! So flavorful! Now, this recipe is HUGE. I was putting it all in my 4.5 qt slow cooker and started realizing that it was going to not all fit in there. Luckily, I have 2 slow cookers so I had to split it in half and fill each one. This recipe makes A TON of soup. Now, I have my freezer stocked up with all of the leftovers."
"This is delicious. I used ground turkey instead of beef and made a half recipe."
"This is sooo good! I made a large crock pot of this and froze the remaining soup. DH has eaten all of it already! Time to make another batch..he LOVES it!"
"Love this! I didn't have time for the crockpot, so I browned the g beef with the onion, took that out to drain and then sauteed the carrot and celery with a little butter and EVOO. Then put all the ingredients in a LARGE soup pot and simmered for 40 minutes. Did mini wagon wheels (makes the kids happy) al dente in separate pan and added them in at the end."
"Everyone is right about this soup. No kidding, I CRAVE this soup..especially during winter. It's hearty, has a chili type consistency and all the flavors blend so well together to make this a very robust tasting soup. I give a container to several people at work, too, when I'm making it."
"Love this recipe. Easy and delicious. Highly recommend. You can change it up but I make just like the recipe calls for."
"I liked this recipe but I felt it needed more spice. I added 1 tsp thyme and a little more oregano. I made the mistake of using low sodium beef broth only to have to add more salt after tasting. I did add the pasta and now wish I had not. It soaked up the broth AND I HAD TO add more beef broth and I added some tomato juice, about I cup of each. After heating it up the second time the pasta had again soaked up the broth and it was more like goulash than soup.<br/>I will go back to Olive Garden to check it out but I think they must add the pasta just before serving or maybe make smaller BATCHES AND ADD IT TO THE SOUP and serve it soon. The pasta just keeps growing and growing the longer it sits in the soup."