JoenDeb Recipes

Pasta e Fagioli Soup

6 servings


15 minutes

active time

50 minutes

total time


2 Tbsp olive oil, (divided)

1 lb lean ground beef

1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion

1 cup diced carrots (about 2 medium)

1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)

6 cloves garlic, (minced)

3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce

4 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup water, (then more as desired)

1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes

2 tsp granulated sugar

1 1/2 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

3/4 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried marjoram

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 1/4 cup dry ditalini pasta

1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15 oz) can great northern beans, drained and rinsed

Finely shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese (for serving)

3 Tbsp minced fresh parsley


Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat, crumble in ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally until cooked through.

Drain fat from beef then transfer beef to a plate, set aside. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in same pot.

Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute over medium-high heat until tender about 6 minutes, add garlic and saute 1 minute longer.

Add chicken stock , tomato sauce, water, canned tomatoes, sugar, basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram and cooked beef then season with salt and pepper to taste.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low, cover with lid and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until veggies are soft, about 15 - 20 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare ditalani pasta according to directions on package, cooking to al dente.

Add cooked and drained pasta to soup along with kidney beans and great northern beans. Thin with a little more stock or water if desired.

Allow to cook 1 minute longer. Stir in parsley, serve warm with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese.


Olive Garden copycat recipe


Serving Size



540 kcal

Total Fat

14 g

Saturated Fat

4 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



49 mg


718 mg

Total Carbohydrate

70 g

Dietary Fiber

13 g

Total Sugars

12 g


35 g

6 servings


15 minutes

active time

50 minutes

total time
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