Be sure to serve this soup with crusty bread for mopping.
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook the celery and onion until soft. Add garlic, parsley, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and salt and saute briefly. Stir in chicken broth, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce and simmer on low for 20 minutes.
Add pasta and cook about 10 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
Add beans, mix well and heat through. Ladle into serving bowls, generously sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
By Deeli from Richland, WA
Love Pasta Fagioli soup! It's what we always get at Olive Garden on the luncheon menu. All you can eat of salad, soup and breadsticks. Best lunch I can think of in the wintertime, and not too bad in the summer either for that matter.
Thanks for sharing a great recipe Deeli.
I haven't been to Olive Garden in a really long time, Lee, and have never tried their Pasta Fagioli but I sure do love their all you can eat salad and usually ask for extra peperoncini in it. I just made the Fagioli again yesterday to give to a neighbor friend who helps me out a lot and added an extra cup of dittalini. It turned out like a great, thick pasta type stew. ;-)
I'm to the point where all I need to do is read the name of the recipe to know that it will be from Deeli. I know they all taste wonderful but I haven't the talent or the enthusiasm for cooking complicated things like that. Old bachelors are lazy, ya know.
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Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ditalini pasta and cook for 8 minutes or until al dente; drain.
Add beans to the sauce mixture and simmer for a few minutes. When pasta is done, stir into sauce and bean mixture.
By Ellen from Ware,MA
This a recipe that my MIL shared with me. It's her family's version of Pasta Fagioli. It's really inexpensive to make and tastes sooo good.
In a crock-pot, put in all ingredients except pasta. Cook in crock pot for 3-5 hours or until beans are to your desired consistency. In a separate pot on the stove, cook pasta according to the directions on the box. Add pasta to bowls and spoon bean mixture over pasta and mix well. Serve with warm bread or salad.
I love this meal and even my 3 year old daughter loves this. I love to add a couple of splashes of hot sauce to mine. Hope you all enjoy! :o)
By Denise from South West Florida
A cup of olive oil? I just want to make sure that isn't a typo before I try it. I have made other versions but never with that much oil. Thanx (11/05/2007)
Yep, One cup. I know it does sound like a lot but you really can't tell. You can always use less if you'd like! :) (11/05/2007)
Is that a 1 pound bag of beans? If so, the only liquid called for is the olive oil in the crock pot? Thanks in advance.
(b)Editor's Note:(/b) The last ingredient is 4 quarts of water. (11/06/2007)
Yes, that is one pound of DRY beans. Don't forget to add the water! :o) (11/06/2007)
By Denise F