Pasta e Fagioli Soup
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Why I Love This Recipe
If you love Olive Garden's Pasta e Fagioli, you must try this at-home version... all of the taste and flavor, much less fat and calories.
Ingredients You'll Need
1 pound ground beef, 95% lean
1 cup chopped onions
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup shredded carrots
29 ounces canned diced tomatoes
15 ounces canned kidney beans
15 ounces canned great northern beans
16 ounces tomato sauce
11 1/2 ounces V-8® vegetable juice
3 cups fat-free beef broth
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
2 Tablespoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt, to taste
2 1/2 ounces whole wheat macaroni, elbow
Bring a large deep saucepan, half- filled with water, to a rolling boil. Add the pasta and follow directions on package until cooked al dente. Drain pasta and set aside.
While pasta is boiling, brown the ground beef in a nonstick saucepan over
medium-high heat. Once that is almost cooked through, add the garlic and
cook until the meat is completely browned. Add the onion, celery and
carrot to the beef mixture and let the ingredients cook together for about
Except for the pasta, add all remaining ingredients to the beef mixture, cover the saucepan and lower heat to simmer. Simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes. Stir in the cooked pasta and continue to simmer 15 minutes more.