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Mmmmm… when the weather is frigid, there just nothing better than a nice warm crock pot meal! I was browsing through some of my old posts, and came across this one from last winter. It’s for a delicious, hearty Pasta E Fagioli Soup, which I found over at Meal Planning Mommies. It tastes just like Olive Garden’s version and freezes extremely well, so go ahead and make a lot.
Here is what you need for 3 qts. (serves 6)
2/3 lb Ground beef
4 oz chopped onion (about 1/2 of a medium)
4 2/3 oz slivered Carrots
4 2/3 oz diced celery
16 oz tomatoes, canned, diced
2/3 cup cooked Red Kidney Beans
2/3 cup cooked white Kidney Beans
32 oz beef stock
1 tsp. Oregano
3/4 tsp. Pepper
1 2/3 tsp fresh, chopped Parsley
1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
16 oz Spaghetti sauce
3 oz dry pasta bow tie macaroni (or noodle of choice)
Step 1: Chop up your onions, celery and carrots
Step 2: Brown the hamburger in a 10 qt. pan until it browns
Step 3: Add onions, carrots, celery and tomatoes. Simmer about 10 minutes.
Step 4: Drain and rinse beans, add to the pot. Then add the beef stock, oregano, pepper, tabasco, spaghetti sauce, parsley and noodles.
Step 5: Simmer for about 45 minutes or until celery and carrots are tender.
Step 6: While the soup is simmering, bake your bread and fix a nice salad