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How to Make It

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Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli Soup Copycat Recipe

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* 1 cup ditalini pasta, uncooked

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* 1 lb lean ground beef or mild Italian sausage (I've tried both and like either)

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* 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided

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* 1 cup diced carrots (about 2 medium, you can cut them into matchsticks if desired)

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* 1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)

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* 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion (about 1/2 of a large)

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* 1 large clove garlic, finely minced

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* 3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce

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* 3 cups beef broth (chicken broth works fine too)

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* 1 cup water

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* 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained

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* 1 Tbsp granulated sugar

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* 1 1/2 tsp dried basil

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* 1 tsp dried oregano

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* 3/4 tsp dried thyme

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* 1/2 tsp dried marjoram

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* Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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

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

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* Romano cheese (I also like it with Italian cheese blend), for serving

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* Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over medium high heat,

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crumble in ground beef or sausage and cook, stirring occasionally until

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cooked through. Pour beef (along with fat from beef, if you want it to

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be healthier you can drain the fat) into a bowl, set aside. Heat

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remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in same large saucepan, saute carrots, celery and onion over medium high heat until tender about 4 minutes, add

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garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Reduce heat to a low, add tomato

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sauce, beef broth, water, canned tomatoes, sugar, basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram, cooked beef along, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover with lid and allow to simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally

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until veggies are soft. Meanwhile prepare ditalini pasta according to

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directions on package, cooking to al dente.

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* Add cooked and drained pasta to soup along with kidney beans and great

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northern beans and allow to cook 5 minutes longer. Serve warm with

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grated Romano cheese if desired.

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* Note: the longer the soup rests the more liquid the pasta will absorb so you can thin it with additional beef broth if desired.

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