A hearty meal full of veggies, beans, sausage and pasta this Pasta e Fagioli Soup is a seriously easy and addictive dinnertime staple.
Ok, I’m going to start off right away by saying in no way shape or form is this suppose to be a copy cat of Olive Garden. There are some die-hard people out there who will tell you that this tastes nothing like Olive Garden, while others say that it tastes amazing, which it does, but it’s just a different recipe then they use.
I’ve had this delicious Pasta e Fagioli Soup at more places than just Olive Garden and I’ve always absolutely loved it and knew that I had to make it at home because I didn’t want to continue to pay for something that I could make so easily, and thank goodness this stuff is easy!
You know how people find that one food that they could eat all the time and probably never get sick of for as long as they live? Yeah this is one of those recipes for me! I could eat this all day every day never ever getting sick of it! And I’m the type of person who lies to tweak recipes a little so this one has been fun to tweak every time I make it.
But I will be giving you my basic go to recipe that I use every time before I adjust because it’s good just the way it is, I’m just saying why cook if you can’t have fun in the kitchen, eh? That’s actually how I learned cooking, but isn’t that really how everyone learns to cook?
When I was younger I had a very patient and willing father, bless his heart. I would get into that kitchen and make the most random things ever. Like corn flakes and ketchup, just weird stuff that would be disgusting to anyone else, but not my dad.
I’m almost certain he pretended to eat it, but still, to a little girl who thought she was the most amazing thing at the time, it was the most thoughtful thing a parent could have done. Now to this day I’m still that little girl in the kitchen who calls up her daddy and tells him that she’s got some goodies to bring over to him and EVERY SINGLE THING gets tried.
Anyways, enough of my sappy memories! This Pasta e Fagioli Soup is a quick easy dinner option full of fresh veggies, meat, beans and pasta. Another thing that set’s my Pasta e Fagioli apart is that I don’t always use the ditalini pasta that the normal recipe calls for. I say use whatever smaller pasta you have on hand!
- 1 lb mild Italian sausage
- 4 Tbs olive oil
- 1 heaping cup uncooked mini penne or other small pasta
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 large carrots, sliced
- 2 large ribs of celery, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 (15 oz) can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15 oz) can cannelini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
- 1 (15 oz) can diced petite tomatoes
- 1 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- 2 Tbs brown sugar
- In large stock pot add 2 Tbs olive oil and Italian sausage and brown and cumble until cooked through.
- Remove you sausage from pot into bowl, set aside.
- Add you remaining olive oil to pan and add your onions, carrots, celery and garlic and heat for about 5 mins on medium heat until vegetables become tender.
- Add your chicken broth, beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, spices, sugar and sausage to pot and bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, boil your pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
- After 20 minutes add your pasta and heat through and serve.