Tried and True Italian Pasta Soup
This copycat Olive Garden recipe is a tried and true favorite!
If you're looking for a soup recipe you can make anytime you've got soup on the mind, this is the one! Tried and True Italian Pasta Soup is here to stay because it's hearty, filling, and absolutely delicious. If you're a fan of the classic Olive Garden soup, Pasta e Fagioli, this recipe does a pretty decent job at copying everything about it. Made with distinctive pasta rounds, a variety of veggies, beans, and ground beef in a wonderfully flavorful broth, there is something to love in every bowl full. Treat yourself to a warm and tasty helping of this classic Italian soup tonight!
Preparation Time15 min
Cooking Time50 min
One Pot MealYes
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 (28-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (32-ounce) can chicken broth
- 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled plum tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1 cup dry ditalini pasta
- 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15-ounce) can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- Finely shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese, for serving
See where we got the inspiration for our test kitchen version of this recipe: Olive Garden's Pasta e Fagioli Soup
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat, crumble in beef and cook, stirring occasionally until cooked through.
Add remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil and toss in carrots and celery over medium-high heat until tender (about 6 minutes).
Reduce heat to low, add tomato sauce, beef broth, canned tomatoes, spices, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until veggies are soft, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to direction on package, cooking to al dente.
Add cooked and drained pasta to soup, along with beans. You can thin with some water if desired.
Serve with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese on top.
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