Monday, January 10, 2011

Taste Buds: Italian Pasta Fagioli


I worked as a waitress at Olive Garden for several years while in high school and college and I still love some of the food there. Mr. Rogue and I also love cooking vast quantities of soup to freeze so we can have quick go to meals that are tasty and super healthy. So we decided today to work on a recipe inspired by the Olive Garden’s Italian chili. I was prepared to make this recipe several times so I could tweak certain ingredients to get it right before sharing it with you but Mr. Rogue and I nailed it on the first try. I attribute most of the success to Mr. Rogue. I am a good cook but he, he is just INCREDIBLE in the kitchen. This soup is SO GOOD and pretty simple so it will therefore get a spot in my cookbook. Hope you enjoy.

2 pounds ground beef
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 tablespoon oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 medium yellow onion
3 cloves garlic
5 carrots
3 stalks celery
2 – 32oz carton beef stock + 1 – 14oz can beef stock
3 - 14oz diced canned tomatoes
3 - 14oz tomato sauce
2 cups pinto beans, presoaked overnight or canned, drained and rinsed
1 ½ cups red kidney beans, presoaked overnight or canned, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons Worchester sauce
8 ounces dry pasta shells
½ cup parsley

1. Sauté ground beef until cooked. Drain away fat. Add chili powder, basil, oregano and salt and pepper and stir until well combined.
2. Add minced onions and garlic and cook for 7-9 minutes or until onions are translucent.
3. Using a large stock pot add minced carrots and celery, beef stock, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, pinto beans, kidney beans and Worchester sauce. Simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes; make sure you stir often.
4. Add in pasta shells and cook for 15 more minutes.
5. Add in chopped parsley and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
6. Serve immediately. Can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 4 months.

Yields 14 servings


paul peggy zeus said...

This is my all time favorite soup in the whole wide world!!

lilmansworld said...

the possibilities with soup are endless!

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