Thursday, November 20, 2008

Time for soup.

If my blog gets quiet for a few days it's generally because I'm busy. And boy have I been busy lately! The Christmas and wholesale orders are pouring in and I'm so grateful but it's kind of making my head spin too.

So I'm sharing a recipe I have shared before. But it's good enough to be reblogged.

It's supposedly the recipe Olive Garden uses. Who knows if that's true.
I serve it for company pretty often and it always gets raves, even from men.
A little relative won the blue ribbon with it at a 4-H competition the other day.

It's good soup.

Pasta E. Fagioli

1 pound lean ground beef
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1 med. onion, chopped
4 carrots, slivered
3 ribs celery, diced
1 24 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 can drained red kidney beans
6 cups beef stock
1 1/2 tsp. oregano
1 1/4 tsp. pepper
2 1/2 tsp. parsley
3/4 tsp. tobasco sauce
3 cups spaghetti sauce (any brand)
4 oz. ditalini pasta, cooked and drained

(Ditalini, or "little thimbles" is a small tubular pasta like a very short macaroni. If you can't find it in your store, macaroni can be used.)


Brown the ground beef in the oil in a sillet, until crumbly. Drain if needed. Stir in carrots, onions, celery, and undrained tomatoes. Simmer for 10 minutes. Rinse and drain the kidney beans, then stir into the beef mixture. Stir in stock, oregano, pepper, parsley, and tabasco sauce. Simmer for 45 minutes until celery and carrots are tender. Stir in the spaghetti sauce and pasta.

You can add in sausage to the ground beef if you like. I like to add in spinich as well.

Normally I'd serve it with crusty bread, but I didn't have any, so it was cheese and crackers this time. And soup just tastes better out of a mug. Don't ask me why.


jonahbonah said...

YUM!!! It's 1:10 and I haven't even eaten breakfast yet....I should not have read your post...LOL I'm off to eat NOW!


Anonymous said...

I`m definately going to try this! We love soup! if the weather would just cool off...its still like summer here in Ca.

Hey I wanted to pass this on...I`m having a fun black friday sale/giveaway/get together on my blog. I`ll be doing hourly giveaways and sweet bargains. I just wanted to invite you to stop by..and pass it on to all your friends!!

Unknown said...

I LOVE that soup from Olive Garden but have never made it at home. The weather here in Houston is supppose to be rainy and cold (for us) this weekend. While I'm crafting and blogging I think I'll make some soup!

Jennifer said...

This looks so delicious. My best friend in high school was Italian and her mom always made this. I would come over and her mom would always say "maybe Jen is hungry"! That photo you took makes me hungry!

MGF said...

Looks Yum-O, thanks for sharing the recipe

Unknown said...

mmmm...soup. i love olive garden's minestrone soup.

i'll have to try this one substituting the meat with this meat-sensitive stomach of mine.

Bagladee said...

that looks soooooo yummmmyyyyy!!!!

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Sew Gracious said...

I've been making soup now that the weather has turned cold. I made a version of this several years ago, but now I want to try again! Yours looks delicious!

Heidi Zawisza said...

Hey girl! I did FF again, but I have it prescheduled to post in the morning, because I will be gone all day tomorrow. So would you mind linking me again, when you get yours up?

KrazyCricutKid said...

thanks for this! And I agree soup in a mug is fun!

Rosebud Collection said...

What a wonderful recipe..a keeper..
Thank you for sharing..

Rosebud Collection said...

Just so you know.I did Fingerprint Friday..I know you are busy with the little ones, but wanted you to know..
Had to show my husband, the little guy and his time with blue food coloring..Oh my..he is so darn cute.

Anonymous said...

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kath001 said...

Hi there. I recently found your blog. Promptly made the soup, and it is SO good! I just posted it on my blog with a link back to you. Hope that's okay with you. Love the ornaments you have up today, too. I'll definitely be stopping back in.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe! I can't wait to try it.

Anonymous said...

Just thinking...

Do you think this would be good with leftover turkey in place of the ground beef?


Lisa Holman of XSBaggage and Co. said...

That looks so good!! I'll bet my hubby would like it too! Thanks for the recipe! yum!