I LOVE Olive Garden, no like LOVE it. I love it pregnant or not and it is by far one of my biggest “craving” restaurants.
I always get soup, salad, and bread sticks…. I mean do they serve anything else? ( The answer is No, no they don’t.)
Like most places Olive Garden isn’t exactly healthy and if you go there and don’t indulge on a bread stick then you’re like the strongest person in the world I am NOT that person LOL. I was craving OG the other day and since Fall has been making her way into RI I decided to try my hand at my favorite OG soup, Pasta E Fagioli!
Copy Cat Olive Garden Past E Fagioli
- 2 cups small shells pasta
- 1 pound (mild or spicy) ground Italian sausage
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 3 cups chicken broth (1 box)
- 1 (16-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 table spoon Italian seasoning
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15-ounce) can Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
In a large skillet, coated with coking spray, brown sausage and 1/2 of the onion until cooked through, set aside.
Place all veggies, beans, pasta, and spices into crock pot and give a quick stir to mix everything. Add sausage and onion mix to crock pot and stir once again combining well. Pour tomato sauce and chicken stock on top, stirring yet again, cover crock pot and allow soup to simmer on high for 2 to 3 hours or until pasta and veggies are tender. (Liquid should be covering all of your ingredients, feel free to add a cup of water if needed)
While I didn’t serve this with bread sticks and salad I was happy to see that I didn’t need to! This was absolutely delish and it honestly tastes better the next day.
You can find so many wonderful copy cat recipes on Pinterest and this is a combo of 3 or 4 different versions of this soup, my spin was the crock pot ;-).
What’s your favorite soup, tell me in the comments below!
Healthy Wishes, T