Monday, February 1, 2010

PASTA FAGIOLI (Olive Garden)

This recipe could not be easier and tastes so good, just like the restaurant without the wait time. The perfect one pot dinner and it practically cooks itself.
1lb lean ground beef, browned and drained
      (may substitute ground turkey or an additional can of beans for vegetarian)
1/2 large red onion, chopped
1c carrots, chopped
1 celery stalk, sliced
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes (and juice)
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups beef broth
1/2 of jar (16.5 oz) pasta sauce
2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper
1 T Tabasco sauce (optional)
1/2 cup dry pasta (I like ditalini), to add at end of cooking time

Put all ingredients into crock pot, except pasta. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4. Add pasta for the last hour of cooking time.  May top with parmesan cheese to serve.

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