Pasta e Fagioli “Stew”

Wow – going through my Flickr stream, I found a picture of something I made quite a while ago, but never got to posting. As far as crockpot recipes go, this one is a keeper, although it turned out more like a stew than a soup. Either way, it’s super hearty and quite comforting during these cold winter days.

Pasta e Fagioli "Stew"

Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup in a Crock Pot (Copycat)
recipe courtesy Recipezaar

2 lbs ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (16 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained
3 (10 ounce) cans beef stock
3 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons pepper
5 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 (20 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
8 ounces pasta

Brown beef in a skillet. Drain fat from beef and add to crock pot with everything except pasta. Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours. During last 30 min on high or 1 hour on low, add pasta. 

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