Do you have a secret chain-restaurant love affair? I do. I adore me some good ol’ suburban-strip-mall Olive Garden. I don’t go very often (because apparently 100,000 other people have the same love affair and they flock to the OG every single weekend), but when I do…watch out. I may have set the world record for unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks. I can put that stuff down.
This is a pretty close second to the Olive Garden’s pasta fagioli soup. (I say second not because of taste — this one does taste like OG’s version — but because I prefer when someone else does the cooking for me.) But this one requires amazingly little effort (can you dump and stir?) but simmers up into something warm and wonderful.
This makes a lot of soup, kids. Hope you’re hungry!
p.s. You can absolutely add meat to this. Just take out a can of beans and add about 3/4 pound of browned ground beef or turkey. Also, I buy lower sodium beans, tomatoes and broth and add more salt as needed.