11/04/2014 01:28 pm ET Updated Jan 04, 2015

Make Olive Garden's Delicious Pasta Fagioli at Home

You'll love, love, love this rich, hearty, fiber-packed soup! It tastes very similar to the pasta e fagioli at Olive Garden. Each cup of soup has 156 calories, 2 grams fat, 6 grams of fiber and 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus. So flavorful, this recipe makes a ton of soup to stock your freezer with. It's great as a first course or make the serving size 1.5 to 2 cups and it becomes a very filling main-course soup. You'll want to add this satisfying dish to your soup repertoire. It's a keeper for sure!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour


1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey, see shopping tip

1 teaspoon olive oil

3 cups onions, chopped

4 carrots, chopped

4 celery stalks, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 (28oz) can tomatoes, diced

1 (16 oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 (16 oz) can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 (16 oz) can great northern beans, rinsed and drained

3 (10oz) cans reduced-sodium beef broth

1 (24 oz) jar marinara or pasta sauce, I used Prego's Heart Smart pasta sauce

½ cup water

1 zucchini, chopped

2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

Fresh ground pepper, to taste

6 ounces whole wheat penne pasta

Grated Parmesan cheese to top each bowl with, optional


1. Brown beef in a large nonstick soup pot. Drain in a colander in sink.

2. In the same pot, heat olive oil. Add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir often.

3. Add drained beef back to pot. Stir in canned tomatoes, beans, beef broth, pasta sauce, zucchini, water, Italian seasonings and pepper.

4. Bring soup up to a boil. Turn heat to a simmer, cover and let cook for 50 minutes.

5. Add pasta to soup. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes longer until pasta is ready. If you like a thinner soup, just add another half cup water or so.

6. Ladle soup into a small bowl or cup. Top with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired

7. This soup freezes great!

Makes 20 cups (each serving, 1 cup)

Shopping Tip
Look for the leanest ground beef in your supermarket. I bought mine at Trader Joe's.

Storage Tip
Freeze leftover soup in pint size containers. Stores like Smart and Final sell deli-style plastic containers that are perfect to freeze in. They're very reasonably priced.

Weight Watchers (old points) 2
Weight Watchers Points Plus 4

Skinny Facts: for 1 cup
156 calories, 2g fat, 12g protein, 25g carbs, 6g fiber, 438mg sodium, 6g sugar

1. The nutrition facts were calculated on Spark
2. The Weight Watchers POINTS were calculated on

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