Make Olive Garden’s Delicious Pasta Fagioli at Home Recipe

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You’ll love, love, love this rich and hearty soup! It tastes very similar to the pasta e fagioli at Olive Garden. It’s one of the lowest-fat items on the Olive Garden menu, with 2.5 of fat per serving. Our recipe actually contains more calories than theirs does because we’ve added more beans and veggies. The skinny on 1 cup of soup is 156 calories, 2 grams fat and Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4. So flavorful, this recipe makes a TON of soup to stock your freezer with. It’s great as a first course or double the serving size 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…

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Servings: 20 cups


Cost per serving $0.74 view details


  1. Brown beef in a large soup pot. Drain in a colander in sink.
  2. In the same pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Stir often.
  3. Add the drained beef back to the pot. Stir in the canned tomatoes, beans, beef broth, spaghetti 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 the soup. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes longer until pasta is ready.
  6. Ladle soup into a small bowl or cup. Top with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 221g
Recipe makes 20 servings
Calories 333  
Calories from Fat 44 13%
Total Fat 4.93g 6%
Saturated Fat 1.67g 7%
Trans Fat 0.21g  
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 271mg 11%
Potassium 679mg 19%
Total Carbs 54.78g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8.8g 29%
Sugars 4.45g 3%
Protein 17.3g 28%



  • Dale Lee Arms
    October 26, 2013
    wonderful tasting, easy and fast to make, and taste fabulous!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


    • Linda J
      September 7, 2013
      True Italian Pasta Fagioli does not have ground meat. Not sure why Olive Garden puts ground beef in there's. Pasta Fagioli was considered 'peasant' food.....those who could not afford meat would prepare this hearty dish for the family. Then it became a dish many Italian Catholics would prepare on Fridays for dinner during Lent (when meat was not allowed).
      My opinion, ditch the ground meat in the recipe, and you will make it even healthier than before.
      • ShaleeDP
        May 8, 2013
        This looks hearty. I like recipes that are low in calories too.
        1 reply
      • Skinny Kitchen with Nancy Fox
        June 14, 2012
        Oops...So sorry Mary. It's 1/2 cup of water. Here's the link to my original recipe-
        Hope you enjoy it!
        1 reply
      • Mary
        June 14, 2012

        The amount of water was never listed. How much do I add?
        • Skinny Kitchen with Nancy Fox
          March 30, 2011
          My recipe is lower in calories and fat due to draining the beef before adding to the soup. Just by doing this simple step, you cut down on the fat and calories.

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