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Yesterday, I was craving for soup so I made Pasta E Fagioli Soup in my crock pot. It was delish. Cooked for 8 hours. My kids woke up early this morning and helped themselves and emptied the crock pot. I was looking forward having soup for lunch but it was too late. I will make more of this later on.
Here is my recipe for Pasta E Fagioli:
2 lbs ground pork or beef (seasoned with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, all round seasoning)
1 garlic bulb, minced 1/2 cooked with meat and 1/2 in the crock pot
1 onion, chopped
1 zucchini chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 jar pasta sauce of your choice
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 can white kidney beans, drained
2 beef bouillon cubes
3 1/2 cups beef stock
few tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 or 2 teaspoons pepper
5 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional) ( I used Louisiana hot sauce)
dry elbow pasta or any pasta you'd prefer I used Penne pasta.
In a nonstick skillet add a tablespoon cooking oil when hot add 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic, stir in meat, cook well until meat is brown. Drain fat from meat and add to crock pot with everything except pasta. Cook on high 4-6 hours then set to low heat. Taste and adjust flavour the way you would like (add little more seasoning, a little salt, pepper). Add pasta the last 30 minutes. Serve with a side salad and some garlic bread!
(I seasoned veggies with chicken powder before putting in crock pot)
(I didn't add pasta in the last hour, I cooked separately. Spoonful of pasta and ladle soup over it and served)