Monday, November 1, 2010

Paste e Fagoli and a GIVEAWAY!

As a preferred blogger for CSN Stores, I have the opportunity to host another giveaway for one of you fine readers!  Yay!  By now you all know that CSN Stores has over 200 online stores with a ton of different items to choose from.  You need new dining chairs?  No problem.  What about a ceiling fan?  They got it.  Or how about a tool case?  You know they have one!  And now is your chance to get something that you need!  Those great folks at CSN Stores have offered one of my lucky readers a $50 gift code to any of their sites.

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I’ll be randomly selecting one lucky reader to win this GIVEAWAY!  There are 3 ways to enter and all entries must be received by midnight (AZ Time) on Saturday, November 6th and here’s how you enter:

  1. Leave a comment telling me which what restaurant recipe you wish you had the “copycat” recipe for

  2. Follow ME on Twitter @saraboff, or if you already do, let me know

  3. Become a Follower of Sara’s Sweets, or let me know if you already are

*Please leave separate comments to let me know that you’re a follower on Twitter or of the blog.

And now onto today’s recipe!  I enjoy Olive Garden very much.  I could go there and eat soup, salad and breadsticks all the time.  Actually, I could go there and just make a meal out of the breadsticks…but that’s besides the point.  One of their soups that I like is Pasta e Fagoli, and it just so happens that in my Top Secret Restaurant Recipe cookbook, there is a  recipe for it!  This soup is delicious.  It’s full of beans, meat and little, funny shaped pasta that I’ve never bought before!  Plus, it is hearty, it’s warm and it’s just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  It’s perfect dinner or lunch a winter day! Now if only I had the recipe for the breadsticks from Olive Garden…






Pasta e Fagoli, Copycat Recipe from Olive Garden

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  • 1 pound Ground beef
  • 1 small Onion
  • 1 large Carrot
  • 3 stalks Celery
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 2 14.5-oz cans Diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-oz can Red kidney beans
  • 1 15-oz can Great northern beans
  • 1 15-oz can Tomato sauce
  • 1 12-oz can V-8 juice
  • 1 tablespoon White vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/2 pound Ditali pasta


  1. Brown the ground beef in a large saucepan or pot over medium heat. Drain off most of the fat. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic; sauté for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients (except pasta), and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. About 50 minutes into simmer time, cook the pasta in 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of boiling water over high heat. Cook for 10 minutes or just until pasta is al dente, or slightly tough. Drain.
  3. Add the pasta to the large pot of soup. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes and serve.


  1. i wish i had the recipe for zen bakery's whole wheat cinnamon rolls! i used to purchase them at trader joe's but i no longer live anywhere near a trader joe's! :(

  2. ...and i was already subscribed to your blog via google reader!

  3. Oooooohhhh, I can't wait to try it.I LOVE OG's pasta fagioli soup, and I have been looking for a while for a copy cat version. Love that it is for the crock pot. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I think I'd love great harvest bread company's cinnamon swirl bread recipe. Thanks for the giveaway.


    zekks at yahoo dot com

  5. There is a place near my house that serves the best Italian food. They have a Veggie Rotolo that is absolutely fantastic. I just know that the pasta in it is tri colored and there is spinach in it.
    Oh so good.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com.

  6. I wish I had the copycot recipe for the ground beef from taco bell! I am sorry but I really do! I love the cheesy gordita crunch!

    Enter me please.

  7. I wish I had the recipe for Chicken Rigatoni at Macaroni Grill. I could eat it every day!

  8. I wish I knew how to make the pizza crust from Pizza Hut!

  9. I follow you on twitter@meeyeehere

  10. I follow you too

  11. I'd like to know how to make a Tom Yom Gai chicken coconut soup.

  12. Belinda BofferdingNovember 2, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    I would love to have the recipe for the chocolate mousse pie that they give for birthdays at Mimi's.

  13. I wish I had Red Robin's chili recipe!

  14. Okay, I'm making this soup! I love OG too, no matter how much people claim it isn't "real Italian"....I don't care it is good!

    I would love any of Granite City's restaurant recipes...haven't had one I don't like yet!

  15. OK Babe, I got to try this recipe. Looks really good. I'm sure Dad will love it. So tell me how do I printout this recipe from your blog??? Also entry me in your CSN store giveaway.
    Love you,

  16. I would love the recipe for this white queso dip at Taqueria Eduardo's. It's so delicious.

  17. I wish I had the copycat recipe for Macaroni Grill's Chicken Pesto Pizza. Unfortunately, I can't even order it there anymore! It is no longer on their menu!

  18. I am a follower of Sara's Sweets.

  19. I wish I had the copycat recipe for the Panera's sourdough bread! Mmm its so good!

  20. I also follow you on Twitter now :)

  21. Wow there's another Kayla? Well, I wish I had Olive Garden's chocolate lasagna recipe. I don't think they even make it anymore!

  22. And finally, I follow and LOVE your blog!!

  23. I wish I had a recipe for the Raisn Nut Bread at La Boulangerie.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  24. I'm following you on Twitter (@sazzyfrazzy).
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  25. I'm following your blog too!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com


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