but today is about Pasta Fagioli... Olive Garden knock-off! I started with my favorite Crockpot Lady's recipe and here's my version!!
1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained (I had mine pre-cooked ready in my freezer at a moment's notice)
1/2 large onion
2-3 carrots (depending on size, mine were small)
2 celery stalks
1 large garlic clove (because garlic makes everything better)
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 can petite diced tomatoes (to make it easier on my kids)
1/2 jar (or so) of 24 oz jar spaghetti sauce
4 cups beef broth
2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp hot sauce
3/4 cup dry small pasta
Brown meat and drain, (unless you already did that) then dump it in the slow cooker.
Chop up the veggies and add them to slow cooker.
Drain and rinse the beans and add them. can I just say how much I love this quick little colander I got at the dollar tree... perfect for these moments!!
Add the tomatoes and spaghetti sauce and beef broth.
Add spices and hot sauce.
Cover and cook for 6-8 hours on low.
Then add pasta and cook for another hour on low.
Serve with Parmesan cheese and these delightful garlic knots I found... on Pinterest! :)
Linking up to The CSI Project this week.
I'm also joining up with Small Kitchen College and their Slow Cooker Challenge this week. Go check it out!
Using the crockpot Works For Me! Go check out other great ideas at Works For Me Wednesday!