Julie’s Pasta Fagioli (Crockpot Cooking)

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How incredible is a friend who brings you a batch of this for dinner???

My friend brought this over as she made a batch and it makes quite a large amount.  It was enough for 5 nice size bowls.  I grated a little fresh parmesan cheese and added a tiny basil leaf to each bowl which just enhanced the dish even more.

This is the perfect dinner for a cold night, family dinner, dinner party, or even pot luck as it makes a huge amount.  It is also something you can freeze in batches for those busy nights you don’t have enough time to cook.

This is only a portion of the amount she made:

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Here is Julie’s recipe:

Julie’s Pasta Fagioli

2 lbs ground beef
1 onion chopped
3 carrots chopped
4 stalks celery chopped
2 cans (28oz) diced tomatoes – undrained
1 can (16oz) red kidney beans
1 can (16oz) white kidney beans
3 cans (10oz) beef stock
3 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons pepper
5 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 jar (20 oz) spaghetti sauce
8oz. Pasta
Brown the ground beef and drain.
Add all ingredients to crock pot except pasta.
Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
During last hour on low or 30 minutes on high, add pasta.

This is the original recipe. Julie has changed it some for her family. – using half the amount of beans and double or almost double the ground beef and pasta.

When I make this (which will be soon) I will probably add 3 cloves of minced garlic as we love garlic in this house!!