Pasta e Fagioli {Vegan}

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I have a confession.

When I was younger and traveling a lot for gymnastics, I was obsessed with The Olive Garden.  I would order unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks and I ALWAYS went for seconds.  As I got older, my taste in restaurants changed . . . But my craving for that Pasta e Fagioli never went away!

So I searched long and hard to figure out a way I could make this soup . . . In a way that fits my new lifestyle of course (no gluten, meat, or dairy).  So check it out.  You will LOVE it!

Pasta e Fagioli {Vegan}, makes 8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup julienned carrot
  • 3 stalks chopped celery
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 2, 14.5-oz cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1, 15-oz can red kidney beans (with liquid)
  • 1, 15-oz can great northern beans (with liquid)
  • 24-oz can v8 juice or stock
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 lb ditali brown rice pasta or quinoa pasta (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Saute onion, carrot, celery, and garlic for 10 min.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, except pasta, and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. About 50 minutes into simmer time, cook pasta for 7-10 minutes of until pasta is al dente, or slightly tough. Drain.
  4. Add the pasta to the large pot of soup. Simmer for 5 minutes and serve.