This is just like the one they serve at Olive Garden.
1 lb ground beef
1 C diced onions
1 C julienned carrot
1 C chopped celery (about 3 stalks)
2 cloves minced garlic
2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes ( I use different flavored ones)
1 15oz can red kidney beans WITH liquid
1 15oz can great northern beans WITH liquid
1 12 oz can V-8 juice or tomato juice ( I use the spicy V-8)
1 15oz can beef broth (when I double batch it, I use one can of tomato puree)
1 T white vinegar
1 1/2 t salt
2 t oregano
2 t basil
1/2 t pepper
1/2 t thyme
1/2 t red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 lb ditali pasta
Brown ground beef with onions, carrots, celery, and garlic.
Drain off fat.
Add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the pasta.
Simmer for 1 hour. ( I usually cook mine in a slow cooker on low for half the day)
If it is too thick add more beef broth or water. The pasta will soak up a LOT of the liquid.
Before serving cook up the pasta till it is al dente and drain.
You can either mix the pasta with the soup base, or add the noodles to each bowl with the soup base.
I mix all mine and then freeze half of it. Some say don't freeze it with the pasta, I haven't had any issues freezing it with the pasta. Most of the time when I make this I double batch it because it only takes a few extra minutes now, and saves a LOT of time later when I am in the mood for some good soup. ENJOY!!!