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Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.6 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate over $8.5 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 200,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the fourth year in a row. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated nearly 30 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country.




Pasta Roma Soup

2 cn Garbanzo beans -- drained --
16 oz (6 slices) bacon -- cooked and drained --chopped
1/3 c olive oil 3/4 c Onions -- diced
1 c celery -- diced
1/4 ts garlic -- minced
1 c carrots -- julienned
1 1/2 c canned tomatoes, drained -- diced
1 qt chicken broth
1/2 ts black pepper
1/8 ts ground rosemary
2 tb fresh parsley -- chopped
1/2 c miniature pasta dry bowties, cooked

Add bean to food processor and process using on/off pulse until beans are well mashed. Scrape down sides as necessary. Reserve.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven. Add carrots, onions, celery and garlic and saute for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add remaining ingredients except pasta and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to a simmer and cook stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.

Keep warm. Add pasta to finished soup and serve immediately.

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