Place dried pasta in a skillet with water, tomatoes, onion, garlic, herbs, and a glug of olive oil, then cook everything together. Once the water has boiled away, you are left with perfectly al dente pasta in a creamy sauce that coats every strand.
Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup...as is, the recipe was a bit sweet for my taste, but I added a clove or two of minced garlic and a couple of shakes of red pepper flakes and it was good. My boys (5,3,1) all loved it! (This is a crockpot recipe, but I prefer not to cook soups for that long, so I made it in a soup pot and let it simmer for an hour.)