Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: Lasagna Soup

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Lasagna Soup

Ever want to make lasagna without all the fuss of assembling the dish?
Yeah, me too.  This soup is much easier!

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Since the high today in Iowa is 8 degrees, I figured I'd share a nice, hearty bowl of warm soup with you.  It only makes sense, right?

I'm a bit over this winter.  Like most people I'm ready for warm days.  Days where we can all walk out of the house without coats, gloves, hats and boots.  Usually by the time I get everyone dressed {and sometimes undressed....someone always has to potty!} I'm sweating and don't even want to wear a coat outside.  I am SO ready to be able to walk out the door without a thought other than shoes and wear I am going.

Making soup in the winter is comforting to me.  Not only is it warm and delicious, but in our family we often eat out of it for a couple of days, as it makes great leftovers.  And you know what leftovers cooking for me on day #2!  I love to cook, but I love a break too.

I adapted a lasagna soup recipe from Biz, my blog friend in Chicago.  She recently lost her husband to liver disease and I am still amazed at how strong she has been through this process.  She is so positive and seems to have a wonderful attitude about life when I know many others would have just given up.  Hugs to you Biz!

I've lost track but I think she's made a version of this soup around 60 times?  I'm sure she'll read this and let me know the exact number.  Until then we'll call this batch #1.

If you are like me you love a baked lasagna, but frankly I'm not really fond of assembling it.  It can be a lot of work!  And time consuming.  With this soup it tastes like the real thing, but is so much easier to make.  Genius!

Speaking of lasagna dishes, have you seen the new Crock-Pot Casserole Slow Cooker?  I'm in love with this!  Maybe I'll put it in on my Christmas list for next year.  How cool would it be to made a traditional 9x13 pan of anything in the slow cooker?  I think it would be great for potlucks and traveling too.

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The ideal way to make lasagna soup would be to use broken up lasagna noodles, but I didn't have any on hand so I used some orecchini {little ears} pasta I had gotten at Trader Joes.  And really, you could use anything you have, even the old stand by elbow noodle.  It all tastes the same.

And don't forget to top this soup with cheese, it really makes the soup.  I mean, what is lasagna without cheese?

Lasagna Soup
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1 lb. ground sausage
1/2 onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. tomato paste
1 16 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
4 c. chicken stock
2 t. dried oregano
2 t. dried basil
2 t. dried parsley
8 oz. pasta
Parmesan cheese
mozzarella cheese

1.  In a stock pot, brown the onion, garlic and sausage.  Drain off grease.
2.  Add in the tomato paste and cook over the heat for 3-4 minutes until it is a deep red color.
3.  Add in tomatoes, chicken stock and seasonings.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.
4.  Meanwhile cook the pasta separately until al dente.  Drain and set aside to cool.
5.  When ready to eat, place a cup of pasta in a bowl, ladel in some soup and then top with a sprinkling of Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.
6.  When storing, keep the pasta and soup separate in the fridge.  This will keep the pasta fresh and not mushy.

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  1. Great point Biz! I added a step 6 to the recipe about keeping the pasta separate. I read that article last night - awesome! What a great tribute.

  2. This looks good!! Since it is supposed to be cold and maybe snow tomorrow I might try it - I'm happy that I already have everything so I don't even need a grocery run!!

  3. I just went to add ingredients for this to my grocery list & it turns out I already have everything in my pantry! It can't get much easier than that. I will be making it this week for sure!

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  5. Nothing like a delicious bowl of soup on a chilly day...It's warm and sunny here in San Diego today ;)

  6. I'm with you, big soup fan here. I eat soup for lunch almost every day.

  7. This is my first time hearing of this. However, it sounds yummy. I could use some soup with this cold weather we are experiencing.

  8. I already knew that Ally, but I guess we can still be friends :D

  9. Jolene ( 24, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    That sounds really comforting!