Lasagna Soup

I got this recipe from Family Fun magazine, and I made a couple of small changes. I really liked this, Matt was fine with it but it wasn’t a favorite, and my kids won’t touch soup with a ten-foot-pole. But I did make them have a few noodles and pieces of meat from it and they did fine with that.

1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage OR I used 1 lb extra lean ground beef + ½ lb of sausage
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes (I might puree these next time so the boys don’t notice the chunks)
6 cups chicken broth (+ you may need more for reheating – I used Emeril’s chicken stock)
2 bay leaves
8 ounces fusilli pasta
8 ounces ricotta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella

In a large pot cook the sausage, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until the sausage is no longer pink, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain any excess fat from the pot. Add the onions and sauté until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and sauté for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and sauté until the paste turns a rusty brown, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice, the broth, and the bay leaves and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Add the pasta, then increase the heat to medium-high and boil the soup until the pasta is tender to the bite, following the time recommendations on the pasta package. Discard the bay leaves. If desired, season with salt and black pepper to taste.

In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, the Parmesan, the 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and the pinch of pepper. To serve, place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture in each bowl, sprinkle with some of the mozzarella, and ladle the soup on top. Makes about 13 cups.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kirksonya
    Mar 11, 2009 @ 09:16:59

    This sounds delish! I love lasagna so I’m sure I’ll love this. Will definitely be trying this soon.


  2. sistersara
    Sep 22, 2009 @ 11:17:48

    Ricotta cheese freaks me out -does it still taste okay without putting that in the bottom of the bowl?


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