Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lasagna Soup


"It's Fall, Y'all!"   My husband always laughs at that little saying.  I recently put one of those little flag stands in our yard and the first thing my husband said to me was, "You aren't gonna be one of those people who announces every season or holiday with a different flag, are you?".  As he rolls his eyeballs at my recent purchase.  "Let it Snow!", "Spring Showers bring May Flowers!"  I said, "Who me??"  Why yes, yes I have turned into crazy flag lady. Every season, holiday or even birthday shall be proclaimed by a little flapping flag.  Just to drive my hubby nuts. It's what I live for.  Actually, I think they might be growing on him because he takes special care to mow and weed whack around it. Instead of proclaiming that there was a "mowing accident".   Anyhow, it is now fall around here and that means cool breezes and warm, comforting soups.  And what is more comforting than a pasta-type soup.  This is a fun little twist on lasagna.  And like many other soups, you can add in whatever flavors you enjoy.  Mushrooms or even ricotta cheese can be added. Make it your own.  But it is seriously delicious. And seriously comforting.
 Ingredients:
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped (optional)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground thyme 
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. packed brown sugar
1 (32 oz.) box chicken broth
2 (14.5 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 cups broken lasagna noodles
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded


I love green bell pepper but my hubby doesn't so I leave it out when making it for us.
(brown sugar not shown here)

Directions:
In a large pot, brown and crumble ground beef along with the onion and bell pepper.
Add in garlic during the last couple of minutes of cooking so it doesn't burn.
 
Drain excess grease from the ground beef mixture.
Put ground beef back into the pot.  Stir in thyme, Italian seasoning, salt, brown sugar, chicken broth, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Stir well and bring mixture up to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and gently simmer for about 20 minutes.
 Then add in broken lasagna noodles.
You'll need about 6 whole lasagna noodles to make about 2 cups broken.
 Just break them into bite size chunks.
 There is a type of pasta called Mafalda pasta.
Image from Racconto.com
It's actually shaped like little lasagna noodles.  But I can't find it in my local grocery stores.
But if you can find it near you, then you can use those to substitute.
 Simmer until noodles are tender (about 10 or so minutes).
Then stir in Parmesan cheese.
Ladle soup into bowls.
 Then sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese and serve.
 Enjoy!


25 comments :

Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats said...

I'm a crazy flag lady too! I just got my fall one and was bugging my hubby to hang it up. There was a great amount of eye rolling involved on his part but it's up and I'm a happy girl!!!

The Better Baker said...

Thanks for another yummy filling soup recipe. I have a little flag in my yard too, and love it. Of course, I'm a lover of 'stickers' too so anything I can add to dress things up a bit...I'm all for it. Sure hope Gene doesn't knock your flagpole over! =)

Jennifer Quirky Momma said...

That soup sounds delicious. I'm missing a couple ingredients, but I think we'll have this tomorrow night.

I'm feeling left out, I do not have a flag. I shall get one!!! ; )

Tara said...

Okay, you got me drooling again!! I am going to add this to my Mouth Watering Mondays post this Monday. Come on over to see it at www.noshingwiththenolands.com Cheers, Tara

Kenya G. Johnson said...

Girl that looks delish!!! We are in the 80's again. First cool day/night, I'm on it!

Medeja said...

lasagna soup is a new idea to me! and delicious one.. :)

Paper doll said...

So I was wondering what I was to cook with that lb of ground turkey in the freezer tonight and then this yummy looking recipe popped in my inbox. Thanks for figuring it out for me! It went over we'll with fresh dinner roles!

Anonymous said...

I love your flag idea. Life is short we should celebrate every thing.

Lose Weight Fast said...

Nice idea. Soup has been on the menu a lot lately with the cold weather. Two of my families favorite things, lasagna and soup, together, thanks for the recipe.

Kari Lindsay said...

A bowl of this soup is like a bowl full of looove!

Monica Dupuis said...

Wow! I didn't know that lasagna soup was a soup at all. Between baked potato soup, cheeseburger soup and now this we are going to be eating a whole lot of soup this fall and winter! lol

Tara said...

Sorry I didn't get my post up last Monday but it is up today. Come on by at www.noshingwiththenolands.com to see. Cheers, Tara

Pamela said...

I love lasagna. I love soup. This is such a keeper! Thanks.

Gayle said...

Just made this tonight...AMAZING!! The only thing I did different was mixing ricotta with parm cheese and pinch of salt and pepper. Then spooned dallop of this mixture in bowl with sprinkle of mozzerella cheese and added soup on top. Stuffed myself silly! This is a keeper.

Donna V said...

goog stuff

Anonymous said...

How many servings does this make? Recipe sounds delicious!

The Country Cook said...

Hi! I would say this serves about 6-8 (depending on how generous you are with your servings :)

Alyssa Shae said...

I made this for dinner tonight. There was only 1 problem.. It wasn't soup. It was more like goulash. What went wrong?

The Country Cook said...

Hi Alyssa! It sounds like the pasta was left to simmer in the broth too long. Pasta loves to absorb liquid. It will keep absorbing liquid the longer it sits. In fact, if you saved this for leftovers, the pasta would continue absorbing the surrounding liquid until there was almost nothing left. Uncooked pasta is like a sponge and it loves that liquid! So you want the pasta to get soft but not let it hang out for too long. To get around that, you could always precook your pasta and then add it to the soup. It won't absorb as much liquid if it has been cooked first. But that makes too many extra dishes for me so I do it this way but as always, it's a matter of preference. Hope that helps! ~Brandie :)

Jenny said...

I was so looking forward to the end of the work day today because I couldn't wait to get home to make this recipe. It did NOT disappoint!! It was absolutely delicious. Lasagna is my all-time favorite meal, so when I saw this...I knew I had to try it. It exceeded my expectations! My fiance loved it too! Even though it was 85 degrees outside today, I enjoyed every last bite! I substituted the beef for ground turkey and I used whole wheat lasagna noodles - turned out great. I just love all of your recipes and I check your website at least twice a week. I wish I was as talented a cook as you - but at least you are making me look good...my fiance thinks I am coming up with these meals on my own...psh!

Sandra :) said...

I am SO making this - it looks delicious. We're in the midst of a bit of a heat spell right now but by the end of the work week we'll see fall temps - soup will be needed :D

Jeannine Davaz said...

Sounds wonderful! We aren't big green pepper fans either. Have you tried it with red, yellow or orange peppers. They are much sweeter and tend to not leave us burping them all day. And I love your site. Thank you for the amazing recipes. I look forward to each one!

Jeannine Davaz said...

Oh and I forgot to add, "I love how you link to Pinterest!" I want all my recipes in one place. Wish everyone would follow your lead. Thank you again!

Jessica Walker said...

Making this right now. I used minced garlic and onion minus the bell pepper. I also doubled the tomato sauce and seasonings, and substituted the brown sugar for regular! :) Thanks for the good looking meal!

Louise O said...

I made Lasagna Soup for a large group of fire fighters! It was a hit! How do I know? 1. I caught someone licking the pot clean and 2. Several made the comment "Station Mom - this goes in your keeper recipes"