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.
Switch it up
There is a type of pasta called ‘Mafalda’ pasta. It is shaped like little lasagna noodles. They would be perfect in this.
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
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. 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.
Originally published: September 2012
Updated & republished: January 2019
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp ground thyme
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp 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
- 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.
- 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.