Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lasagna Soup




The last time we were in Iowa, my friend Jessica and her husband had us over for dinner.  They made this yummy lasagna soup.  It's super easy and hearty.  We loved it!  The original recipe is HERE.  If you know Jess at all, you know that the veggies weren't in there.  So when I made it, I tweaked it a little too to try to make it like hers.  Here's how I made it:

2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 lb Italian sausage
1/2 lb hamburger
1/2 tsp. onion powder
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth
24 ounces tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
6 regular lasagna noodles
some dried basil tossed in
mozzarella cheese
garlic bread

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick sauce pot or Dutch oven.  Add the sausage and hamburger, onion powder, and garlic.  Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is crumbled and browned, 8-10 minutes.

Add the broth, tomato sauce, salt, and crushed red pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally  until the flavors are blended, about 20 minutes.  Add the noodles; bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally  until the soup thickens slightly and the noodles are tender, 10-12 minutes.  Remove from the heat.  Top bowl of soup with mozzarella cheese.  Serve with garlic bread.



The good thing about this recipe is that you can tweak it for you and your family.  I think next time I'm going to use about half the meat.  It was a little too meaty for me.  T.J. didn't mind.  I didn't break up the noodles enough either.  So break them up into bite sized pieces.  It's hard to eat them otherwise.  Enjoy!!!


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