Lasagna Soup - SCORE!!!

Monday, January 6, 2014

So you know you are older when your biggest excitement of the day is that you cooked a homemade meal and ALL FIVE people in your house ate it with as much gusto as you did! Seriously, happens like three times a year over here! I am destined to change that in 2014 without counting cereal or waffles or ice cream as a meal.....

So the miracle dish that my family devoured {which might I also add was slam full of stuff they normally wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole} was Lasagna Soup and I have made this before but this recipe was divine, or maybe we were just cold and hungry. Whatever.

I found this version over at a blog named Damn Delicious. With a name like that, all I gotta say is it better be....

And well, since I am here sharing with you all it's safe to say, it was. Touchdown, Score, Winner and all that jazz... It's National Championship Game Day Friends, I had to throw some football jargon in there somewhere!

I tweaked the original with what I had on hand and because I don't follow guidelines well. Probably why I am a terrible baker, {but a great visionary} I am pretty sure those little temperature and measurement things are important in baking, unlike soup {and the future}where you have a little more wiggle room.

Here's My Lasagna Soup Recipe

8oz       ziti pasta
1tbsp    olive oil
1bag     seasoning vegetables (onion, red & green peppers)
1lb        (A pack) Turkey Italian sausage
1 TSP   minced garlic (from a jar- gasp)
2 tsp     oregano
1/4 tsp   red pepper flakes
6c          chicken stock ( I used Better Than Bouillon & made my own..yum)
28oz      crushed tomatoes
              sea salt & pepper to taste
3/4 c      shredded mozzarella cheese
8oz        ricotta cheese
1/2c       parmesan cheese

Heat Olive Oil in Cast Iron skillet
Add Sausage, casings removed by children so I don't have to touch :)
Brown sausage and drain, return to pan
Add veggies to drained meat and cook until onions are transparent 3 min or so
Add garlic and spices, simmer 3 min or so
Add tomatoes, stir well

In the meantime I had cooked pasta noodles and made boiling pot of broth.  
I had mixed together ricotta and parm.

I transferred my sausage/ tomato mixture into broth and allowed it to simmer for 15 min or so.

Add noodles and serve immediately with a dollop of the cheese mixture and a sprinkle of mozzarella.

And everyone was Happy, Happy, Happy! Hope you enjoy! Lord knows He's brought us sun loving, South Carolinians some good soup enjoying weather! Stay warm friends!

Love and Blessings,


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