I am feeling a little under the weather. I am stuffed up and have a cold. Though I’m rarely sick, I am prone to sinus issues. So, yesterday all I wanted to make a nice hot soup to break through the congestion. I was thinking hot n sour soup but I didn’t have the ingredients.
Then Adam, my “SO” (Significant Other), said he wanted a burger. I don’t eat a lot of meat, however, I will enjoy a burger from time to time. I didn’t rule out a burger for him, but I definitely was not in the mood for that myself.
Compromise: Lasagna Soup! A heavier soup that Adam could enjoy (meat included) and something a little spicy to get my nose running.
And I am calling it “Easy Lasagna Soup” because I used canned tomatoes. I typically use fresh or frozen tomatoes and blend them in the food processor. This soup can be thrown together relatively quickly. Or, if you want a deeper flavor, let the meat sauce simmer as long as you want! Just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t get too thick. Add beef broth if it gets thicker than you want.
½ lb ground hot Italian sausage
½ lb ground chuck
1 med yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Cook meats and onion in a skillet over medium heat until meat is cooked through. Add garlic and stir.
Then add below six ingredients and bring to a boil.
28 oz can of fire roasted crushed tomatoes
2 cups water
2 Tbsp “Better than Bouillion” – Beef flavor
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
Once boiling, I added 11 lasagna sheets of pasta. I broke them into bite size pieces. Feel free to add whatever shape of pasta you prefer for your soup, but something larger and a little heartier will seem a little more like “lasagna” and match the meat better in spoon bites. Let the soup simmer until the pasta is al dente and remove from heat. Mine took about 10 minutes.
I ladled the soup into bowls and stirred in about ¼ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese per bowl (mine Mozzarella is from Wisconsin, of course!). And then I grated fresh parmigiano-reggiano on top of each. (I actually keep my parmigiano-reggiano in the freezer wrapped in a freezer bag since I don’t use it often, but like to have it on hand to add to dishes like this.)
I have to say that Adam and I were both satisfied. He liked having a soup with some substance. I liked the hot soup (both temp and spice) that helped drain my sinuses. And the taste was delicious Adam said. I couldn’t taste it as much as I would have liked because of my cold. ugh.