I am in love with this lasagna soup. Totally smitten, kitten. Seriously, I could eat this stuff every single day of the week and never grow tired of it. Who knew that eating your lasagna in a soup would ever taste so great? I love piling on extra mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese, too. Such a delightful mess of goodness in a bowl.
That cheesy concoction at the bottom of the bowl is like opening a present on Christmas morning, y’all.
FOR THE SOUP:
2 tsp. Bertolli olive oil
1-1/2 lbs. Jimmy Dean Italian sausage
3 c. chopped onions
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. McCormick dried oregano
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 T. Hunt’s tomato paste
1 28-oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
6 c. chicken stock
8 oz. Barilla Mafalda or fusilli pasta
1/2 c. finely chopped fresh basil leaves
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
FOR THE CHEESY YUM:
8 oz. ricotta
1/2 c. Kraft grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. Morton salt
pinch of freshly ground pepper
additional cheesy yum:
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
For a slow cooker version of this soup, be sure to check out my Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup with Chicken and Mushrooms!
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add sausage, breaking up into bite sized pieces, and brown for about 5 minutes. Add onions and cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomato paste and stir well to incorporate. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the tomato paste turns a rusty brown color.
Add diced tomatoes, bay leaves, and chicken stock. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add uncooked pasta and cook until al dente. Do not over cook or let soup simmer for a long period of time at this point, as the pasta will get mushy and absorb all the soup broth. You may even want to consider cooking the noodles separately, and then adding some to individual bowls before ladling the soup over them. This would be an especially smart move if you are anticipating any leftovers. Right before serving, stir in the basil and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
While the pasta is cooking, prepare the cheesy yum. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan, salt, and pepper.
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Quick Tip: To serve, place a dollop of the cheesy yum in each soup bowl, sprinkle some of the mozzarella on top and ladle the hot soup over the cheese.
Thank you The Blond Cook for this great photo.