A few years ago, some dear family friends had Gabe and I over for dinner, and Lasgna Soup was on the menu. It immediately became a favorite, and I have made it faithfully ever since. It actually doesn't taste like lasagna, but it is mouthwateringly delicious. I usually cook this for friends who have just had a baby because it makes a good amount and is almost even better as leftovers.
This dish is great for every age too...my son usually asks for "more please mama" when I make this:) I have since lost the printed recipe so this is an adapted version. I am more of a see and taste cook. I don't go by specific amounts so forgive me for the loose recipe...
I am basing the amounts off of a larger pot. I grew up with 10 brothers and sisters so I always cook for more:) You can minimize the amount of pasta, broth, and basil as needed.
1 lb ground sausage
1-2 onions (based on preference)
1-2 Cloves minced garlic
6 cups chicken broth
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (15 oz) Italian style tomatoes
4 Tbls. fresh basil
1/4-1/2 c. parmesan (fresh grated is a plus)
1 cup fresh mozzarella - grated or cubed
1/2 lb - 1 lb pasta
2 c. fresh chopped spinach (optional)
(I actually completely forgot to add this to this batch as you can see in the picture, but usually do because it is a great way to sneak in those vegetables to the little ones;)
(I used about a pound of Cavatappi. Malfalda is another great one. For some reason, pasta shapes can add so much life to the meal...)
Have everything chopped so its ready to add as needed.
-Brown the sausage on the bottom of a stew pot.
-Add in Garlic and Onion and saute till onions are soft.
-Add in the fresh basil and salt and pepper if desired. (Depends on what meat you have.)
-Add the Chicken broth, tomatoes, and tomato sauce, and bring to a boil. (Medium heat should do.)
-Add in your pasta and watch closely.
(Its key to not overcook the noodles. I take it off the burner right before thoroughly cooked as it continues to soak the soup a few minutes after. I learned this after a couple batches of giant over cooked noodles in my soup.)
-Add in parmesan and chopped spinach
-Serve in bowls and top with fresh mozarella and additional fresh basil if desired.
-Enjoy with a glass of wine and Italian Bread.
This is what I call comfort food. Its best in the cold winter months:)
I hope you enjoy!
If you have any questions, let me know!