Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lasagna Soup

Because I'm lucky enough to be home all day with the little man for the next few months, we've been trying to cook meals that make a lot of leftovers so I have quick food for lunch. And food that reheats well.

The little man lives life by the seat of his diaper right now, so some days I might have a leisurely hour for lunch, and other days I reheat the same bowl of soup four times over the course of two hours before I finally get a chance to sit down and eat. (The hubby keeps repeating that quote from A Christmas Story -- "My mother had not had a hot meal for herself in 15 years ...")

Soup. Soup is good.

This recipe is an adaptation of what I think is a Paula Deen recipe. I vaguely recall seeing it on one of her shows, in any case. It really does have a flavor resembling lasagna; I was afraid that it would be too tomato-y and acidic, but the chicken broth and brown sugar do their thing. The original recipe also recommended serving this soup with a big helping of broiled cheese and garlic toast on top (like French Onion soup is served), but I went with just a sprinkling of mozzarella on the steaming soup. I'm trying to regain my girlish figure 'n' all.

Oh, wait. I've never had a girlish figure.

Lasagna Soup
Serves 6

1 lb. hamburger
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
32 oz. chicken broth
2 14.5-oz. cans petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. mafalda (mini lasagna) noodles, or broken lasagna noodles
1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese
Shredded mozzarella

1. In a Dutch oven or soup pot, cook hamburger, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat until hamburger is browned.

2. Stir in thyme, brown sugar, broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and salt. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

3. Add noodles. Simmer until noodles are tender, about 10 minutes.

4. Stir in parmesan cheese.

5. Serve with shredded mozzarella.


Palidor said...

That looks really hearty! And it seems to make a big pot to give you plenty of leftovers.

cricket said...

I am totally making this and then freezing the extra for when my little rascal arrives! Keep the soup recipes is the perfect food for this weather!

Valerina said...

This is perfect for the chilly weather this time of year. Just reading about it warmed my icy computer fingertips. :)

Ginger said...

I love this blog post. My "little" man is 17 and lives by the seat of his car!! SO, nerves might have me heating this Lasagna Soup up four times in one day!! This soup sounds perfect. Have a great weekend....

girlichef said...

Oh, yummy! I can just picture the cozy little scene w/ mama, baby...and a big bowl of steaming soup, LOL!! Do you ever watch Absolutely Fabulous? There was this episode where a friend was visiting and holding a baby who wouldn't settle and...oh sheesh, not funny when I say it, but hilarious and forever quotable...just like the Christmas Story phrase... :D

Sophie said...

What a great idea, my friend!

The little guy keeps you busy but that doesn't stop your creativity!! So, are the best recipes born!!

Carol said...

YUM YUM AND MORE YUM! It's definitely soup weather here...I can't wait to try this one!
How's that "little man" of yours....they grow SOOOO fast, and seem to change every day.