I recently invited some friends over for a girls’ night out, and was trying to figure out what to serve for dinner. It seems like whenever I go out to eat with a bunch of girls, we always end up ordering soup and salad. That gave me the idea to serve soup and salad for our get-together. I had been meaning to try this soup from Cooking Classy, and it seemed perfect for the occasion as I knew all of us enjoy lasagna. I’m really happy that I settled on this one, as it was delicious and flavorful and tasted very similar to lasagna. Only because it is soup, you get to put toppings on it. That is my favorite part. The toppings on this soup are a creamy ricotta and Parmesan combination that melts, and then you get to swirl it into the hot broth where it mixes with the tomatoes, and there is this wonderful mixture that just melts in your mouth. (Sorry, it is hard for me not to talk in run on sentences when discussing food)! It is so good!
There is also an incredible amount of spices in this soup which is why I think it is so flavorful. It is very simple to make, and you can assemble it ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator until needed, up to a week ahead. I think it would be great for a Christmas party because of this and also due to its pretty red and green colors. I love recipes where you are not having to rush around at the last-minute before a party. I served Apple, Bacon, and Candied Pecan Salad and bread sticks with it. But it is also perfect for a weeknight dinner as well and you could just do a simple green salad. It is a very versatile dish. I know I will be making it again and again.
One of the main reasons I had my friends over was because I wanted to show them the movie, “Moms’ Night Out”. We rented it a couple of weeks ago, and I really enjoyed it. The theme of the importance of and struggles of being a mom are present throughout, and it is just a fun, uplifting movie. I hope you get a chance to see it if you ever have doubts about your abilities as a mother or the importance of that role in your kids’ lives. We laughed and cried through dinner (talking about our kids), we laughed and cried through the movie (it was so touching and funny at the same time), and then we laughed and cried through dessert (because I forgot one of the ingredients and we almost chipped our teeth on the crust). That’s the life of a cook/mom/food blogger/wife/friend. Lots of laughing and crying. But it is wonderful to have friends to do it with you.
- 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
- 3/4 lb. sweet or hot Italian pork sausage
- 1 large yellow onion, diced (approx. 2 cups)
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 c chicken broth
- 1 (14.5 oz. can) petite diced tomatoes (I used Hunts)
- 1 (14.5 oz) can crushed tomatoes (I used Hunts)
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. tomato paste (I used Hunts)
- 2 tsp. dried basil
- 3/4 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
- 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
- 1 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 8 lasagna noodles, broken into bite size pieces
- 1 1/4 c shredded Italian cheese blend (I used Trader Joe’s)
- 1/2 c canned grated Parmesan Cheese (I used Kraft)
- 8 oz. ricotta cheese
- Heat one Tbsp. olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
- Once the oil is hot, crumble beef and sausage into pot, season with salt and pepper to taste, and cook, stirring occasionally until browned, watching carefully so it doesn’t burn, then turn the heat to medium-low until cooked through.
- Drain the majority of fat from beef and sausage, and set the meat aside.
- Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil in pot, add chopped yellow onion and saute until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes.
- Add in garlic and saute, stirring every 30 seconds or so until garlic is cooked, but not brown. Be careful not to burn.
- Add in chicken broth, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, 2 1/2 Tbsp. tomato paste, basil, oregano, rosemary, fennel seeds, thyme, parsley, the cooked meat, salt, and pepper. Bring just to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare lasagna noodles according to directions listed on package. Drain.
- Add cooked pasta to soup.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together Parmesan cheese with ricotta until thoroughly combined.
- Ladle soup into bowls, dollop each serving with a scoop of the cheese mixture (I used my cookie scoop), sprinkle Italian cheese blend over the ricotta mixture, and then chopped parsley. Serve immediately.
- Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
Recipe Source: Cook AZ I Do, slightly adapted from Cooking Classy‘s original recipe
Oh my simply goodness GOSH, Shari! I don’t usually do super savory or heavy soups, but I would take a huge bite out of the screen right now if I could. Fab idea for a dinner party–I am absolutely saving this. Have a wonderful week!
Thank you so much, Ala! I wish I could give you some to try. It is more along the lines of a chili as far as being heavier. The original recipe was more brothy, but I didn’t want to lose any of the flavor from the spices so didn’t add any pasta water to it. Anyway, probably more than you want to know about lasagna soup!:) I hope you have a great week!
HI Shari, now this is one soup that I have never made before, looks delicious
Thank you, Cheri! It was a lot of fun to try something completely different, and then to end up liking it so much was a bonus. I hope you have a great week!
This sounds delicious but you have to have access to a good Italian sausage and here in Indy, it doesn’t exist in my opinion! Sometimes I make my own sausage but it’s always an experiment so I never really know the exact measurements of what I just created! I’ll have to enjoy your dish vicariously because it looks and sounds sooooo good!
Thanks so much, Marcy! I agree, good Italian sausage makes a difference. I get mine at Sprouts as they are nitrate free and lower in fat, but they taste wonderful. The original recipe just calls for hamburger, though, and because of all the spices in the soup, I think it would still taste very good. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment!
Yum! This soup sounds wonderful!
Thank you, Nancy! I had it for lunch again today, and it was just as good reheated, if not better. Hope you get a chance to try it. Have a wonderful week!
Now this is the kind of soup I would just eat on its own as a full meal. The combination of ingredients is filling. Very filling! thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome, Liz! It is filling, kind of like chili. It is a little more brothy than the pictures show, though. By the time I got to take the pictures, there wasn’t as much broth left. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Oh Shari, what a wonderful, creative take on lasagna . . . that has to be not only delicious, but so much easier than making traditional lasagna! I’ve got to try your recipe and I know my lasagna-nuts family would love it! I am sorry that I have been so M.I.A. on my blog and in visiting your blog, but I’m on 2 search committees for new faculty at work, teaching my classes, plus it’s now spring semester advising for the last 2 weeks and then next week, and at home we have a new (stray) puppy that we took in and are house-training (uggghhh!). I’ve also been spending my evenings (after grading papers and exams) working on a new blog look that hopefully will launch Friday. I’m hoping that things will quiet down at work once we hire the 2 faculty and advising is over. I haven’t even planted my fall lettuce and feel so guilty! Bought the seeds, but no planting! 😦 I needed a break SO BAD and I’m glad that you enjoyed the post on Charleston. All we did was eat and walk and sleep…..bliss! If you do visit this part of the country, I hope we can meet and that I can show you the sights! It would be my honor!
Thank you so much, Roz! You don’t ever need to apologize. I feel like I am always behind on visiting blogs, and I don’t work outside the home. I really do not know how you do everything you do. It is always so nice to see you here whenever it works out for you. Absolutely no pressure from me! If I am ever in the south, stopping in to meet you would be my first priority. Someday I hope! I am so glad you got to get away for a weekend. It sounds like you needed it, and what a fun trip. I am enjoying fall vicariously through you and your beautiful Instagram pictures!:) Best wishes to you in your busy season and with your new puppy. Thanks so much for your sweet comments!
Mmm! My mouth is watering just looking at your photos! What a great idea for family get-togethers.
Also, thank YOU for the movie recommendation. 🙂 I’ve never seen “Mom’s Night Out” and I will definitely check it out!
Thank you so much, Ruth! It really is a great recipe for family get-togethers as it makes a lot and everyone seems to like it. I hope you enjoy the movie. It is light-hearted and kind of crazy at times, yet has such an encouraging message for moms. I love to support movies like that. Thanks for stopping by and hope you’re having a great weekend!
Your soup sounds wonderful Shari. Sounds like a really fun evening too.
Thank you very much! I know I will be making this soup recipe over and over again. It really was a fun evening. There is just something about getting together with girlfriends. I appreciate you dropping by, and hope you have a nice weekend!
I made this soup last night and it’s everything you said! Delish and easy to make. Perfect for fall and winter meals. I froze leftovers in individual portions to take for lunch at work.
Thank you so much, Kay! That makes me very happy that you liked it. Nice to know that it freezes well, too. I really appreciate you letting me know you made it. Hope you are having a great week!