Indulge your taste buds in the delightful fusion of Italian comfort food with a twist in today’s featured recipe – Lasagna Soup with heart-shaped toast. A perfect blend of the classic lasagna flavors, this heartwarming soup is both hearty enough for winter and light enough for summer, making it an all-season favorite.
Lasagna Soup Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
- 1 pound (453.59 grams) ground beef
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 (32-ounce/907.19 ml) box chicken broth
- 2 (14.5-ounce/411.07 grams each) cans petite diced tomatoes
- 1 (15-ounce/425.24 grams) can tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups broken lasagna noodles
- 1 (5-ounce/141.75 grams) package grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Garlic Crostini (recipe follows)
- 1 thin French baguette
- 1/2 cup (118.29 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves peeled and smashed garlic
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
How to Make Lasagna Soup:
- In a large Dutch oven, combine ground beef, chopped onion, bell pepper, and minced garlic. Cook over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes until beef is browned and crumbles. Drain well.
- Stir in thyme, brown sugar, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add broken lasagna noodles and simmer until tender. Stir in Parmesan cheese.
- Preheat broiler. Spoon the soup into 8 to 10 ovenproof bowls and sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese.
- Broil the soups, 6 inches from heat, for 3 to 4 minutes until the cheese is browned and bubbling. Add a slice of garlic crostini on top. Serve immediately.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Cut the baguette into 1/4-inch round slices.
- Place the slices on a baking sheet and brush each with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Rub each side with smashed garlic cloves.
- Experiment with different types of cheese for a unique flavor profile.
- Make the soup in advance; the flavors intensify when allowed to meld overnight.
Q: Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?
A: Yes, ground turkey is a great alternative for a leaner option.
Q: Can I freeze the soup?
A: Absolutely! Freeze in airtight containers, and reheat on the stove for a quick, satisfying meal.