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lasagna soup recipeThis has been such a good week.  Thursday evening, Wes and I went to a Dave Ramsey book signing in Kansas City.  We love Dave, and have read all of his books.  We are in the middle of taking Financial Peace University, and at the signing, we won $2000!  We never win anything, it was thrilling.  Wes’s name was pulled out of a box, he went up on stage, and Dave handed him a big ol’ stack of hundreds.  It really feels like our luck is changing, finally.  We are very blessed, but sometimes doesn’t it feel like you just cannot catch a break?  The last two years have been hard.  I can feel my attitude starting to change, a more positive way to look at the world.  And it seems like as soon as my attitude started to change, and I made an effort to change things in my life that were not working for me, good things started happening.  Maybe there is some truth to the power of positive thinking after all?

Yesterday, I went with my good friend Alison to a workshop put on by Helen Dujardin of Tartelette.  We spent the day in a studio talking about photography, lenses, props, styling, and I was in heaven.  I have been in such a creative rut lately, it was just what I needed to push myself and to work harder on my photography and styling skills.  I have been a photographer for a long time, so I know my way around a camera, but it is always worthwhile to go to events like this no matter what your skill level.  I always learn something new, and take away something that is useful to me.  It is so interesting to watch someone else work, and to figure out what is going on in their head as they are creating their shot.  I really cannot wait to get into the kitchen and make something just to try out some of the ideas that I got from spending the day with Helen.

Every now and again, I make something that is so good that it is hard to make anything else.  I have been on a huge soup kick and all I want to make is this soup.  I love it.  Actually, everyone at my house loves it.  Lasagna is one of my absolute favorite foods in the world.  I do not make it very often, it takes awhile to put together, and a long time to bake.  This soup is everything I love about lasagna in a bowl.  A rich tomato base, sausage, a ricotta cheese mixture that you add right before serving, and hits of fresh basil.  This could easily made into a vegetarian version, and can be made in 30 minutes.  I served it with a Caesar-ish salad and some sliced bread.

lasagna soup recipe2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian sausage
3 cups chopped onion
4 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
2 bay leaves
6 cups chicken stock
1/2 pound cooked fusilli noodles
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper

Cheese topping:

1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
1 Tablespoon chopped basil

2 cups shredded mozzarella

lasagna soup recipeHeat the oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat.  Add the sausage (I took mine out of the casing) and brown for 5 minutes.  I break mine up as I am cooking it, I do not want big chunks of sausage in my soup.

lasagna soup recipeAdd the onions and cook until soft.

lasagna soup recipeAdd the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes.

lasagna soup recipeAdd the tomato paste.

lasagna soup recipeLet the tomato paste cook for a few minutes.

lasagna soup recipeAdd the tomatoes, bay leaves and chicken stock.

lasagna soup recipeWhenever a soup calls for pasta, I always cook it separately.  I do this because we tend to have leftovers of soup, if you add the pasta directly to the soup, the pasta gets mushy and soaks up all of the broth.  If you keep it separate, you can just add the pasta to the bowl, pour reheated soup over, and it will heat the pasta through.

lasagna soup recipeBring the soup to a boil, and then turn down to a simmer.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  At the end, season with salt and pepper and add the basil.

lasagna soup recipeWhile the soup is simmering, make the cheese mixture.  In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and basil.  Set aside.

lasagna soup recipeWhen you are ready to serve your soup, add a good handful of pasta to the bottom of the bowl.

lasagna soup recipeAdd the soup to the bowl and add a generous spoonful of the cheese mixture to the top.  Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

lasagna soup recipeMix it all together and get ready to be blown away by all of its deliciousness.

lasagna soup recipeThis recipe is adapted from A Farmgirls Babbles.  And thanks Tara for introducing me to this soup.

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Lasagna Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian sausage
  • 3 cups chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 pound cooked fusilli noodles
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper
  • Cheese topping:
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped basil
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the sausage (I took mine out of the casing) and brown for 5 minutes. I break mine up as I am cooking it, I do not want big chunks of sausage in my soup.
  2. Add the onions and cook until soft.
  3. Add the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes.
  4. Add the tomato paste.
  5. Let the tomato paste cook for a few minutes.
  6. Add the tomatoes, bay leaves and chicken stock.
  7. Bring the soup to a boil, and then turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes. At the end, season with salt and pepper and add the basil.
  8. While the soup is simmering, make the cheese mixture. In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and basil. Set aside.
  9. When you are ready to serve your soup, add a good handful of pasta to the bottom of the bowl.
  10. Add the soup to the bowl and add a generous spoonful of the cheese mixture to the top. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
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53 Responses to Lasagna Soup

  1. Bree, this looks wonderful. So funny, I recently saw another recpie for lasagna soup and bookmarked it, as I’ve been on a slow cooker/soup kick myself! This looks so deliicous! I can’t wait to try it!

  2. Shannon says:

    This looks grrrrreat..and different! I have to try it! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Heather says:

    This is a great idea! I’ve been craving lasagna since I had it at my mom’s last month, but have not been motivated to make it. This will probably make it to the table with more haste :)

  4. Helene says:

    It was so nice meeting you! I am really looking forward to your upcoming shots! Love the idea of this soup too. Bookmarked!

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  6. Amanda N says:

    My husband loooooooves lasagna and I loooooove soup so I think I should make this for dinner this week. It looks and sounds delicious!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Oh this looks yummmyy….Congrats on the win….u deserve it

  8. I love lasagna, but I don’t make it often because of the time it takes. This recipe blows my mind! Woo-hooo!

  9. If this isn’t a big bowl of comfort than I don’t know what is! AND so much easier than actually making lasagna! I’ll bet the workshop with Helen was fantastic!

  10. I love lasagna but totally hate how long it takes sometimes–you’re right, this is the perfect alternative! Now I’m bummed I used up all of my ricotta!

  11. Natalie says:

    This looks so yummy and hearty!

  12. Valentina says:

    Bree, this looks divine! Love it!

  13. Melanie says:

    Bree, I made this last night and it was a huge hit with the entire family! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the win!

  14. You just squeezed so much info into this one post:
    1. I love Dave, too. We’ve tried and tried to follow his advice, but we’re human and have made our fair share of mistakes on the path. Good for you for winning cash at the signing. Snowball baby!
    2. I could weep from jealousy over a day spent with Helene! Oh to have been a fly on the wall.
    3. I’ve been craving soup something fierce. I think this is going to have to appear on our menu soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • bakedbree says:

      1. So far, so good. It is really hard, but we are so motivated, that we are sticking to it.
      2. It was wonderful, if you ever get the chance, go.
      3. I made this again tonight. Love it so much.

  15. Liz D says:

    Just made this tonight. It was wonderful and my entire family loved it! Even my hard to please 10 year old.

  16. Ali says:

    this looks amazinglyyyy delicious!!! got me salivating just staring at it. Will def try the soup out. Great pictures.

  17. I loved that this was so quick to put together. My boyfriend loves soup like you, and so I’m trying to make a different soup every week this night. What was nice about your recipe is that when I got home late from work, there was still time to put it together.
    Also, sometimes I think tomato-based broth-y soups are too acidic, but I’d say your lasagna soup hit it just right.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  18. amanda says:

    I totally made this soup for dinner tonight. LOVED. IT. I have never used canned fire-roasted tomatoes before + normally don’t like eating chunks of canned tomatoes, but I had no problem snarfing this soup down. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

  19. Courtney says:

    Oh my goodness gracious was this ever good. My dad and my husband (and me!) LOVED it and both went back for seconds. The flavors are just so rich and delicious. And, after receiving a picture of my bowl, my mom got really jealous that she wasn’t in town to try it too. I will be making this again SOON. Thanks, Bree!

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  22. Donna says:

    This looks so awesome. I love that most of your ingredients are from Trader Joes. That is where we shop 99% of the time for groceries. I definitely need to make it.

  23. I just love your soups and your blog. I am becoming a stalker! I mentioned this and two other of your recipes in my blog post…..http://www.samanthaandersenphotography.com/2012/02/what-meal-planning-looks-like.html
    Thanks you’re an inspiration.

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  28. Congrats on the winnings! And I LOVE soup! it’s so easy to put together and always comforting, this recipe looks yummy and I will bookmark this for future use :) thanks!

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