I looove lasagna! Especially homemade lasagna…but, I really have to be in the mood to make a big casserole dish of it. Cooking those huge noodles is really tricky!
Well, I found the perfect, quick alternative to making a whole lasagna: Lasagna Soup! I stumbled upon this recipe for Lasagna Soup a couple of years ago and we’ve made it a few times each fall. It’s really hearty and will definitely satisfy that lasagna itch!
As usual, I’ve modified the recipe a bit to suite our tastes! Enjoy!
- 2 1/2 lb. Italian Sausage (I mixed Scimeca's Mild and Medium Sausage)
- 1 large White Onion, Small Dice
- 2 T. Garlic, Minced
- 2 tsp. Dried Oregano
- 2 T. Tomato Paste
- (1) 28 oz. can of Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 6 c. Unsalted Chicken Stock
- 1/2 c. Fresh Basil, Thinly Sliced
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 16 oz. Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese
- 1/2 c. Good Quality Parmesan Cheese, Grated
- 1 lb. Mezzi Rigatoni (Half Rigatoni) or other medium/small pasta
- 2 c. Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
- In a large saucepan, brown the Italian sausage. Break into small pieces.
- Add the diced onion. Cook until softened/transparent.
- Add the garlic and oregano. Stir to incorporate.
- Add tomato paste. Stir to coat sausage and onions. Cook until a rust brown color.
- Add tomatoes, chicken stock, and bay leaves. Stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for approximately 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, add fresh basil, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Combine the cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, shred the mozzarella cheese.
- Bring a large stockpot full of water to a boil.
- Salt the water, add the pasta, and cook the pasta until al dente.
- When the pasta is finished cooking drain in a colander.
- Put a layer of pasta in the bottom of your bowl.
- Add a layer of the cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese mixture - don't be shy!
- Ladle the soup over the top of the cheese and pasta.
- Top with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
- 1) Use a potato masher to break the sausage into small pieces!
- 2) Use kitchen shears to cut up the basil into thin strips!
- 3) Buy the tomato paste in a tube. If you buy the small can of tomato paste, it'll go bad really quickly if you don't use it up!
- 4) Add mushrooms, zucchini, etc. to beef up the veggies! Add them to the soup at the same time as the onions...