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If you’re craving lasagna and have a crowd to feed, this soup is undoubtedly the way to go. Served with a green salad and some garlic bread, it’s an incredibly satisfying meal that actually does taste like a lasagna dinner.
*If you don’t have fresh rosemary and thyme, you can omit them and use about 2 tablespoons of dried Italian herb seasoning instead.
For the soup: Cook the pasta to al dente according to the package directions; drain and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper and carrot. Cook until the veggies are starting to soften, about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beef, garlic, rosemary and thyme, and cook until the beef is browned, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the canned tomato, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, bouillon cubes, bay leaves, salt, black pepper and water; turn heat up to high and bring to a boil. Turn heat down, cover the pot, and simmer until the veggies are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in cooked pasta; taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired.
Serve with a scoop of seasoned ricotta on top, along with a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella and fresh minced parsley.
For the seasoned ricotta: Stir together all ingredients. Add to the top of the Lasagna Soup along with shredded mozzarella and fresh minced parsley.
To reheat: The soup keeps well in the fridge, but it does thicken upon standing. When you reheat it on the stovetop, add a splash of tomato juice if desired.
These chicken noodle bowls are loosely based on Pho, a dish my husband and I have been fortunate enough to enjoy at our friends’ house. They do a traditional Vietnamese recipe with beef. The dish has a flavorful beef broth, topped with fresh aromatics and vegetables.
I decided to make this version for my husband who has been sick all weekend with a terrible cold. The ginger root provides a homeopathic element to the broth.
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