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Lasagna Soup

on 10/02/2011

Today is the perfect kind of day for soup.  It’s chilly (bleh).  It’s rainy (which, actually, i love rain just not so much when it’s on the cold side of the spigot.)  It’s October, so i guess we spring/summer-lovers may as well give in and say that fall is here.  Soup time!  Last night i got smart (for a change) and cooked two meals at one time.  Combined my sausage for last night’s Dirty Rice and hamburger for today’s Lasagna Soup together, so it made putting the meals together easier.  Also gave a little different flavor to the Rice and the Soup by having both types of meat, so that was a bonus as well.

Now, i don’t know about you, but it’s hard to think of lasagna and not think of Garfield.  Ah, Garfield.  Everything that i as a human am or wish i could be–fat (got that covered), lazy (ditto), outspoken (eh, not so much), and completely comfortable with himself (definitely got to work on that one.)  Oh, and a lasagna lover–got that one down too, although maybe not quite so well as Garfield.  Do you remember when the comic strip first came out?  I was still in school, so obviously Mr. G is on his 8th or 9th life.  Loved his sarcastic wit from the start.

Another witty character who is obviously completely comfortable with herself is Paula Deen.  Love her too!  She’s my kind of cook.  Now, to be honest, i do try to be a little more careful on a regular basis and cut back on salt, sugar and what-not; but i also believe you should enjoy life too.  Cake is not just a once-a-year-on-your-birthday food.  If you only celebrate your life once a year, you are a poor person indeed.  Anyway, off my soap box.  Paula.  Ran across her recipe for Lasagna Soup and knew it was a must-try.  I’ll tell you this: it swells.  What i cooked last night and what i pulled out of the refrigerator this morning to throw into the crock pot were two different-looking dishes.  If you want it soupy, cook it right before you consume it.  If you don’t mind it being thicker and more like lasagna, make it the day before and reheat it.  It tastes wonderful no matter what!  I did add some tomato juice and water with extra seasoning this morning to liquify it, but it was still thick.  But you  know what–no problem!  It was just exactly what the weatherman ordered.

Think i’ll take a page out of Garfield’s book and order up a siesta.  Before i go, here are some Paula quotes to add a little more spice to your day.

“Bein’ rich is having leftovers. Good leftovers make yo’ tongue fly outta yo’ mouth and smack yo’ brains out.”

 “Nobody better get between a fat girl and her food, ‘specially if the girl’s me.”

 “Oh I would be so teed off if I didn’t put butter on my biscuit one mornin’ and I walk out there and a truck hits me. And there my (rear end) is, lyin’ out in that street to die healthy. Oh, nooo, darlin’.”

Paula Deen

Lasagna Soup

1 lb. ground chuck (i added about another pound of sausage with this)

1 onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

2–3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. thyme

1 Tbs. packed brown sugar

32 oz. chicken broth

2 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes

1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp. salt

2 cups broken lasagna noodles (didn’t measure–just used the whole box)

5 oz. grated Parmesan cheese

2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

Cook meat, onion, pepper and garlic over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes.  Drain well.

Stir in thyme, sugar, broth, tomatoes, sauce, and seasonings.  Boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.  Add noodles; stir until tender.  Add Parmesan cheese.

When serving, add Mozzarella cheese on top.  Serve with crostini or a warm, crusty bread.

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