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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna doesn't sound like it could possibly be eaten as a soup...but trust me IT CAN! I made it for dinner last night and couldn't have been happier with the way that it turned out. It has quickly became a family favorite and will be eaten frequently at our house. Its sweet zesty Italian flavor just makes your mouth water. ENJOY!

Lasagna Soup
1 lb ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t. thyme
1-2 T brown sugar (to taste...I think I used 1 1/2 T)
1 (32 oz) box chicken broth
2 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes with chilies, pureed in your blender
(if you want a little zip...use regular without chilies if your family doesn't like a little spice)
2 t. Italian seasoning
1/2 t. salt
3 T grated Parmesan cheese
2 c. broken lasagna noodles (you want bigger pieces, not crumbs), cooked and drained
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese ( I used cheddar because I didn't have mozzarella)
cottage cheese or sour cream

In a large skillet, brown ground beef and garlic. When meat is done, stir in thyme, brown sugar, canned tomatoes (that have been pureed), broth, Italian seasoning and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add COOKED noodles and simmer for 7 more minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Top with a dollop of cottage cheese (sounds weird but its DELISH...if you like cottage cheese in your lasagna, you will love this too) OR sour cream...and some shredded cheese. Serve with garlic toast for a complete yummy meal!!

Julie~

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