Easy Lasagna Soup

I love lasagna and I love lasagna soup even more. This is an easy one pot soup that is ready to eat in 30 minutes. Enjoy this soup with a salad and garlic bread and you have a great meal. The leftovers are even better!

1 pound ground or with casing removed, sweet or hot sausage, I used sweet
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 green pepper, finely diced
3 garlic cloves minced
1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce (24 ounces), I used Barilla, it was on sale
1 carton of beef broth, 32 ounces, I used low fat and low sodium
2 bay leaves
1/2 – 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes, this doesn’t make the soup spicy, it brings out the flavor
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
3 basil leaves, snipped with shears in to small shreds
Salt and Pepper to taste
6 lasagna noodles, broken into pieces

4 ounces ricotta cheese
1/4 Parmesan cheese (the dry powdered stuff you use on spaghetti)
Dash of salt
1/8 teaspoon of fine black pepper
Mozzarella cheese, grated

Brown sausage in a soup pot for 8 minutes, breaking it up as it cooks. Add onion, green pepper and garlic. Cook an additional 5 minutes or so. Sausage should not be pink or red at this point. Pour in marinara sauce and beef broth. Add seasonings to the pot, bay leaves, chili flakes, Italian Seasoning, basil leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, add lasagna noodles and cook till noodles are tender. I cooked mine about 13 minutes. Remove Bay Leaves.

Serve soup into bowls. Top with mozzarella cheese and a scoop of ricotta. This would be perfect with a salad and garlic bread for a meal. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Baking Beauties and Damn Delicious.





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