Love lasagna? Then you’ll love this Lasagna Soup! It’s perfect for a cold winter day!
I love cartoons. If you’re a regular Spiced reader, then you’re probably well aware of my love for Scooby Doo, Wile E. Coyote, Wacky Racers and Gossamer (i.e. the hairy orange monster that chases Bugs Bunny around). But my first cartoon love? That would have to be Garfield.
I seriously loved Garfield when I was a kid. I had stuffed Garfield and Odie animals. I would eagerly jump at the Sunday newspaper and read the Garfield comic first. I had (still have…) a number of Garfield comic books. And my sister even gave me this Garfield cookbook for Christmas this past year. I mean, who doesn’t need 230 recipes inspired by a cat!?
Quick side story: when I was a kid, I remember playing this game where I’d throw my stuffed Odie dog over the balcony from the 2nd floor to the landing on the 1st floor. And guess who just started throwing his stuffed animals over the 2nd floor railing in our house? Yup, Robbie. And then he cries until someone gets his stuffed animal for him. That’s a habit we need to break soon! Like father…like son…
Did you know that Garfield’s favorite food is lasagna? Yup, lasagna. That’s because Garfield was born in Mamma Leoni’s Italian Restaurant. He developed such a love for lasagna that Mamma Leoni either had to choose between the restaurant and Garfield. She chose the restaurant, and Garfield was soon adopted by Jon Arbuckle…and the rest is history.
If you think about it, a lazy cat with a sarcastic attitude and a unwavering love for Italian food makes for a pretty good cartoon character. In fact, for a few short weeks back in 1994, I tried my hand at drawing my own cartoon strip. The main character in my cartoon strip bore an uncanny resemblance to Odie.
I have no idea what Garfield thinks about soup, but he loves lasagna. So I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Garfield would love this Lasagna Soup. This soup is seriously amazing. Laura got into this soup while I was out at curling one night, and I got a series of text messages proclaiming her undying love for this soup. Ok, undying love is a bit extreme, but the point remains. This Lasagna Soup tastes just like the classic Italian dish…just in soup form. And it’s delicious!
One of the best parts about this Lasagna Soup? It’s quick and easy! I thought about adapting this one for the slow cooker, but I just made it on the stovetop instead. This one is ready in just about 30 minutes or so, and I can promise that the family will come running once the smell of this soup drifts through the house. Heck, you might even end up with a smart-alecky orange cat waiting for his serving of this Lasagna Soup! Enjoy, my friends!
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 16 oz. lean ground beef
- 2 tsp garlic minced
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp dried parsley
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
- 2 14.5-oz. cans diced tomatoes
- 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
- 10 uncooked lasagna noodles broken into 1” pieces
- ½ cup fresh basil leaves chopped
- ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese grated
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ricotta cheese for topping
- mozzarella cheese shredded, for topping
- Using a large stockpot or Dutch oven, add olive oil and place over medium-high heat. Once hot, add onion and sauté for 5-6 minutes, or until onion just begins to soften.
- Add beef, garlic, oregano and parsley. Break up ground beef with a wooden spoon. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 more minutes or until beef is browned.
- Add tomato paste, sugar, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 2-3 more minutes.
- Add chicken stock, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce; stir and cover. Allow soup to come to a simmer. Uncover and simmer for 15 more minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Once cooked, stir noodles, chopped basil, Parmesan cheese and heavy cream into soup.
- Spoon soup into bowls. Sprinkle tops of bowls with a bit of shredded mozzarella and a spoonful of ricotta. Garnish with additional chopped basil, if desired.