For the entire month of April, I’ve been trying to utilize my slow cooker more and maximize my time in the evenings. We’ve had some delicious meals so far- like BBQ Chicken Nachos and Southwest Chicken. I originally planned to make this Lasagna Soup in the slow cooker, but decided to just make it on the stove instead. Sometimes when you make pasta dishes in the slow cooker the texture can be a bit off, so it’s often recommended to cook the pasta separately. Since I would have to brown the ground beef and cook the pasta separately (and broil the cheese!), it just didn’t make sense for me to use the slow cooker.
This soup was a big hit! My husband loved it and my oldest ate a big bowl of it. It’s a small extra step to broil the cheese in the oven before serving, but so worth it. Look at that cheesy goodness. It really does taste just like lasagna, without all the effort of layering.
Another secret to perfect, strings of cheese in every bite is to use sliced cheese instead of shredded. This would be delicious served in a bread bowl. It’s a hearty soup, but still nice for summer, especially with a light, fresh salad.
Enjoy the taste of lasagna in a soup!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tbsp brown sugar packed
- 32 oz beef broth
- 2 (14.5) oz can petite diced tomatoes
- 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups broken lasagna noodles
- Sliced mozzarella cheese
Brown the ground beef with onions and garlic; drain well.
Add the brown sugar, beef broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and salt.
Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add noodles and cook until noodles are tender.
When ready to serve, ladle the soup into oven safe bowls and top with mozzarella.
Broil soups, 6-inches from heat, 3 to 4 minutes, until cheese is browned and bubbly.
Adapted from Paula Deen: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/tastes-like-lasagna-soup-recipe.html