Disclosure: Sponsored by Prego®. All opinions are my own.
Fall has truly made its way to Ohio, as evidenced by the steadily dropping temperatures and multi-colored leaves that are currently plastered to my car, courtesy of an unrelenting drizzle of rain. Days like this cry out for a comforting hot bowl of soup, especially when the scheduled soccer practices carry on as usual, despite the soggy conditions.
We have a number of go-to soup recipes, but surprisingly, I've yet to share one of my favorites with you -- this relatively quick and easy lasagna soup recipe!
I know you're thinking, "lasagna soup?!" Yeeesssss!!! It has all of the flavor of a slow-baked Sunday dinner lasagna wrapped up in a delicious soup that totally satisfies my weeknight dinner requirement of stove-to-table in 45 minutes or less.
This incredible feat is made possible, in part, by Prego® Traditional Pasta Sauce. It's the perfect starter for my lasagna soup, eliminating a myriad of seasonings I would need to measure and add otherwise. I do still add in some more Italian seasoning for extra flavor, but that's simple enough. Right?
Before I add the Prego sauce, though, I start by sautéing some onions and green peppers in olive oil. Then I add some ground hamburger, browning and breaking it up into bite-size pieces as it cooks. Finally I press in a few cloves of garlic, giving it all a quick stir.
Now it's time for the Prego, along with some unsalted beef stock, petite diced tomatoes and the aforementioned Italian Seasoning.
While this mixture is cooking, I put a large pot of salted water on to boil for the lasagna noodles. I break the noodles up into bite-sized pieces, and cook them according to the package's directions, reserving a cup of the pasta water before draining them. This water gets stirred into the soup, along with the cooked noodles, for more flavor and a little thickening power.
Finally I adjust the salt and pepper to taste and ladle it out into serving bowls -- BIG bowls, mind you -- because my kids are seriously crazy for this soup. It's a good thing this recipe makes a generous amount!
If you're really in a pinch for time, this lasagna soup is amazing served with a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella cheese. But if you have a few extra minutes, take the time to mix up this creamy ricotta topping that elevates this quick and easy soup to out-of-this-world status. Simply make a mixture of ricotta cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, salt and a little fresh chopped parsley – I seriously can't recommend it enough.
Or if you really want to get a little crazy, top your lasagna soup with both mozzarella and the ricotta topping. I won't judge -- promise!
Prego Italian sauces offer rich flavor with real ingredients you can see, taste and smell. This rich flavor brings you a superior taste experience that will make your weeknight dinner, not only quick, but most importantly, delicious and enjoyable for the whole family.