So after this morning ordeal I have decided I need comfort food. I know that my husband is probably going to have a panic attack when he realises what I have done with a perfectly good dish to begin with. I would say one of his biggest pet peeves with cooking is when you take a recipe, like lasagna, and then vamp it to be something different. Does that make sense? Well I'm doing it again tonight! On the menu is Lasagna Soup. I have seen many different recipes for this soup but I find something missing or something that shouldn't be in it at all! So I am going to wing it and create my own version. Hope you enjoy it!
In a soup pot, brown 1 lb of ground beef or Italian Sausage if you prefer. Once browned and drained add 1 chopped onion and 2 minced garlic cloves. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Chop up 2-3 tomato's or a can of stewed tomato's, add to meat along with a handful of freshly chopped basil and parsley. If you have fresh oregano add in a small handful or else 1 Tbsp of dried. Add 1/2 tsp of dried red pepper flakes, a bay leaf, 1/2 can of tomato paste. Stir it around and let cook for 1-2 minutes
Add in 6 cups of chicken broth and let simmer on stove for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to enhance. Once it has simmered remove the bay leaf.
While soup is simmering prepare a 250gram container of ricotta cheese with 1 garlic clove minced, a handful of fresh spinach, 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Place in refrigerator until ready to use
Bring your soup up to a boil and add 1 cup of fusili pasta or another type of noodle of choice. Cook until noodles are el dante.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In an oven proof individual soup bowl place a scoop of ricotta cheese mixture. Add as little or as much as you would like.
Top off the bowl with the soup mixture and cover the top with fresh mozzarella cheese. Cook in oven for approx 7 minutes. Turn the oven to Broil and continue cooking until the cheese is bubbling.
I hope you enjoy this as much as my husband did!