Welcome to the epitome of comfort food—One Pot Lasagna Soup. This isn’t just a bowl of soup; it’s a bowl of love, a Southern comfort soup that evokes the warmth of grandma’s kitchen and brings it right into your home. It’s so easy, you’ll find it fitting for a cozy dinner, yet so sophisticated, it could stand shoulder to shoulder with New York Times soup recipes. Let’s dive in.
Can You Have Lasagna Without Layering?
Absolutely. One Pot Lasagna Soup delivers all the flavorful finesse of traditional lasagna but spares you the painstaking layering process. This is your taste of home in comforting chicken noodle soup form, but with lasagna flair. A quintessential soup and bread meal!
Why Does This Soup Taste So Authentic?
What sets this soup apart is its well-balanced Italian spices, a symphony of garlic, onion, and Italian herbs, including basil and oregano. The soup and roll experience here is not merely a meal but a journey through Italy.
What Ingredients Make This Soup a “Soup of Love”?
This Southern comfort soup flaunts layers of cheesy noodles drenched in robust marinara, enlivened by garlic, onion, and Italian spices. Picture a Food52 tomato soup but with the twist of being a lasagna. It’s essentially a soup and comfort bundled into one.
How Easy Is It to Customize this Bowl of Soup?
Surprisingly easy! Whether you’re in the mood for a vegetarian version or keen on adding turkey sausage for a lighter fare, this is your canvas. Subbing lasagna noodles with whatever pasta you have is perfectly fine. A true soup for the soul.
What’s the Best Pot for This Southern Comfort Soup?
A large Dutch oven works wonders, especially for soup lovers. Its even heat distribution ensures that every spoonful is a harmonious blend of flavors. If grandma’s soup had a modern twist, this would be it. It offers both capacity and efficacy—qualities you’d expect from places that deliver chicken noodle soup.
What About Storing and Freezing?
Ah, the comfort of soup even extends to its storage. Keep it in an airtight container and savor it for 4-5 days. As for freezing, it’s advisable to omit the noodles to prevent them from turning mushy. Consider it your “get well chicken soup” in a box.
How to Serve This Soup of Comfort?
Imagine your soup and bread moment. Ladle this luxurious concoction into bowls, top with cheese, and serve with a side of garlic bread. This is what I’d call a “get better soup” or even a “hello fresh soup” because it rejuvenates the spirit!
If this One Pot Lasagna Soup has whetted your appetite for more, check out other comforting options like my Chicken Parmesan, Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta, and Shrimp Fettuccine. They are all perfect examples of what comfort chicken soup should be: warm, satisfying, and utterly delectable.
- 1 lb lean ground beef, or a 50-50 mix with Italian sausage
- 1 diced yellow onion
- Minced garlic, 4-5 cloves
- A dash of red pepper flakes (1/4 – 1/2 tsp)
- 1 jar (24 oz) of Prego Traditional Italian Sauce
- Chicken broth, low sodium (8-10 cups, variable)
- 1 can (14 oz) of crushed tomatoes
- Concentrated tomato paste, 2 tbsp
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- Granulated sugar, 1 1/2 tsp
- A bouquet of dried herbs: 1 tbsp basil, 1 tsp each of parsley and oregano
- A sprinkle of salt and a dash of pepper (1 tsp and 1/2 tsp respectively)
- A singular bay leaf
- Broken uncooked lasagna noodles, about 10, fragmented into 1-2 inch pieces
- Optional: 1/2 cup heavy cream
Cheesy Finishing Touches
- Shredded mozzarella
- Freshly grated Parmesan
- Dollops of ricotta
- Heat a capacious Dutch oven or similar soup pot over a medium-high flame. Commingle the beef and diced onion, cooking until the meat attains a succulent brown hue. Introduce garlic and red pepper flakes to the mix, sautéing briefly. Drain any surplus fat.
- Unleash the array of flavors by adding the Italian sauce, an initial 6 cups of chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, sugar, a medley of dried herbs, and that singular bay leaf. Accompany with broken lasagna noodles. Stir and bring the potpourri to a rolling boil, subsequently reducing to a simmer. Cook until the noodles tenderize, stirring intermittently (around 20-30 minutes).
- Evict the bay leaf. Optionally blend in heavy cream for richness. Achieve your ideal soup consistency by adding 2-4 cups of the remaining chicken broth.
- If lasagna noodles aren’t your jam, swap them for 2 1/2 cups of uncooked small shells. Adjust the simmering time accordingly.
- For a creamy texture sans heavy cream, consider thickening the broth by whisking 2 tsp of cornstarch with some chicken broth and incorporating it into the soup.