Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lasagna Soup

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lasagna Soup

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Most everyone loves lasagna, but this classic comfort food can take hours to prepare. Lasagna soup has all the traditional flavors of the baked Italian dish but takes a fraction of the time. Plus, you need only one large pot - no boiling, layering or baking required. I used sweet Italian sausage, but you could easily substitute hot sausage or ground beef.

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup chopped yellow onion

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casing removed

4 cups chicken stock

15-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, with juice

6-ounce can tomato paste

1 teaspoon ground oregano

teaspoon ground thyme

cup fresh basil, chopped, plus more for garnish

8 uncooked lasagna noodles, broken into bite-sized pieces

1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese

cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

Salt and black pepper

Ricotta cheese, for serving (optional)

In large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. …

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