Breaking out of the dinner doldrums with lasagna soup

February 8th, 2012 Posted by Uncategorized 6 thoughts on “Breaking out of the dinner doldrums with lasagna soup”

We’ve got the dinner doldrums around here. You know when all your go-to recipes sound meh and a new recipe just looks a titch too complicated? And you end up eating an assortment of sandwiches and pancakes?

So been there.

The other day I was so over the usual but not ready to branch out too far. So when I remembered I pinned this lasagna soup, I thought I’d give it a whirl.

I made a few modifications to suit our tastes:

+Rather than Italian sausage, I used lean ground beef. I just sauted it in a pan with garlic and olive oil until it was cooked through.

+Since I don’t like to stand around watching my food cook (also, a certain toddler would use that as an opportunity to color all over the walls), I tossed everything except the pasta into my crock pot and let it cook on low for about eight hours.

+I added frozen chopped spinach to the mix to green things up.

After about eight hours, I cooked my pasta and tossed it into the crock pot with the rest of the soup for about 10 minutes. I served the soup with the delicious cheesy topping. Definitely DO NOT SKIMP on the cheesy topping. You will be sorry if you do. Trust me.

Lasagna soup is most certaintly taking a rotation in my go-to meal arsenal. It’s fast. Easy. And crazy delcious. Even Kate ate it. You know it’s good when my toddler agrees to eat the meal instead of screaming for cheese Pringles. Now that’s a winner.

  • We have the dinner doldrums too! I will definitely trying this 🙂

    • It is so good! And it makes great leftovers for lunches.

  • Emma

    One other option besides Italian sausage and ground beef is Italian turkey sausage — I like to use Shady Brook Farms Italian turkey sausage sometimes — it’s very flavorful! Could be good in lasagna soup : )

    • That is a great idea, Emma! I didn’t use Italian sausage because I find the taste too harsh. But I think the Italian turkey sausage would make for a great substitute.

  • Kat

    The importance of the cheesy topping has.been.noted. And it basically needs to be loveable because there are no cheesy pringles to be found anywhere in this house to placate picky palates with! Thankfully, Marcus basically eats whatever I set in front of him. This was the kind of week where most of the food we’ve eaten has been reheated from the freezer, so I totally feel where you’re at with this situation. It has to get better soon. Right?

    • I hope so! I go on these waves where I love making dinner and have something new to serve more nights than not. And then weeks where I am so over making dinner and I don’t even think about it until it’s 5 p.m. and the best I can scrounge together are sandwiches 😉

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