Rachael Ray's Lasagna Soup

Much quicker and lighter than regular lasagna, this soup is a tasty supper for any chilly night.
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three bowls of lasagna soup

Recipe by Rachael Ray

  • Serves 4 as an entrée, or 8 as a side dish or starterServings

Ingredients

  • Salt

  • 8 oz. lasagna noodles with curly edges, broken into pieces

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • 12 oz. ground beef (80% lean)

  • 12 oz. sweet Italian sausages with fennel, casings removed, or bulk sausage

  • Pepper

  • 1 tsp. (about 1/3 palmful) dried oregano, lightly crushed

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 qt. chicken stock

  • 1 can (28 oz.) whole San Marzano tomatoes

  • 2 cups passata (uncooked tomato puree) or tomato puree

  • A few leaves of fresh basil, torn

  • 1 cup fresh ricotta

  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup heavy cream, crème fraîche, or mascarpone cheese

  • Finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for serving

Preparation

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and add the noodles. Cook until a few minutes shy of the package directions. Drain and rinse.

2. In a soup pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil, two turns of the pan, over medium-high. Add the beef and sausage. Cook, occasionally stirring and breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the oregano. Add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the stock and whole tomatoes. Use a spoon to smash the tomatoes. Add the passata and basil. Cook until the flavors meld, about 15 minutes. Add the noodles to the soup. Cook until al dente, 3 to 4 minutes.

3. In a medium bowl, mix the ricotta, Parm, and cream. Season with salt.

4. Serve the soup in bowls. Top each serving with a fat dollop of the cheese mixture. Garnish with parsley.