Tastes Like Lasagna Soup

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

1 pound ground chuck

1 onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon thyme

1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar

1 (32-ounce) box chicken broth

2 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes

1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups broken lasagna noodles

1 (5-ounce) package grated Parmesan cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Garlic Crostini, recipe follows

Garlic Crostini:

1 thin French baguette

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 cloves smashed garlic

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a large Dutch oven, combine ground chuck, onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until beef is browned and crumbles. Drain well.
  2. Stir in thyme, brown sugar, broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Add noodles, and simmer until noodles are tender. Stir in Parmesan cheese.
  3. Preheat broiler. Ladle soup into 8 to 10 ovenproof bowls. Evenly sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Broil soups, 6-inches from heat, 3 to 4 minutes, until cheese is browned and bubbly. Add a garlic crostini slice on top. Serve immediately.

For the garlic crostini:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut bread into 1/4-inch round slices. Place on baking sheet and brush each slice with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper; place in oven and bake until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Rub each side with smashed garlic cloves.