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I’ve made this lasagna soup twice now, and it still doesn’t look all that pretty. But the recipe is so easy and tastes so great, I decided to share it with you anyway. Besides, I keep changing things so much, if I don’t post something, it won’t resemble a “recipe” at all anymore! 🙂
I pinned a recipe from Family Fresh Meals, and the first time I made it, I followed it pretty closely. But I made the mistake of stirring in the cheese at the end instead of just sprinkling it on top, and it turned my soup pinkish in color and got a bit grainy. Rookie mistake. So I didn’t photograph that meal. It seemed like it still needed a little “kick” so I bought the ingredients to make it again this week and made a few adjustments to suit our tastes. I was laughing to myself because what I ended up with barely resembles the recipe I was working from, but that’s what cooking is all about, isn’t it? Making something your own can be very rewarding. And delicious!
Lasagna Soup in the Crockpot
- 1 lb ground beef or turkey , uncooked (I used ground turkey both times to keep it from getting too fatty.)
- 3 cups beef broth
- 2 cloves garlic , diced
- 1 packet Italian dressing mix
- 1/2 cup onion , diced
- 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
- 1 can V8 vegetable juice (12 oz)
- 2 cups uncooked pasta
- 1 cup water (if you like it more like a soup-I left this out)
- salt and pepper to taste
- shredded Italian cheese for topping
- In the slow cooker, mix together the diced tomatoes and tomato paste
- Add broth, beef or turkey, garlic, seasoning, onion, V8 and salt and pepper
- Cook on low for 4-5 hours (you can simmer longer-it will just increase the intensity of the flavors)
- 30 minutes before you are ready to serve, add the uncooked pasta and water if you like. I just tossed in the pasta and let it cook in the juices already in there. We don't really like "soupy" soup. 🙂
- Sprinkle cheese on top before serving. Yum!
I didn’t add this into the actual “recipe” but I did put a can of spinach into the soup and it was a surprising success! My husband mentioned that he would have preferred fresh spinach, and it did get much stronger in flavor the second day, but I was just happy that the kids didn’t say anything about the green stuff in their soup! Yes, we should encourage our kids to eat healthy foods, but trust me, there’s NO WAY my boys would have eaten canned spinach any other way. 🙂 Do you sneak veggies into your kids’ meals sometimes?
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Joy @ The Joyful Foodie says
I use my slow cooker at least once a week, but I have never tried cooking pasta in it! Definitely want to try this. How was the final texture of the pasta? Not mushy?
Nicole Burkholder says
Just make sure you don’t add it until the last 20-30 minutes and you’ll be fine! My photo is actually from the second day so the pasta had soaked up all the “juice” leftover in the soup and was a bit larger than it had been the night before. It was still awesome, though. I ate leftovers for three days 🙂
I love using my crockpot in the Fall and Winter, and lasagna soup sounds like the perfect recipe to try out soon.
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
Anything that saves me time I am all for. Since everyone loves lasagna here, I think this one is a safe bet! Pinned!