Saturday, April 4, 2009

Lasagna Soup

I made this a chop, drop, and boil sort of recipe as I had a starving husband to feed. It was very good, nice thick tomato broth, tender pasta, savory chicken and topped off with creamy ricotta.

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  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 feta spinach chicken sausages, cubed
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 
  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 ounces fusilli pasta
  • 4 ounces ricotta
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil

1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, s&p, oregano, and red pepper flakes and sauté for 1 minute. Add the fully cooked chicken sausage. Add the tomatoes, the water, and the bay leaf and bring the soup to a boil.

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2. Add the pasta, bring soup back to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer.  Boil the soup until the pasta is tender to the bite, following the time recommendations on the pasta package (about 10 minutes). Discard the bay leaf.

3. Divide into individual soup bowls and top with a dollop of ricotta, mozzarella, and basil.

Recipe adapted from Family Fun Magazine

Durham Farmer’s Market Update

I was able to secure myself a Dolly Mama milk chocolate hazelnut bunny for $8. Oh, how I savor their chocolates! I haven’t unwrapped it yet but here it is in its perfect packaging. I love that the farmers market is only 10 minutes from our house and even better starting in May I can WALK across the street to it from work on Wednesday afternoons!!! I can’t even describe how happy I will be!

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Yard Update

Andy was at it again this morning with his yard work. He power sprayed the house and back patio, AND put up our gazebo covering!

Dinner Plans

He’s exhausted and just before declaring he’s headed downstairs for a nap he said he’d love to have a pizza and bread stick night while watching the two final four games. We’re routing for the Michigan Spartans and North Carolina Tarheels. Yes, the typical non-sports fans have watched countless March Madness games this year.

We’ve got several frozen pizzas (he’s eyeballing the one with cheese stuffed crust) and I’m making  Garlic Bread Knots and Cranberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crisp to go along with it.

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Nicole (Sweetie Pie) said...

Chop, drop and boil... that can't be beat! Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

The lasagna soup looks delicious! I can't wait till our Farmer's Market opens up!

Leah said...

Great lookin' soup!
Fab finds at the farmers market too.

Sounds like Andy is getting some great work done outside. Love the spring time weather I bet!!

KLM said...

mmmm.. that chocolate bunny sounds GOOD!.. I need to go to the real market soon!!