Slow-Cooked Lasagna Soup
Every fall and winter, our staff has a soup rotation. I have modified this recipe so I can prep it the night before and put it in the slow cooker in the morning. My colleagues love it! —Sharon Gerst, North Liberty, Iowa
Total TimePrep: 35 min. Cook: 5 hours + standing
Makes8 servings (2-1/2 quarts)
- 1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each ) no-salt-added stewed tomatoes
- 2 cans (8 ounces each ) no-salt-added tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 6 lasagna noodles, broken into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach
- 1 cup cubed or shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- Shredded Parmesan cheese and minced fresh basil, optional
- In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, breaking into crumbles, until no longer pink, 8-10 minutes; drain. Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker.
- Add onion and carrots to same skillet; cook and stir until softened, 2-4 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and garlic; cook and stir until mushrooms are softened, 2-4 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker. Stir in broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce and Italian seasoning. Cook, covered, on low until vegetables are tender, 4-6 hours.
- Add noodles; cook until tender, 1 hour longer. Stir in spinach. Remove insert; let stand 10 minutes. Divide mozzarella cheese among serving bowls; ladle soup over cheese. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and basil.