With winter weather quickly approaching us here in the Inland Northwest, soups are going to be a regular on our menu. Not only is it a winter staple, it is also a necessity. The last couple of years we have had intense wind storms that leave us without power for up to a week at a time. We are prepared with a generator and wood stove but having soups ready to go in the freezer has been a huge blessing in the past! All I have to do is pull it out of the freezer and heat it up on the wood stove… easy, home cooked meal ready to go in minutes, even in a power outage!
This soup is beyond delicious! It is sure to please your family or even dinner guests. (And my daughter and I had a lot of fun making it together!) Let me know what you think once you’ve tried it! Also, what are some of your favorite winter comfort foods?
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb Italian sausage
5 cloves fresh garlic
5 leaves fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 24oz traditional spaghetti sauce
8 cups chicken broth
1 14oz can crushed tomatoes
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 Teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 Teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
10 uncooked lasagna noodles, broken into small pieces
3/4 cup heavy cream divided
4 Tablespoons ricotta cheese
In a pan brown ground beef, Italian sausage, onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Drain any excess grease then move to a large pot.Add spaghetti sauce, 6 cups chicken broth, 1/2 cup heavy cream, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, sugar, Italian seasoning, basil, 4 Tablespoons ricotta cheese, and broken lasagna noodles.Add in 1/4 cup heavy cream and 2 cups chicken broth. Cook another 5 minutes Served garnished with ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and basil. (I also added garlic cheese bread on the side!) Enjoy and have a blessed day!!!