Lasagna Soup

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Lasagna Soup |

The other night, we had a dorm event centered around soup. That is my kind of event! I love soup passionately, and have shared many soups here across the years.

I started to ask my husband which soup he wanted me to bring, then amended my statement to, “Do you want me to make lasagna soup?”

He shook his head vigorously. This is probably his favorite soup that I make, and it’s a great crowd-pleaser for events. It’s hearty and satisfying and really much easier to make than a lasagna. With just a touch of cheese, you get the same lasagna feeling, too, without being weighed down with tons of carbs and dairy products.

Make some soup to survive these last weeks of winter. You won’t be sad to have a bowl of this on your table. And if you need more carbs, it’s a great dipping vessel for crusty bread.

Lasagna Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 5-6 servings

Lasagna Soup

Slightly adapted from Bobby Deen's recipe.


  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, casings removed (pork or turkey works)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 4 c. chicken broth or stock
  • 15 oz. tomato sauce
  • 14.5 oz. petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 T dried basil
  • 4 lasagna noodles, broken into small pieces (whole wheat or regular noodles)
  • 3 T grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese, plus more for serving


In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sausage, onion, green pepper, and garlic. Cook, breaking up the meat, until the sausage is cooked through and the onion is soft.

Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, tomatoes, salt, red pepper flakes, and basil to the pot; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 20 minutes.

Bring back to a boil and drop in noodle pieces. Cook until they are soft, about 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat and stir in cheeses.

Serve sprinkle with extra mozzarella cheese.


Chunky Pizza Soup {Secret Recipe Club}

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Chunky Pizza Soup with Cheese Toast

You can never have enough soup recipes during the winter? Am I right? I could eat soup basically for every meal and be happy as a clam.

My assignment for this month’s Secret Recipe Club was Searching for Spice. Corina lives in Surrey, England, and has two little ones. Her recipes are for busy moms, loaded with hearty spices, and delicious. Many of her recipes are ethnic, especially falling into the Indian and Thai food categories. They look delightful, and I’m eager to try one on my husband, like Chicken Biryani with Spinach Raita. (OK, he won’t eat that raita, but I definitely will!)

I’m always a little daunted by recipes that are in metric and have unfamiliar ingredients, but my husband reminded me that Google is my friend and I can do it! Thankfully Corina’s recipe for Pizza Soup looked awesome and had few conversions for me to do.

This soup has big pieces of bell pepper, onion, salami, and mushrooms, making it hearty enough for a meal on its own, which sometimes soup is not. A slice of cheese toast on the top helps balance the acidity of the tomatoes and adds and extra flavor layer. I made just a few modifications. Corin may be ashamed of me, but I can’t handle spicy foods, so I subbed in salami for chorizo and reduced the red pepper flakes a little. If you like spice, by all means, throw in as many as you want. And maybe some jalapeños, too!

Chunky Pizza Soup

Yield: 4 servings

Chunky Pizza Soup

Adapted from Searching for Spice.


  • 1 T olive oil
  • about 7 oz. salami, pepperoni, or chorizo, cubed
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 28 oz. canned crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • black pepper, to taste
  • for cheese toast
  • 4 slices of bread
  • shredded mozzarella or sharp cheddar cheese
  • Italian seasoning


In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add salami and cook a few minutes, stirring, until it begins to crisp. Add bell pepper, mushrooms, garlic, and onion and reduce heat to medium. Sauté until onions are soft and translucent.

Add balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes to the pot, and stir well. Fill the tomato can about two-thirds with water and add it to the soup, stirring. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese and some black pepper.

Top bread slices with shredded cheese and a pinch of Italian seasoning and broil until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. Ladle soup into bowls, then top with cheese toast. (You can substitute toasted garlic bread as well.)

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Honey Parmesan Pork Roast in the Crockpot

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It’s week 3 of the “Good and Good for You” pork challenge here at Vanderbilt Wife. I have been so thrilled by this challenge: we’ve found some great new recipes, had friends over each Thursday night, and may have established a new weekly tradition!

I all but command you to make one of these fiesty dishes for your honey for Valentine’s on Tuesday night. Neither takes a ton of time, but these two pork dishes are so tasty.


These Indian kebabs I made from are fragrant and the spice rub is simple to make yet delightfully complex. You blend garlic, salt, herbs, lemon juice, olive oil, and water in a food processor (I used a mini chopper) and let the pork cubes marinate in the mixture for a few hours. Then thread the pork, sweet bell peppers, and sweet onions on skewers and grill for a short while. Delicious.

I served the skewers over couscous and with a Pineapple Raita. Raita is a traditional Indian yogurt dipping sauce. Mine is not super-traditional, I imagine, but I went with what I had and it turned out wonderfully. I’ll be sharing that recipe later this week.


The cut of meat that is on sale this week at Publix is bone-in sirloin roast. I have to say that for the skewers, that’s probably not the best choice. Get a boneless roast or a tenderloin; much easier to cut up!

But since I had a roast, and I love pork roast, I felt like I needed to make, well, a ROAST! But of course, I wanted something special. I had seen Honey Parmesan Roast on Pinterest and it looked like it had that “je ne sais quois” factor.

A few of my taste-testers went gaga over the amazing “gravy” that’s on this roast. You might want to just drink it instead of bothering with the meat. And you know what? Go for it.

Our Honey Parmesan Roast was served alongside mashed potatoes and asparagus with bacon and goat cheese. (Thanks, Leslie!)


Honey Parmesan Pork Roast in the Crockpot

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Honey Parmesan Pork Roast in the Crockpot

Adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff and It’s a Keeper.

Thickening the gravy is optional, but you'll probably want the extra sauce to pour on some mashed potatoes or rice.


  • 3-4 lbs. bone-in sirloin pork roast
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 2/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese (preferably real!)
  • 3 T soy sauce (LaChoy is gluten-free)
  • 2 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 1/4 c. cold water


Place roast in slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix together honey, cheese, soy sauce, basil, garlic, olive oil, and salt. Pour sauce over roast.

Cook on low for 7-9 hours, until the roast is falling off the bone. Use tongs to remove pork to a serving dish.

Carefully pour the sauce into a saucepan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk together cold water and cornstarch and pour into sauce. Bring to a boil and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the sauce has thickened to gravy consistency. Pour over roast and serve. Serve any extra gravy on the side. (Great over mashed potatoes!)

[GIVEAWAY OVER] So, hey! At the end of this four-week series, I am giving away a great package including coupons for $40 of fresh pork, a meat thermometer, a reusable bag, a pedometer, and a nice reusable water bottle. To enter, comment on any post in the series. You can comment once on each one, and then you’ll have four entries! I will choose a winner after the fourth post goes live around February 17.

Just leave a comment answering this question: which roast recipe from the Pork Be Inspired site looks good to you? I think I’d like to try Italian Porketta and Sassy Salsa Pork Loin.

Thank you to the Pork Board and theMotherhood for sponsoring this series of posts. I received coupons, a gift card, and a stipend for my time and groceries, but all opinions are my own.

Added to Ingredient Spotlight at Eat at Home.

Farmer’s Market Soup: A Take on Ribollita

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I always thought ribollita had to be made with stale bread. Wikipedia tells me that is not so. It’s simply a “next-day” kind of soup, made with leftovers. That makes sense, as this recipe I was given is pretty much vegetable odds and ends. It was sent to me as “ribollita,” but I’m dubbing it Farmer’s Market Soup. Just to be different.

This is a delicious and simple soup, chock full of vegetables. Right now is the perfect time for finding zucchini and carrots at the farmer’s market; you might also be able to search out some ripe tomatoes to puree slightly to replace the crushed tomatoes from a can.

Farmer’s Market Soup


  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 celery stalks, finely sliced (I always add some of the inner celery leaves for flavor)
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and chopped (this post from Orangette has a good tutorial for cutting fennel)
  • 2 large zucchini, cut into thin half-moon slices
  • 14 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 10 basil leaves, chiffonaded
  • 4 c. vegetable stock
  • 14 oz can cannellini or Great White Northern beans
  • salt and pepper
  • grated Parmesan cheese and Texas toast — optional


Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, garlic, celery, and fennel. Saute slowly for 10 minutes. Add zucchini and saute an additional two minutes.

Add tomatoes, basil, stock, beans and bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, simmer 25-30 min. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with Texas toast and Parmesan cheese sprinkled lightly over the top of the bowls.

The rest of the family may not have even tried it–but I enjoyed two big bowlfuls while the two sickies in our house slept.

Added to Mouthwatering Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Ingredient Spotlight: Zucchini and Yellow Squash, and What’s on Your Plate?


Summer Bowtie Pasta Salad

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This is one of our very favorite summertime recipes. It is another of my mother-in-law’s recipes. She is a wonderful cook. I always make this with the tomatoes and just pick mine out—it’s easy because they are big. And Mr. V eats mine for me.


Summer Bow-Tie Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes


  • 3 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 c. vegetable broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. hot pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/3 c. fresh basil leaves, slivered (I am not a huge fresh herb person so I go towards the lower end)
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 lb. bow tie pasta (farfalle, if you are getting fancy)
  • 6 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed


Halve tomatoes over a bowl to keep the juices. Add all ingredients other than the pasta and cheese and whisk together well. Let sit at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Cook pasta according to directions. Drain pasta and mix it in. Add cheese hunks. Cover for 2-3 minutes to let cheese melt slightly. Then stir together again and serve.

MMMM! It is warm—although you can serve it cold and it’s just as good—but not heavy. It also makes a ton and will feed a big family or a little family like ours for a few days.

For more summer recipes, check out this post at Big Mama’s blog.

Added to the Ingredient Spotlight: Pasta and Basil and Ingredient Spotlight: Garlic.