Welcome to “Soupy Tuesday!” Today is a special day for me as well as being Soupy Tuesday…. can you guess why? I’m celebrating “5” years of blogging. It’s my Blogiversary! I am amazed and blessed everyday at the amount of my readers that have visited. I have 161 countries and over 90,000 people who come back to visit and read my story as well as my recipes each week. Wow, that is impressive! My heart overflows with thanks for reading, subscribing, commenting, and liking what I write.
“5” continues! There is so much more to be accomplished! So let’s celebrate!
“5” years going strong, and looking forward to doing better as a blogger within 2016. Along the way I have met amazing bloggers, friends, and an incredible online community from all parts of the world. I have also been introduced to many new cuisines. I hope that my recipes and stories have inspired you to create your own memories.
It is time to move forward, and I promise I will be giving my best whenever possible. If you would like to see something different or have an idea, please comment below and let me know what I can do to make your stay more enjoyable.
As we had our dinner we would talk about the days events, and God forbid that the phone would ring and it was one of our friends, that was a no-no. Dinner time was for family and nothing could come between that. Now dinner was always a hearty and comforting meal, especially on cold days. Winter time meant meat loaf, stews, and hearty soups, were on the menu for those days. Soups were so good back then and good for you. My mom would always use fresh ingredients and the best meats as possible. So you can see that food and the kitchen were pure comfort to us when we were growing up and it was those times that meant something so special to all of us.
National Soup Month.” It is like a warm blanket comforting you as you sip the soup from a cup or scoop it up with a spoon. With the winter weather upon us, January is the perfect month to celebrate and enjoy soup of all kinds. This soup that I am sharing with you today is one that really proves you can eat your Lasagna even in a soup. So get your fork or better a spoon you want to get every drop and let’s “mangia tutto!”---(eat together)
All the traditional flavors of lasagna come together in this heartwarming meal in a bowl.
Yield: 8 servings (2-3/4 quarts)
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14-1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, un-drained
2 cans (14-1/2 oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
2-1/2 cups uncooked cut up lasagna pasta
1/2 cup Grated Pecorino Romano cheese
*****Optional: 8 oz of Ricotta Cheese. You can take 1 oz of cheese and dollop a spoonful on top of the soup. I just makes it creamier and also tastes more like Lasagna. Also instead of Pecorino Romano you can use Mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top and even place in bowl in broiler to get it melted….yummy!
Place olive oil in pot; heat in a large saucepan, cook beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Breaking up beef into crumbles. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in tomatoes, broth, tomato sauce, peas, tomato paste, Italian seasoning plus season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Stir in cut up lasagna. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10-12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and cheese at the end before serving.
Till Next Time……………………………….....................
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