All of the flavors and ingredients of traditional lasagna come together [in your slow cooker] with this heartwarming lasagna soup.
I’ve been on a lasagna kick lately. From lasagna roll-ups to this lasagna soup, Ted has said on more than one occasion, “lasagna again?!” But here’s the deal: lasagna gets a bad rap. It’s traditionally known or eaten as a heavy dish filled with layers of noodles and lots of cheese. Who wouldn’t love that?! The reality is IF you eat lasagna like that everyday, then yes, you waistline might regret it. However if you find ways to lighten up lasagna like I have, then I say enjoy it all you want.
Slow cooker lasagna soup is really a meal of compromise. And if you are feeding small children you understand how mealtime is all about compromises. The boys of course love noodles, cheese, and sauce. Mom loves the added veggies, protein, and the ease of using the slow cooker to get dinner on the table with ease and without frustration [or meltdowns]. So give this lasagna soup a whirl— and don’t forget to top it with extra cheese. Your kids will thank me!
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- ½ medium sized onion, diced
- ½ green bell pepper, diced
- 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 10 uncooked lasagna noodles
- ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Optional Toppings: fresh basil, ricotta cheese
- Brown the ground beef in a skillet.
- Add beef, seasonings, garlic, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes and broth to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
- Break lasagna noodles into small pieces and add to slow cooker along with Parmesan cheese. Cover and cook for another 30-40 minutes.
- Serve with more cheese and fresh basil!
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