When I saw this soup, I knew it would be amazing. It's essentially a simple, healthier alternative to a comforting family favorite. All the flavor of lasagna but with a mere 270 calories in a (1.5 cup) serving plus not having to assemble it into layers or bake for an hour? Yes, yes, YES! The whole family will be happy :). What makes this soup outstanding and true to the lasagna flavor is the cheesy mixture of low-fat ricotta and mozzarella. It melts into the hot soup creating a perfect lasagna flavor and texture.
What's your favorite soup? I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!
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For the Soup
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 12 oz turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 (28 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 8 oz broken up lasagna noodles or fusilli pasta
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
- black pepper, to taste
For the Cheesy Mixture
- 8 oz low fat ricotta cheese
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Pinch of freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup (2 oz) 2% mozzarella cheese
- Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add sausage, breaking up into bite-size pieces and brown for 5-6 minutes. Add onions and cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes. Add garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute.
- Add tomato paste and stir well to incorporate. Add diced tomatoes, bay leaves and chicken stock. Stir to combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add uncooked pasta and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the cheesy mixture. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, salt, pepper, and mozzarella; stir to combine.
- Add the basil and pepper to the soup; stir. To serve, place a dollop of the cheesy mixture in each soup bowl and ladle the hot soup over the cheese.
Yield: 8 servings (about 1 1/2 cups each with 2 heaping tablespoons cheesy goodness)
Nutrition Information as calculated by PreventionRD (per serving): 270 calories; 7.8 g. fat; 38 mg. cholesterol; 465 mg. sodium; 31.9 g. carbohydrate; 3.4 g. fiber; 16.9 g. protein