Saturday, March 3, 2012

{Light} Lasagna Soup

I'm serious when I say that this soup really tastes like lasagna. I had my doubts about whether or not it would follow through on it's claim, but taste like traditional lasagna it does AND the amazing part is it tastes like the classic Italian comfort food while weighing in at only approx. 225 calories a serving!! I converted this recipe from the Deen Bros. to a slow-cooker version, which was much more convenient for me and worked out perfectly.

If you are craving the combined flavors of noodles, cheese, tomatoes and hearty Italian sausage, but feel guilty about piling on the calories, this soup will be a perfect remedy for your comfort-food fix!

Lighter "Tastes Like Lasagna" Soup
adapted from the Deen Bros. recipe via Pinterest
serves 4-6

2 tsp olive oil
1 lb. Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (32 oz.) container of chicken broth
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
4 oz. broken lasagna noodles (about 4 noodles)
1 tsp dried basil
3 TB grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat the oil over med-high heat in a large skillet. Add the sausage, onions and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is crumbled and browned.
In slow cooker, combine broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salt, red pepper and basil. Stir in sausage mixture. Cook on low about 6 hours.
When ready to serve, cook noodles "al dente" according to package directions. Stir into soup. Stir in Parmesan and mozzarella. Top with sour cream if desired.

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