Keeping Warm with a Yummy Recipe

Thursday, March 31, 2011 |

I thought by now we'd be feasting on some of my favorite spring like meals but instead we have a fire blazing, I'm still wearing every article of clothing I own in hopes of staying warm and yes ....


I guess it's safe to say that my disposition is in need of a little adjustment. Nothing a little sunshine, warm days and something besides wool and layers to chose from my closet each morning. Seriously, I am so tired of wearing winter clothing. My spring clothes in their bright colors are begging to come out and be seen!

You know it's getting bad when the weatherman starts giving you pep talks about looking on the bright side ... spring is already here, but the proof isn't far off. I'm getting therapy lessons from the man who can't even get the forecast right. Yes, it's getting that bad here in Chillyville Connecticut. 

On a cheery note {see, I'm trying :) } this is a fabulous soup that my friend shared with me last week. I am adding it to my recipe binder for future fall and winter menus. 

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Lasagna Soup

Soup ~
1tsp. olive oil
1.5 lbs spicy Italian sausage
2 cups chopped onions
6 cloves garlic
2 tsp oregano
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbs tomato paste
1 14 oz. fire roasted diced tomatoes {with juice}
1 28 oz. diced tomatoes {with juice}
3 bay leaves
6 c. chicken broth
8 oz medium size pasta

Cheese center ~

8oz light ricotta
1/2 c. parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp salt
dash of pepper

Shredded mozzarella for top

Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sausage and cook for 5 minutes. Add onions, garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes and cook until softened. Stir in the tomato paste. Incorporate the diced tomatoes and begin to simmer. Add the bay leaves. Bring to a boil for a few minutes and then turn down to simmer for 30 minutes. Raise the heat to medium and add the pasta. Watch to make sure it doesn't over cook.

While waiting for the pasta, blend the cheese mixture.

In the bottom of each bowl place a healthy dollop of the cheese mixture. Spoon the soup on top of the mixture and sprinkle the mozzarella on top. Let it sit for just a few minutes to allow the cheese in the bottom to become oozy. Oh yum!

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Kathy said...

Oh, Jo. I can't believe it is snowing AGAIN! You poor thing. And here I've been complaining about our weather! At least you have some warm soup to help, (It looks delicious!) although I'm sure you'd much prefer to be sharing your salad recipes and eating Al Fresco. I'll email you a soup recipe that I recently got from a friend that I've been enjoying ~ perhaps it'll help those chilly nights a little.

Hang in there...April starts tomorrow. Surely the snow won't last through April!

Thinking of you!

Pink Martini said...

Maybe I shouldn't tell you this but it was 85 today! I think maybe I should be making gazpacho but your soup sounds very yummy! Keep warm! :)

Dee Stephens said...

Yummy!! Yes, it's still not warm yet here..
It was 80 one weekend then now in the 30's. Boo

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

Oh, that sounds yummy!

Suburban Princess said...

It snowed here yesterday too - fortunately it's all gone now. I just about lost my mind!

JMW said...

That does look delicious! I'm with you - bring on spring. This winter has held on much too long.

Karena said...

Jo, Yum!! We had more snow early in the week ans now it is just COLD!!

Your recipe sounds so delish!

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carolinagirl said...

Boo to this weather! If it makes you feel any better, it was a horrid week in NC too! Snow flurries Tuesday on my drive in to work...seriously weird!

This soup looks so gooooooood!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Yum! That soup sounds delicious! Just found your pretty blog via Melissa's. Your layout is so beautiful. I'm your newest follower!
Have a great weekend.

Kat said...

Jo, that soup looks positively divine! I would love to dig into a big stemaing bowl of it!

Louanne said...

What a delicious take on lasagna! I wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comment. I'm your newest follower!

bevy said...

Today is the first semi warm day in over a week. I think I will plant some more flowers to TRY to get me in the mood.

Thank you for your sweet comments about Charles and my class. They all truly amaze me. Sometimes they drive me crazy with their chattiness... And then they pull this one on me! You are so right, this is one o fthe reasons we become teachers! xox

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Snowing??? Oh my goodness. It's been cooler here the past week than it was a couple of weeks ago but still NOTHING like winter weather. Stay warm...the soup sounds delicious!

Telia said...

I can not wait to try this! Wow, it looks and sound AMAZING!

No snow here, but def too-cool-for-me temps! 50 today? uh... I'm ready for 80!!!!

Telia, NewlyWedWifeLife

Lisa said...

YUMMY! AND I could not help but notice your Demarle Muffin Flexipan...aren't they THE BEST? Happy Friday to YOU!

Sundresses and Smiles said...

oooh my! these look DE-LIC-IOUS! i am going to have to try the recipe! i just found your blog and am a new follower! please check out mine!

annechovie said...

These look absolutely scrumptious, Jo! You have inspired me! Thanks for the sweet comment on my work - so happy you're enjoying your pieces! Have a great weekend. xx

Casey said...

Yum!! I might have to bake for a change! I love muffins.

BTW- Have you always had your Etsy store?? I'm off to take a look!! How fun!

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