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Monday, October 12, 2009

In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.....

What a crazy Italian he was!

Speaking of Italian......
Let's start the week off with a recipe that's screams ITALIAN!
It's the perfect comfort food for us bandsters (and everyone else too) who have had to give up traditional lasagna (and pasta in general!)......

Lasagna Soup
8 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound bulk hot Italian turkey sausage (or 1 pound sausages, casings removed)
2 cups diced onions
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups diced zucchini
1/2 cup of basil leaves juliened
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
One 15-ounce can tomato sauce
Two 14-ounce cans low sodium chicken broth
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
2 cups ricotta cheese
julienned basil for garnish
good quality romano cheese for dusting

In a saucepan or stockpot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausage, onion, and garlic. Cook, breaking up with spoon, until sausage is browned and onions are softened. Add zucchini, basil, oregano, pepper flakes, salt, black pepper, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Add spinach and cook about 7 minutes more.

Meanwhile in a small bowl stir the fresh, chopped basil into the ricotta cheese. When soup is finished, ladle into shallow bowls. Carefully add 1/4 cup of the ricotta to the bowl. Garnish with basil and dust with cheese!

Bon Apetito!
Happy Columbus Day!


Brooke said...

OMG, that sounds soooo good. I'd have to fit with DH to eat it because he'd be all over that!

Kathy said...

Thanks for this recipe. I think it looks wonderful. I love soups especially when the weather is cold or rainy. And you are right, I eat lots of soup since I was banded. It is easy to get down on really tight days. I have copied and pasted it to my recipe file.

Anonymous said...

This sounds amazing, I can smell it cooking!!!Thanks for the recipe.

Eileen, Founder, Organizer, Mayor and Chief Cook And Bottle Washer of the Anger Management Girls. said...

My parents old phone number used to be 682-1494. (or as my mother used to say Museum2-1494)
To make people remember I used to just tell them 2 years after Columbus discovered America.
Was in Bloomfield after parade on Saturday.
Sort of like after St. Patrick's day parade---NOT!