Kale Lasagna Soup

Kale Lasagna Soup

Happy New Year! For New Year’s day and football watching, I made this comforting and fabulous Kale Lasagna Soup recipe. It has all of my favorite ingredients including kale, Italian sausage, tomatoes, basil and carrots. This soup is filling, a one dish meal, and so quick and easy. Feel free to use gluten-free noodles or no yolk ribbon noodles–they look like mini lasagna noodles. My family loved this recipe–we ate the entire thing in one day! This is perfect for a cold winter evening, Super Bowl or anytime during the year!

Easy Spinach Lasagna

While I am still digging out after my move late last week, I somehow have managed to get dinner on the table the past two nights. Last night, I made a roast since I think the kids and I were craving comfort food. Then yesterday I made an Easy Spinach Lasagna. I have to be honest. I have never used oven-ready lasagna noodles. Since I knew my schedule was tight, I thought that this is the best time to give them a try. The kids didn’t notice (and ate it all) so I am thinking that is a good sign. Feel free to add anything to this recipe such as other vegetables, beef, shrimp or even substitute fresh kale of the spinach. Here’s to a fabulous week ahead! Cheers!

Non Alcoholic Margarita and 5 other Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco De Mayo is around the corner, so it’s almost margarita time. I know, I know. Mine is Non Alcoholic. But…this Non Alcoholic version is perfect for kids and family fun! It also can help you save on the calories too. Enjoy for Cinco De Mayo or anytime during the spring and summer. My 3 kiddos loved it!! Here are 5 other Cinco De Mayos I have my eye on. Happy Wednesday!

Mexican Lasagna via I Heart Naptime

Margarita Cupcakes via Brown Eyed Baker

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce via Gimme Some Oven

Ancho Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Cream via Cooking Light

Raspberry White Cherry Yogurt Pops from Verses in My Kitchen

Great Fall Comfort Food: My Favorite Lasagna

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If you’re looking for a great Lasagna recipe, look no further. This one can’t be beat. I used egg whites and low-fat cottage cheese, trying to shed some fat. I also love to use whole wheat noodles. Enjoy for a large gathering, Sunday night dinner or just when you want to have leftovers during the week.

Great Skillet Shrimp Supper: Fire Roasted Shrimp with Feta

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I had some leftover shrimp, fresh chopped onions, zucchini and squash from the farmer’s markets over the weekend and decided to make a really easy, healthy main dish. I love cooking in the skillet and then finishing it off in the oven, and that works great with this dish which is like a shrimp vegetable lasagna without the noodles. It’s high in protein, low in carbs and delicious.

Hearty Comfort Food: Traditional Beef-Sausage Lasagna

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My brother-in-law, Eric, requested that I give him some hearty “manly” recipes on my blog. I promise Eric, as summer nears, I will offer up more grilled meats as I am one girl who can, and loves to grill. But, since we’ve had a cool snap down in Alabama this week, I thought a Beef-Sausage Lasagna would be appropriate and truly comforting. I decreased the fat as much as possible using egg whites, low-fat cottage cheese and lean ground beef. This recipe is hearty and very delicious. 

Love This Lasagna Soup

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If you love lasagna, you will love this soup. All of my favorite ingredients, spinach, sausage and tomatoes and cheese, fill this soup, and it is so quick and easy. Using the mini farfalle noodles works perfect in this recipe as they truly look like mini lasagna noodles. My family was wowed by the soup. Serve with a salad and some fresh crusty bread, and dinner is on the table in no time.

 

Lasagna Soup

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 cups

Ingredients

1 pound mild Italian sausage

1 cup diced onion

1 cup diced carrots

1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 cups low-salt, fat-free chicken broth

1 (141/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil and oregano

1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce

1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

1 cup mini farfalle pasta (piccolini) “Barilla” makes it

2 cups fresh spinach

2 cups freshly grated Asiago cheese

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Fresh basil, (optional)

Preparation

1. Brown sausage in a large Dutch over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and garlic; saute 3 minutes more.

2. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and Italian seasoning; bring to a boil. Add pasta and simmer until cooked, about 10 minutes, or according to package directions. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted. 

3. Place 1/4 cup Asiago cheese into each bowl; pour soup on top garnish with Parmesan cheese. Garnish with basil, if desired.

Fresh Simple and Luscious Lasagna

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Lasagna can seem like a pain to make, but really it’s so easy and really worth it. This recipe is special because it gets its great flavors from an array of vegetables, fresh parsley and sausage. It’s not too high in calories and fat as I used very few noodles, part-skim ricotta cheese and just a small amount of shredded cheese for such a large dish. If you don’t prefer sausage, use lean ground beef or ground turkey. You can make this recipe ahead. It’s perfect for company or for weeknight with leftovers for the next day.

 

Sausage-Vegetable Lasagna

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

1 cup diced onion

1 cup diced carrots

1 cup diced celery

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 pound mild or sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms

11/2 cups marinara sauce

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green pepper and onions

1 (15-ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese

3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

6 lasagna noodles, cooked

11/2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend

Preparation

1. Saute first 5 ingredients in a large saute pan or Dutch oven in hot oil  over medium heat 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender; add mushrooms and continue to cook until sausage is browned. Add sauce and tomatoes; simmer 10 minutes.

2. In a separate bowl, combine ricotta cheese and parsley, stirring well.

3. Layer lasagna noodles, sausage mixture and ricotta mixture in a 13- x 9-inch lightly greased baking dish; repeat with remaining layers ending with sauce. Top with shredded cheese. 

4. Bake at 375F, covered 25 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 to 15 minutes more. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.