Monday, October 22, 2012

A Cure for Your October Snow-Ridden Blues

Today it snowed.  I know I shouldn't be shocked, because snow has fallen in Bend much earlier than the end of October, but there's no doubt, change is in the air (stay tuned to find out exactly how much change...).
Our house this morning

As far as I know, there are only a few ways to beat the cold in October.
  • With a lit fireplace and warm blanket
  • Hot tub and glass of red wine
  • Sleeping off the cold morning (but like, who has the luxury to do that?)
  • A pot of hot soup on the stove
Since not everyone has a fireplace, hot tub, or enough time for a lazy morning, my only solution for you is...a pot of hot soup.  And I've found a great one to introduce to your recipe box for Fall.

Lasagna Soup

Effort Meter (1 to 5): 2
Delicious Meter (1 to 5): 3.5
Serving Suggestion: Make ahead of time, and top with fresh cheesy topping and serve with toasted garlic bread or Parmesan bread sticks.
Weight Watcher Points -I don't know because WW has changed their way of points calculating AGAIN so now I have to recalculate all my recipes.  But my guess is it's not too bad if you go easy on the cheesy topping and noodles.  Bonus points to anyone who solves this mystery for me!

2 TSP olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
2 C chopped onions (red or white)
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 TSP dried oregano
1/2 TSP crushed red pepper flakes
1 can tomato paste
1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
6 C chicken stock
6 Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles, broken into 2" pieces
1/2 C finely chopped fresh basil leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

8 oz. ricotta
1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 C Mozzarella
1/4 TSP salt
Pinch of freshly ground pepper

Heat olive oil over med-high heat.  Add turkey and cook until slightly brown.  Add onions, garlic, oregano, and red pepper and cook until onions often.  Add all remaining ingredients except noodles and bring to a boil.  Add lasagna noodles and cook until softened.  Simmer until ready to serve (make sure noodles are thoroughly cooked).  Top with cheesy topping before serving.

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