There’s more than a chill in the air and the sky is an unappealing shade of gray…it’s typical winter here in New England. And our dull, dank, overcast weather inspired me to make a big pot of soup for my family to warm and comfort them.
I picked up a container of Swanson’s Beef Broth on a recent shopping trip. I usually lean towards making chicken soups, so I thought this would be something different to serve the family. I was pleased to see that the broth had no artificial flavors or preservatives, and no added MSG. I also liked the recipe for Hearty Lasagna Soup on the back of the container.
I had almost all of the other ingredients on hand – garlic, onions, parsley flakes, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese and a just defrosted pound of 93% lean ground beef. I also had a bag of frozen mixed vegetables that I thought would be a nice addition to the soup. They would need about five minutes in the microwave before I added them to the pot.
Finding the mini lasagna-shaped noodle pasta (mafalda) or long mafalda to break into pieces would be a problem. I decided the elbows in my cupboard would fill the pasta bill nicely.
I also liked that I didn’t need to pre-cook the pasta, so this soup would only require the use of one pot, my six-quart saucepan. That’s a bonus for clean up!
As you can see from my photo, the end result wasn’t soup. Seems all of the 32 ounces of beef broth was absorbed into the pasta and vegetables. We were left with an enjoyable pasta and beef entrée, which I will make again.
I remain vigilant and on the lookout for mafalda. Though I’ve never seen it for sale in a grocery store or market, a specialty pasta shop may carry it.
When I want to make and serve the recipe’s namesake, Hearty Lasagna Soup, I’ll ensure the outcome by using two 32-ounce containers of beef broth.
What are your favorite recipes to make when the weather turns dull and chilly?
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