National Soup Month: Crockpot Lasagna Soup

 

Warm up this winter and celebrate National Soup Month with our healthier version of lasagna.  This soup recipe will still satisfy your pasta cravings and leave you feeling full without over-indulging in carbs or heavy amounts of cheese. Bonus: your slow cooker will do all of the work for you so you can have a hassle-free meal ready for the family. Check out the recipe:

Crockpot Lasagna Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground sirloin or ground turkey
  • 3 cups of beef, chicken or vegetarian broth
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. of dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp. dried basil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup of chopped zucchini
  • 1 (28 oz) can of diced tomatoes (may use fresh tomatoes too)
  • 1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of V8 or other vegetable drink
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups uncooked pasta noodles (I recommend shells or cavatappi noodles)
  • 1 cup of water
  • Optional topping, shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. Mix together can of tomatoes and tomato paste in the crockpot.
  2. Add broth, beef, garlic, parsley, basil, onion, zucchini, V8, salt and pepper. Note: beef can go into the crockpot without pre-cooking.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high or 4-5 hours.
  4. When 30 minutes are left of cooking time, add 1 cup of water and pasta. Stir to combine. Put lid back on and continue cooking for remaining 30 minutes.
  5. Serve hot. Enjoy!

 

Grace Derocha

Grace is a wife and a mommy of two amazing children, Kahlea and Tommy. She is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and a featured blogger at A Healthier Michigan. She is a lover of food, Detroit sports, dance, music and everything Justin Timberlake. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. (Go Green!) Grace has also earned a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. Mrs. Derocha has a number of certifications to help her educate people regarding how to live a healthier lifestyle, including a weight loss management certification and experience as a group fitness instructor. Grace is very passionate about helping the world become a healthier and happier place.

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