Welcome to edition No.2 of Slow Cooker Saturday.
Thank you to everyone for making the first Slow Cooker Saturday's recipe Teriyaki Chicken such a success.
I got a lot of good feedback and a few good recipe ideas. If you have any tried and true slow cooker recipes too, I would love to give them a try. My crock pot and I are becoming fast friends. Who knew?
I left her (yes I decided my slow cooker is a she) out of the kitchen cool group (you know...my Kitchenaid, my frying pan, my Dutch oven...) for so long. I can't believe I missed out on how awesome she is.
She is totally one of the cool kids.
This week she brought her a-game and helped me make this soup.
It is absolutely no secret that I love soup. My love of a delightfully warm bowl of goodness comes to no surprise considering how much I loathe being cold. When chilly Fall and even chillier Winter comes, soup is one of my favorite things to put on the menu.
Again, I have said this before. Broken record much?
How much do I love soup?
I love it like a love song baby. I love it like a love song baby. I love it like a love song baby...
And I keep hitting ruh-peet-peet-peet-peet-peet...
I think I just gave away that I like to listen to Selena Gomez songs...
Anywho, this soup was awesome.
How awesome you ask?
Well, let's just say I had this soup done early enough to have good light to photograph it (yes I am crazy, but that is a given), about an hour before the actual time to serve dinner.
I may or may not have eaten the bowl of soup immediately after my photo shoot was done.
I may or may not have had melted mozzarella cheese hanging from my chin.
I may or may not have happily pretended that I had not already had a giant bowl and proceeded to eat another...ehem...I mean my very first...bowl of soup of the day.
The soup was so yummy with the perfect combination of meat, pasta, and tomatoes. The cheese was pretty impressive too. We paired it with a loaf of Dutch Oven Artisan Bread.
No really...yuuummmm...sorry I got carried away.
My Little Men inhaled this soup. Even Little who tends to be a wee pit picky.
It was even music to my ears when I overheard the boys fighting the next day over who got the leftovers for lunch.
My heart was oh-so-happy.
If it is as chilly where you live as it is where I live, I think you owe it to your chilly toes to make this soup.
If it isn't as chilly...you lucky dog...
However, I still think you owe it to your not-as-chilly-toes to make this soup.
Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup
adapted from Family Fresh Meals
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cups beef broth
2 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
1 Tablespoon dried basil
1-28 oz can diced tomatoes
1-6 oz can of tomato paste
1 1/2 cups V8
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
2 1/2 cups small pasta (I like any of Barilla's Piccolini pasta), uncooked
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese.
Shredded mozzarella-for topping
First saute the ground beef and the onion together until the hamburger is browned. Drain off the fat. Set aside.
In the dish of your slow cooker, mix the diced tomatoes and the tomato paste until well combined.
Next add in the cooked hamburger mixture, the broth, garlic, parsley, basil, V8 and the salt and pepper. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
Add in the cup of water, the pasta, and the parmesan cheese. Stir. Then cover and cook on low for another 30 minutes, or until the pasta is done.
When ready to serve, generously top with mozzarella cheese.