Lasagna Soup with Gluten-Free Option

By contributing writer Tessa

This lasagna soup is filled with delicious lasagna flavors but doesn’t require all the assembly time that the casserole does. And it can easily be made gluten free.

This lasagna soup is filled with delicious lasagna flavors but doesn't require all the assembly time that the casserole does. It can easily be made gluten free.

My mom’s lasagna was always a huge hit growing up. Years ago I saw a picture for a lasagna soup and thought it was totally brilliant. What a creative idea! When I recreated it using my mom’s recipe as a base, I was not disappointed.

It really does taste just like lasagna in soup form and comes together in under 30 minutes. With most kids adoring noodles and cheese, you have an added bonus of a totally family-friendly recipe.

So get cooking and make a warming, comforting bowl of lasagna soup!

Lasagna Soup (with Gluten-Free Option)
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces lasagna noodles (gluten-free noodles can be used)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or other fat for sauteing
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning or 1 teaspoon each oregano, thyme, and basil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 6 - 8 cups homemade chicken or beef stock (amount depends on how brothy you like it)
  • 24 ounces favorite spaghetti sauce (could use a full can of pureed stewed tomatoes in a pinch)
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • 8 ounces cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook the lasagna noodles until al dente (still firm when bitten) and set aside.
  2. In a large stock pot over medium heat, saute the onion, garlic, and ground beef until meat is cooked through.
  3. Stir in the spices and sea salt.
  4. Stir in the broth and spaghetti sauce until combined.
  5. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes to let flavors blend.
  6. Meanwhile, mix together the three cheeses in a bowl and set aside with the cooked noodles.
  7. To serve, place some noodles in a bowl, top with the hot soup, then dollop preferred amount of cheese mixture on top, mixing to melt.
Notes
Any pasta shape can work in this recipe

I have a dairy-free "cheese" sauce that could be used too. You can find it as part of my mom's lasagna recipe here.

This lasagna soup is filled with delicious lasagna flavors but doesn't require all the assembly time that the casserole does. It can easily be made gluten free.

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Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili

Sweet potato and carrots are added to this turkey chili for a delicious dinner that fills you, warms you, and sticks with you on a cold evening.

Sweet potato and carrots are added to this turkey chili for a great variation on a classic meal. Chili is a delicious dinner that fills you, warms you, and sticks with you on a cold evening.

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled it to meet your family’s needs.

Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili
Serves: 2 - 3
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ cup cooked pinto beans
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • ¼ cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 sweet potato, cooked
  • 2 cilantro sprigs to garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine the onion, garlic, and all seasonings. Sauté mix in a large sauce pan.
  2. Add in the turkey. When it starts browning, add in the pinto beans.
  3. Turn heat down and add in the carrots and tomatoes. Let simmer for 25 minutes.
  4. Cut one half of the sweet potato into cubes and cut the other half into spirals. Place on top of chili along with cilantro sprigs to garnish.

Sweet potato and carrots are added to this turkey chili for a delicious dinner that fills you, warms you, and sticks with you on a cold evening.

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Chili Lime Shrimp

My husband is not a big fan of shrimp but I love it. I especially love it with a little kick. If you love shrimp, you’ll want to try this recipe for Chili Lime Shrimp served over a bed of rice noodles along with corn and avocado. Just remember, you need to marinate the shrimp for at least an hour. So give yourself a little bit of extra time if you are making this for dinner.

If you love shrimp, you'll want to try this recipe for Chili Lime Shrimp served over a bed of rice noodles along with corn and avocado.

Chili Lime Shrimp
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound raw shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ package rice noodles, cooked
  • 1 cup corn, cooked
  • 2 lemons, sliced into fourths
  • 2 avocados, sliced
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix chipotle powder, vegetable oil,1 teaspoon salt, and lemon juice.
  2. Add the shrimp and mix them with the marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and cook the shrimp until they turn pink.
  4. Place the noodles in bowls, top with shrimp, corn, avocado, and lemon slices.
Notes
You can swap the rice noodles for quinoa or rice.

If you love shrimp, you'll want to try this recipe for Chili Lime Shrimp served over a bed of rice noodles along with corn and avocado.

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Cherry Apple Pork Loin: Slow Cooker

By contributing writer Beth

Smothered in fresh cherries and apples and dusted with cinnamon, your whole family will adore this Slow Cooker Cherry Apple Pork Loin.

Smothered in fresh cherries and apples and dusted with cinnamon, your whole family will adore this Slow Cooker Cherry Apple Pork Loin.

There’s something comforting about a juicy, tender pork loin. It’s full of mouthwatering protein and delicious flavor. Pair that with seasonal fruits and you’ve got a winning flavor combination. Impress your guests with this Cherry Apple Pork Loin for your next special occasion or family dinner.

When my husband was growing up, his mother always paired pork chops with applesauce. Even though my family was the meat and potatoes type, we didn’t mix in fruits with our main dishes. But I’ve learned to be adventurous and try new flavor combinations with old favorites. This recipe is a delightful homage to that classic pork and apple taste combination.

The tart apples and cherries help keep the meat juicy and tender while also adding flavor and sweetness to the savory pork loin. The balsamic vinegar seasons the meat and adds a depth of flavor that you don’t want to leave out. And the cinnamon aroma will make your mouth water!

I like to pair this with a green salad, homemade bread, steamed veggies, or garlic mashed potatoes. Whatever way you serve this Cherry Apple Pork Loin, just be sure you keep the recipe. It’s a showstopper!

Smothered in fresh cherries and apples and dusted with cinnamon, your whole family will adore this Slow Cooker Cherry Apple Pork Loin.

Cherry Apple Pork Loin
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds pork loin
  • 1 cup cherries, stems and pits removed
  • ½ Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Place the pork loin in a large slow cooker,
  2. Top with cherries and apples.
  3. Sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar over the top of the fruit.
  4. Pour the balsamic vinegar over the entire dish.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.

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