Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup


I'm starting to find myself drawn to more and more slow cooker recipes. In the summer I love to use the slow cooker because it allows me to spend more time doing activities. In the fall/winter I love the slow cooker because it has such potential to make comfort food without too much effort.

For this soup you will need a 6-quart slow cooker or larger. Mine is a 6-quart and it was filled to the brim with ingredients. The good news about that is, this recipe is perfect for serving a large crowd or if you need to have plenty of leftovers. This provided Dave and me with lunch and dinner throughout the entire school/work week.

Recipe from Foodie Crush.

Ingredients:

-1 yellow onion, diced
-2 cups brown mushrooms, sliced
-2 zucchinis, sliced
-4 cloves garlic, minced
-1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
-1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
-6 cups vegetable broth
-2 bay leaves
-2 teaspoons dried oregano
-1 tablespoon dried basil
-1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
-2 teaspoons kosher salt
-2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
-12 ounces lasagna noodles
-4 cups fresh spinach leaves

For the ricotta cheese topping
-1 8 ounce container ricotta cheese
-1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
-1/4 cup parsley, chopped
-1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped
-generous pinch of kosher salt
Add the onion, brown mushrooms, zucchini, garlic, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, bay leaves, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, kosher salt and black pepper to the liner of a 6 quart slow cooker,.
Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 7 hours.
Once the seven hours is up, cook the lasagna noodles according to the package directions, drain, rinse and add to the soup. I cut mine into smaller pieces to make them easier to eat. At this time you should also stir in the spinach.

Mix all of the ingredients together for the ricotta topping, spoon over the soup.



Dave and I both liked the soup, but neither of us was wowed by it. We ate it for a week straight (for lunch and dinner) so it wasn't awful. I think that I would have liked it better if the broth was thicker, the broth in this soup is pretty thin. If it had been a little heartier like tomato sauce I may have liked it better. Overall though, if you want a satisfying crock pot recipe that will make a ton of servings, this recipe is it.

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