Well this was unexpected. So earlier this afternoon, I was reading though the 131 blog entries from my Google blog reader (after being out of town for a while) and came across this recipe from That Was Vegan? I immediately bookmarked it. Then I realized I had hungry he-gans to feed and not much to work with. I wasn’t planning on going to the store until tomorrow. Anyhow, it was love at first read . . . even though I didn’t have all the ingredients for the original recipe, I figured I could make it work with what I had. I even borrowed a can of diced tomatoes from my good friend (and neighbor). (Thanks, Jessie)! You don’t have to use lasagna noodles, but if you’re like me, chances are, you’ll have an opened box of lasagna noodles leftover from a bygone (yet fabulous) lasagna. This is the perfect soup to use those rogue noodles! I added a couple of Field Roast sausages and made some other alterations and it came out fantastic. Try this with some diced zucchini or mushrooms for some variety.
1 C onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Field Roast sausages, Italian variety
1 Tbs olive oil
2-1/2 tsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried rosemary
28-oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
9-10 lasagna noodles
7 C water
1 vegetable bouillon cube
1/2 C spaghetti sauce
2 bay leaves
1-1/2 Tbs dried basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil, garlic, Field Roast, and onion.
Cook for 5 minutes, or until the onions are tender.
Add the oregano, red pepper flakes, and rosemary; stir to combine. Add the diced tomatoes (juice and all), spaghetti sauce, 6 cups of water (you may want to add more later), the two bay leaves, and the bouillon (I chopped it up first); bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Break up the lasagna noodles and add to the pot. Let simmer 10-12 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked (you may need to add more water). Remove the bay leaves and serve with a sprinkle of Daiya cheese. Enjoy!