Mom de Cuisine

Make-Ahead Monday: Lasagna Stew
November 15, 2011, 11:23 am
Filed under: Main Course, Soups | Tags: , ,



Once again my husband was away on business and I’ve mentioned before that when he’s gone I take the opportunity to try a recipe that I know he would not want to try.  When I saw this recipe for lasanga soup by Liz on Blog is the New Black, I knew I had to try it!  I did want to make it for my husband as well, after all, lasagna is one of his favorite meals, but when I mentioned it to him, I think his exact words were, “Don’t go messing up something that’s already good.  If you want to make lasagna, make lasagna.  If you want to make soup, make soup, but please don’t try to mix them.”  Well, he missed out because it was soooo good. 

I took a bit of a short cut by using store bought stuffed tortellini, but it was worth it.  I suppose every country/region has their take on other international cuisines.  Like, if you get Chinese food from the States, it may not taste like what you would get in China.  Well, I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of the Italian food here.  Now, I could eat buckets of hummus all day long, but the pizzas and pastas aren’t usually to my liking.  Beef pepperoni just isn’t the same.  But there is one grocery store that carries lots of European brands and they have a great cheese and fresh pasta counter.  So, long story short, that’s why I used the store, bought tortellini, because it was the good stuff.

I also made a bit of a mistake in cooking my stew.  You see, it was supposed to be a soup, but I put it in the electric pressure cooker for too long because it got very thick and the parmesan rind I threw in for extra flavor still had a bit of cheese on it and it stuck to the bottom and burned.  At first I thought I’d have to toss it and order kabobs (for the fifth time this week) but when I tasted it, it was rich and the burned cheese was just like the crispy brown cheese on top of lasagna.  It was a mistake I was glad I made!  The stew was like if a hearty tomato soup and lasagna had a love child, this would have been said child. 

After two bowls (what, I had no one to share it with, my husband was gone and my kids were already in bed by the time I sat down to eat) I decided that I would make this again for my husband, but just not tell him it’s Lasagna Stew, so then he will eat it (and I know love it too!)  This was a great make ahead meal because you let the soup base simmer for hours (or one hour if you used an electric pressure cooker like me) and then throw in the tortellini at the end and it was so much easier than all of the work of lasagna, but still had the entire flavor.



Lasagna Stew



4 cups chicken stock

8 oz. tomato sauce

2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 parmesan rind

1 10 oz package ricotta and spinach tortellini



Combine the first five ingredients in a heavy bottomed pot or electric pressure cooker.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmering.  Allow soup to simmer, covered, for 4-5 hours in a pot, one hour in the pressure cooker.  Right before serving, remove the parmesan rind and add the tortellini.  If you didn’t already make my mistake, add some freshly grated parmesan cheese to the top of each bowl and brown the cheese under the broiler. 



p.s. one of these days, I will actually be able to post this on a Monday, but life happens 🙂