For me there is nothing more satisfying as a good hearty soup when the weather is miserable outside, and this recipe sure hits the spot.
Everyone loves lasagne and this freezer-friendly soup is one of my favourite wholesome, budget-friendly dinners. You’ll be surprised how much flavour is packed into this comforting dish.
Serve with fresh crusty bread or ciabatta. Or, to make it super special for a treat, why not serve it in a cob loaf with the middle hollowed out for the soup and oozing with melted cheese on the top.
Put the mince into a large frying pan over a medium to high heat, fry for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon
Tip out the fat, then return the meat to the frying pan to crisp up and brown for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat to rest
Heat the oil over a medium heat in a large saucepan and add the onion until softened. Then add the herbs, basil and garlic, plus mushrooms, carrots and celery if using
Stir, then cover and leave to soften on a low heat for 10 mins
Tip the mince into the pan with the mixture, then add the chopped tomatoes and stock
Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins before adding the lasagne sheets and cooking for a further 12-15 mins, covered, until the pasta is just softened. Stirring the pan occasionally so it doesn’t stick
Add the tomato puree and season and stir
Divide the soup between serving bowls, then top with the grated cheese and some freshly ground black pepper to serve