Who doesn’t love lasagna and a nice salad for dinner? Well how about that dinner but in soup form… that’s exactly what this soup is! I received my inspiration for this recipe from a Publix Apron’s recipe. It’s a quick and easy recipe with easily-found ingredients.
The broth of this soup consists of chicken broth and a jar of your favorite pasta sauce! I mean it doesn’t get much easier than a jar of pasta sauce. When my grandparents, Papa and Meme were not making their own homemade sauce, my Meme would have my Papa buy a jar of Ragu. I know, can you believe it… Ragu! Now, for me my go-to jar is Barilla. But this is your creation so you pick what your go-to sauce is. No judgement!
After browning the ground sausage, you start with “humble beginnings”. Have you ever heard of that? Maybe you have heard of Sofrito, Mirepoix, or the Holy Trinity of cooking. These are all the foundation of some of the world’s greatest dishes. It’s simply a group of vegetables sauteed together, disappearing into the dish as it cooks. But their flavors linger and would most definitely be missed if left out. In this soup, we make a “humble beginnings” of carrot, celery, onion, bell pepper, and garlic to start the soup.
Most lasagna soup calls for lasagna noodles, you know the long thick noodles that are for a baked lasagna. Well I just don’t agree that those noodles should be in a soup, they end up taking up the whole bowl. So I used a package of Buitoni Three Cheese Tortellini, it usually can be found in the refrigerated section near the cheese. These little tortellinis are stuffed with creamy ricotta, aged Parmesan and Romano. You simply plop them into the soup and you have the noodle and all the delicious cheeses in one bite.
Do not skip the salad kit’s toppings and dressing, trust me!. I used the Fresh Express Sweet Kale salad kit, it comes with broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, chicory, dried cranberries, roasted pumpkin seeds, poppyseed dressing. That’s 7 superfoods! The cranberries and the poppyseed dressing give the soup a sweet tangy twist, that cuts through the acid from the tomatoes, it’s a delicious combination!! But you can use any salad mix, a Cesar salad kit would be tasty too. If you buy a kit, it comes with everything which means you don’t have to buy a bunch of different ingredients.
Lastly you plop a nice size dollop of Ricotta cheese into the bowl and you have yourself the perfect one-bowl meal!
I love pork tenderloin as you can tell from many of my posts. When prepared correctly, pork tenderloin is quite juicy and flavorful. It also is great reheated.
Pork tenderloin is perfect for an easy dinner, but when you butterfly it and stuff it with a delicious filling, it gets even better.
I love creating new stuffings for it. We love pizza but are trying to cut out some carbs so I thought why not stuff a pork tenderloin with our favorite pizza toppings! And BOOM, this Sausage Pizza Pork tenderloin was born!
Pair this meal with Scout and Cellar 2018 DOVE HUNT DOG PINOT NOIR and you have yourself a delicious fancy but simple dinner!
Not a wine drinking, pair this with Coppertail’s Free Dive IPA.
1 Pork Tenderloin, garlic herb marinated
1/s lb. Italian sausage
½ Yellow Onion, diced
8 oz. Mushrooms, rough chop
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
8 oz. Shredded Mozzarella cheese
½ cup of flour
Parsely, chopped, optional
Parmesan cheese, shredded, for serving
2 cups Tomato sauce, for serving
Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Saute the diced onion,until translucent.
Add the mushrooms, italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; cook until the mushrooms are soft, about 4 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Remove from the heat.
Add the Italian sausage to the same skillet and cook until browned.
Remove from heat and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain the grease.
Butterfly the pork: Make a 1-inch-deep incision down the length of each tenderloin; do not cut all the way through. Open the meat like a book so the tenderloins lie flat.
Cover the pork with plastic wrap; pound with the flat side of a meat mallet until about 1/2 inch thick, starting from the middle and working outward.
Sprinkle ½ of the mozzarella cheese over the tenderloin.
Spread the onion and mushroom mixture over the cheese.
Spread the sausage on top of the onion and mushroom mixture.
Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella on top of the sausage.
Starting with a long side, tightly roll up each tenderloin. Secure the seams with the toothpicks or tie with twine.
In a large dish, pour ½ cup of flour and spread out.
Carefully roll the rolled stuffed tenderloin in the flour, covering all sides.
Heat the same skillet over medium heat and add 2 Tbsp oil. Once oil is hot, place tenderloin in the skillet (toothpick-side-down) and sear about 2 minutes per side (6-8 minutes total). Transfer the skillet with the tenderloin to the oven and bake at 350˚F for 18-20 min or until an instant read thermometer reads 145-150˚F in the thickest portion of the meat.
Transfer to a cutting board, brush with the pan drippings and rest 10 minutes before slicing into rings. Brush with pan drippings for more flavor and garnish with parsley if desired.
Slice into rings and drizzle tomato sauce over top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
Spaghetti squash is such a fun, underrated vegetable!
Spaghetti squash is so healthy and versatile. You can simply enjoy it with some salt and pepper as a side dish, or drizzle it with melted butter or your favorite sauce.
Squash has little to no taste so it’s amazing the different flavor combinations you can come up with! I wanted to do something a little different than just marinara so I thought it’d be fun to make individual squash boats tossed with a creamy sauce, broccoli and sausage. Chicken sausage that is. Publix Greenwise Italian chicken sausage is DELICIOUS, but really you could use any type of sausage you’d like!
Creating the “noodles” from this squash is so incredibly easy. All you have to do is cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, bake them (cut side down) for about 30-40 minutes in the oven then start scraping with a fork!
The cream sauce is so flavorful and seriously so simple to make. To bring the sauce up a notch, I added a drizzle of truffle oil but you can skip it, if you are not a truffle fan.
Toss the spaghetti squash in with the broccoli and sausage and transfer everything into the squash boats. Top with cheese, broil in the oven and enjoy!
This recipe pairs beautifully with Scout & Cellar Chardonnay!
Spaghetti Squash Ingredients
1 medium Spaghetti squash
2 tablespoons EVOO
1 ½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper
4 Italian chicken sausage, removed from casings
Head of Broccoli, chopped
3 cloves Garlic, chopped
1 large shallot, chopped
3 tablespoons of White wine
Cream Sauce Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup White Wine
3 ounces truffle oil (black or white), optional
2 cups heavy cream
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
4 oz. shredded parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper
Spaghetti Squash Instructions
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and ribbing. Drizzle the inside of the squash with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
Place the spaghetti squash cut side down on the baking sheet and use a fork to poke holes. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned on the outside, fork tender, but still a little bit firm. The time will vary depending on the size of your squash.
Remove from the oven and flip the squash so that it’s cut side up. When cool enough to the touch, use a fork to scrape out the strands from the sides of the squash. Do not toss the empty squash halves.
While the squash is roasting, prepare the stuffing.
In a skillet, brown the sausage crumbles. Once browned transfer to a plate and deglaze the pan.
Pour in 3 tablespoons or so (enough to cover the bottom of the pan 1/4″ or less) of white wine, with the heat still on, and scrape the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spatula vigorously as the liquid comes to a boil.
Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the same skillet, once the butter has melted saute the broccoli for 3-5 minutes.
Move the broccoli to the sides of the skillet, creating a well to add the garlic and shallot. Saute for one minute and then combine broccoli, garlic and shallots- sauteing for an additional 3-5 minutes.
Once the squash is done, scoop the strands into the skillet with the broccoli mixture.
Add the cooked sausage to the skillet and stir to combine.
Cream Sauce Instructions
Add butter to a sauce pot. Turn the heat on medium.
Once the butter has melted, add 4 tablespoons of flour, whisk until combined.
Pour heavy creamy, wine and truffle oil into the pot, whisk to combine.
Once the mixture is hot, slowly whisk in the cheeses.
Let the mixture simmer for 2-3 minutes until it’s thickened, stir occasionally.
Season to taste with salt and pepper and reduce the heat to low.
Drizzle cream sauce into the bottom of the squash halves.
Divide sausage and broccoli mixture among the halves.
Drizzle Cream sauce over top.
Sprinkle it with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
Broil until cheese is browned and squash warmed through, 4 to 5 minutes.
Serve hot with a glass of Scout & Cellar Chardonnay!
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