Brr it's cold out today. The weather this week is the coldest temperatures we've had yet this winter so it's officially soup season. This one is a sure to please. I made it and there was only enough left over for one bowl the next day. That to me indicates a successful meal.
1 lbs. Ground Beef or Ground Pork (I used beef)
1/2 onion, diced
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
1 can Tomato Paste
1 14oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
2 Bay Leaves
2 Cups Water
1/2 Package of Lasagna Noodles, Broken into bite sized pieces
1 Tbs. Dried Basil
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Cheese to garnish
In a frying pan, cook your ground beef with the diced onion, until no longer pink and onions are translucent. salt and pepper the meat generously.
Add the tomato paste and stir in. Heat until the tomato paste starts to turn a little brown.
Add the can of diced tomatoes and bay leaves.
Transport into a larger pot and add the water and basil. At this point, give it a good stir and add more salt and pepper as needed. I did end up adding more. Keep tasting until it seems right.
Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to medium low. Let the soup simmer for 30 minutes. After simmering, add in the pasta and let cook another 10 minutes, or until the pasta is done.