Ok, before you judge this one, know that I like the small amount of grease in this soup.  I don't like the 90% lean ground beef, I just don't.  You can use it and eliminate all grease from this recipe if that's your cup of tea.  I like a little because it does add some of the taste to the recipe.  Again, use the lean if that is what you enjoy or don't use meat at all.  This is not necessarily a recipe that has to have meat.  You could add some vegetables or tofu in it's place. If you add vegetables, just add them to the simmering stage, note that carrots can take a bit longer and adjust the time accordingly. If you need to simmer longer than the recipe indicates, make sure to add water or more broth so that it doesn't evaporate too much of the liquid. This was to be one of many soups made this "winter".

Now here in Southern California we seemed to have skipped right over spring and gone to summer.  As I sit and write this, it is 79 degrees out (26 C).  I mean really.  We had a very, very short winter.  It was supposed to be a cold wet one because of the El Nino.  We had one really, really good storm.  One storm that was so so and one that just petered out and left maybe a 1/4 inch.  I had such high hopes for this winter and all the soups that I could make to keep me warm and toasty. High hopes, all now dashed.  It will once again be in the 80's next week. One bright spot we do get some rain tomorrow but it will still be in the mid 60's for this storm.  I feel so cheated. 

I still like making this though and had it last night for dinner.  I just use the microwave method.  Once a week and usually on Monday's we have Hamburger meat for dinner.  It's my son's favorite meat and meal.  I of course find other was for me to eat said meat.  This is one of them.  The meat is spiced with the taco seasoning but it just adds to the soup.  I have made it with the seasoned meat and without and it is just as good.  If you ever have leftover hamburger meat, this really is the soup to make.  Hope you enjoy.
Serves 1 (microwave version) or 6 (stove top version)



1 microwavable soup bowl
1 1/2 cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth
1/3 cup precooked hamburger meat or Sausage (spicy or mild)
1 TBSP Tomato Paste
1/2 cup Stewed diced Tomatoes (I use the Italian)
2 Full Length Lasagna Noodles broken up (Gluten Free or Regular)
2 large Basil leaves
1/4 Tsp Garlic
1/4 Tsp dried Oregano
1/4 Tsp dried Onions
Pinch Salt
1 oz Mozzarella cheese (shredded or cut up)
1-2 TBSP Parmesan Cheese (shredded)

Optional: 1/4 tsp dried chili peppers or chili powder and or oz Ricotta Cheese

Add all ingredients except cheese to bowl.  Place in Microwave and cook on high 5 minutes, stir.  Cook for another 5 minutes on high.  Check doneness of noodles.  If using Gluten Free noodles with a high White Rice content shorten the second cooking to 3 minutes and check for doneness.  
Take out of microwave carefully!  It will be very hot.
Add cheeses, stir and enjoy.

Stove Top:

1 Soup Pot

1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 lb Sausage (regular or mild)
1/2 cup Yellow Onion
8 cups Chicken Broth or Vegetable Broth
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes of your choice (I use the Italian)
1 can tomato paste
1 TBSP Dried Oregano
1 TBSP Garlic 
6-8 Basil leaves
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese (shredded or cut up)
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese (shredded)
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
1/2 box Lasagna Noodles cooked as per instructions on box


In the soup pot, brown hamburger meat and sausage, break it up to small bite size pieces, add the onion when the meat is about 3/4 cooked.
When the onion turns translucent, add all ingredients EXCEPT cheese and noodles.
Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer
Let simmer on medium low for 30 minutes.
Add Noodles which have been cut up to bite size pieces and let simmer an additional 10 minutes.
I do not add the cheeses but place on the table for the individual people to add to their soup.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe.  If you did, leave a comment below.  I also have a YouTube channel where I feature many of my recipes.  If you would like to check it out, click on this link:  Bristlee One

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It's the one you have,
Nutritional information obtained using CalorieCount.com. This is based on the microwave version with chicken broth and 85 % lean meat. This serving can be for two if served with other side dishes.