Monday, February 10, 2014

Baked Ziti Soup

Friday night, I decided to clean out the fridge of some leftover ingredients from previous meals in the week, and ended up creating a new recipe! I assure you, these "clean out the fridge" meals do not usually get added to the cooking rotation. But this one worked- and I think y'all will love it too!

1T olive oil
1tsp garlic, minced
1 28oz. can whole tomatoes (I use San Marzanos)
1/2T kosher salt
2T italian seasoning
1 cup chicken stock
1/4-1/2 cup pasta water (depending on how "soupy" you want it to be)
pinch of baking soda
1/2tsp sugar
1/2lb. ground turkey (optional)
3 cups uncooked pasta (I used medium shells)
1/3 cup ricotta
1/4 cup fresh parmesan (I use Locatelli)
2 oz. mozzarella pearls (I use Bel Gioioso- approximately 15 pearls)

Saute garlic in olive oil for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Add baking soda. Reduce heat to medium. Sprinkle salt and italian seasoning over tomatoes; cover with lid and simmer for 5 minutes, or until tomatoes are tender. Smash tomatoes with a fork or potato masher. Add sugar and taste. Add additional salt, italian seasoning, or sugar as needed. Add cooked ground turkey and simmer on low to medium heat.

In a separate pot, cook shells to al dente. Before draining, add pasta water to sauce. After draining, return to pan. Mix in ricotta and parmesan. Transfer soup to pasta pan and mix. Right before serving, add mozzarella and stir. Garnish with parmesan. Serve with pillsbury french loaf.

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  1. This looks like my type of meal! Might just have to try this soon.

  2. This looks amazing! already got it pinned to my board :)

  3. This looks amazing! already got it pinned to my board :)

  4. I bet this is incredible. I love baked ziti, and I bet this is even better as a soup!

  5. Heather, whenever I come to your page I end up so hungry! This soup looks amazing, and it's so awesome you made it with ingredients you already had in your fridge! Looks perfect for the cold weather we've been having! Thanks for sharing. <3<3

  6. This looks delicious! Can't wait to try it out!