I made this soup on Halloween and it fed 8 adults and 3 kids. My Otha' Motha' (mother-in-law) brought some fabulous cheese bread and it was a great pairing. Then we topped it off with candy because we're classy like that.
The original recipe is from Paula Deen, but I tweaked it just a bit.
You would want to cut the recipe in half for a more reasonable amount. Although, I'd suggest using the sausage and leaving out the beef if you do that. However, I'd probably make the whole thing for my family and eat leftovers for lunch the next day.
1 pound ground beef
1 pound Italian sausage
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
5 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp thyme
2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 boxes (32oz each) chicken broth
3 cans petite diced tomatoes (I pureed these quickly in my blender to hide them from my kids)
2 cans (15 oz each) tomato sauce
2 tsp italian seasoning
1 1/4 tsp salt
3 cups broken lasagna noodles
1 can (about 7 oz) shredded parmesan cheese
Mozzarella cheese for garnish
In large dutch oven brown beef, sausage, onion, green pepper and garlic about 8-10 min., until meat is browned through. Drain well.
Stir in thyme, brown sugar, broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, italian seasoning, salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 min. Add noodles and simmer until tender, stir in parmesan cheese. Serve with Mozzarella cheese sprinkled on top.
If you cut this in half, you can do so roughly. For instance instead of using 1 1/2 cans of tomatoes, use 2 cans. The measurements do not need to be precise on this one.
It's definitely a hearty soup. Is this something your family would like for dinner?