While not a fan of actual lasagna, this is a truly great soup. I think that it is best made while listening to Rosemary Clooney's "Mambo Italiano" as I drag Mountain Man around the kitchen and we shimmy like we are contestants on Dancing With the Stars--only with fewer sequins, and less spray tan.
1 pound turkey sausage (not pork, beef or armadillo)
2 cups shopped onions
1 cup diced carrot
2 cups sliced button mushrooms
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
4 cups chicken broth
1 can chopped Italian style stewed tomatoes
1 cup radiatore pasta
2 cups fresh spinach
cubed mozzarella or provolone & Parmesan and chopped, fresh basil to garnish
In a large stockpot, brown sausage, onion, carrot, mushrooms and garlic. Then add chicken broth, tomatoes, and radiatore (pronounced with a heavy Italian accent, and don't forget to roll your 'r'--rah-dee-ah-tor-aye.) It's really effective to wear some kind of striped blue and white Venetian gondola captain shirt and sing a bit in Italian. If you don't speak Italian, don't worry, most Italian's don't speak Italian either (I'm kidding, please don't write me letters--) Just do it with confidence and you can fool anyone.
Simmer soup until pasta is cooked and tender, about 10 minutes.
Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute more.
Serve over cubes of mozzarella or provolone and garnish with Parmesan and fresh basil.
Light a candle, crack a Diet Coke, sit with your family and enjoy this luscious and filling soup. Celebrate your time together. Celebrate yourself. Mangia bene, vivi felice!