Thursday, May 10, 2012

Spinach Lasagna Soup with a side of Rally

Roadtrips.  You either like em’ or dread em’.  Me…. After many  hours…days…WEEKS spent traveling via car growing up (thanks Mom & Dad), I can honestly say… I like them – (that’s IF I can stay awake long enough to enjoy the ever changing scenery)  Now, toss in some good old fast cars, rustic environments, dirt roads and a bit of dust…wooo… I’m in heaven!   This past weekend we decided to do a ROADTRIP down to the Oregon Trail Rally . What a gorgeous drive..what a fun, exciting weekend! 
We came home uber late Sunday night…after what seemed like visits to every rest stop from The Dalles, OR to Vancouver,BC  leaving those precious hours of sleep knocked down to a bare minimum… let alone meal planning…or even grocery shopping for that matter.  After a weekend of cheap “natural” beverages (gotta love cross border shopping)  and fast  food, a good, hearty – but light meal was in order so I served up my Spinach Lasagna Soup… Tuesday night. (Sleep won over Monday’s meal planning and making).

It’s made using ground turkey…only a few links of mild Italian Sausage to boost flavor, and to up to nutritional goodness, a whopping pile of fresh chopped spinach.  YUM YUM.  Just a pinch of cheese…and a handful of noodles quenched my pasta craving without all the heaviness of a regular lasagna dish. 
As always, the rally did not disappoint…..The setting with Mt. Hood in the background was breathtaking.
The cars...well as always - entertaining!  Fast turns, rocks flying....great racing!
For more information regarding the sport of rally, visit the Rally America Website or the Canadian Rally Championship Circuit… In the meantime… here’s a few more peaks at the events in Oregon this past weekend.
Of course...there's the cars that take a turn a little tight... or get a little loose.... oopps....Least this car stayed right side up!

If you ever get a chance to go and spectate one of these events…just do it.  Maybe I’ll even see you at the Pacific Forest Rally, held right in our backyard in Merritt, B.C every year in the fall.
Of course, if ANYONE was going to "stumble" upon a cool winery... it would be me.  You can't help but *giggle* when you read their labels.... and when it comes to naming, well... haha I think I can use another one in my list of nicknames.  "Outdoor Wino"... from Naked Winery - when do those cross border limits increase?! LOVED their fun, fresh wines.
Spinach Lasagna Soup
·         1 lbs ground turkey
·         4 links of mini-mild Italian sausage
·         2 cups fresh chopped spinach
·         3 garlic cloves, minced
·         2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
·         1 can diced tomatoes (I used Italian seasoned)
·         1 jar of favorite pasta sauce
·         1 tablespoon dried parsley
·         5 oven-ready lasagna noodles, broken into pieces
·         ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Remove casings from Italian sausage and break into small chunks, fully cook with ground turkey over medium-high heat in a large sauce pan.
- Break Lasagna noodles and set aside for addition later

- Add in minced garlic and chopped spinach, cook stirring well until spinach is wilted
- Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, pasta sauce – combine well and bring to a slow simmer
- Let simmer for 20 mins, or until lasagna noodles are cooked to taste

- Once noodles are cooked to your taste, set oven rack to top half of oven, and turn on broiler to high.
- Scoop out soup into individual servings, and sprinkle top with a pinch of the mozzarella cheese
- Place soup under the broiler until cheese is golden in colour
- Remove from oven and let sit for a couple of mins

Enjoy with a side of warmed up garlic breadsticks, or a fresh salad!  Leftovers are great the next day, just heat in a microwave!   One last picture of my favorite rally friends……   See you in Merritt!

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