Soups On!

I loved reading all of your ideas about project organization from Wednesday’s post. Thanks for sharing! (Look – I have started my Mizzle, which means I get to fill that basket up with something else now!)

– Liz is using clear shoeboxes, which I think will be great and colorful on a shelf.

– Karen found these on Amazon, which look nice, especially if you can hang them. (Although sitting on a shelf would be good, too.)

– Lots of you use ziploc bags and clear plastic tote bags.

– Melissa hid 12 of hers in brown paper bags and put them in a basket. When she is ready for the next month’s project, she picks one and gets a nice surprise!

– Carol has an entire wall in her living room filled with cubbies and baskets of yarn. Wow!!

Ronni uses something like this on the back of a door, due to lack of wall space. I think that’s a great idea.

– Some of you don’t keep anything in physical view, but you organize your soon-to-work-on projects on Ravelry or in notebooks.

– And Lori thinks my projects look like they are in prison, waiting to be paroled, which cracked me up! (Well,  I guess they sort of are waiting to “get out” ….)

I think anything that keeps us on track with our knitting is a good thing, no matter what the system is! I hope you find something that works for you.

Today I have another good soup recipe to share with you. I made this over the holidays when we had family in, and it was a big hit with everyone. Plus – it’s easy. I like things like that! (It comes from this blog. Check out the latest post – those mushrooms look great!)

lasagna-soupLasagna Soup

1 1/2 lbs. Italian Sausage
2 c. chopped onions
4 garlic cloves
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 Tbl. tomato paste
1 can (28 oz) fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
6 cups chicken stock
8 oz. pasta (corkscrew, bowtie, whatever. I used a bit more.)
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste

8 oz. ricotta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
pinch of pepper

2 cups mozzarella

Heat the olive oil in a large pan and add sausage to brown. Add onions and cook until softened.  Add garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes and cook for a minute.  Add tomato paste and stir well, cooking for another 3-4 minutes.

Add the diced tomatoes, bay leaves and chicken stock. Mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add uncooked pasta and cook until al dente. (Don’t overcook or let it simmer too long, or it will get mushy.) Stir in basil and season to taste with salt and pepper.

While the pasta cooks, mix together the ricotta, parmesan cheese, 1/4 tsp. salt and pinch of ground pepper.

To serve, place a dollop of the ricotta mixture in the bottom of the soup bowl, ladle hot soup over the dollop, and top with mozzarella.

Have a great weekend! Any plans? I have a few knitting projects to work on!

Sheri beautifuldayheretodayinthemountains!


  1. I’m going to be watching the Steelers game and knitting on Sunday. Sorry Sheri!
    I can’t pull for the Denver Broncos. :-). Have a great weekend!

  2. Oh, that soup looks yummy!!! I’m meeting BFF Liz at the symphony tonight, then helping teach a class tomorrow night at Marcel’s, a local store that is a lot like Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table. I’m really excited about that, lots of good food on tap for tomorrow! And of course, crocheting this weekend. 😀

  3. Question for you—not trying to bug you or anything :)…….but do you have the opening date when your Loopy Ewe will be open for business in Fort Collins??? We’re in Estes Park for the month of January—-cannot wait to come and visit!!!! No pressure or anything! 🙂

  4. I’ll probably be knitting all weekend. I’m trying to get through one KAL quickly so I have more time to devote to a mystery KAL that starts in a few days.

    That soup looks yummy. My husband looked at it and said, “Loopy Soup?” It may get labelled as such in my recipe box!

  5. I’ll be knitting while watching the football playoffs with our family, but I might have to make your soup – it sounds yummy. It’s 52 degrees here in the Ann Arbor area – and I love it!

  6. I will be knitting and watching “bowl” games. The soup looks great! Will try soon.
    I am late to chime in with the organization of projects. I am like alot of others and use ziploc bags. The ideas that you cited are very good ones. I will remember these when I re-do my knitting room.. Have a great weekend everyone!

  7. I’m enjoying the day off work today, knitting an Ashby for my MIL. I’m trying to get that finished so I can devote my full attention to the 1st quarter challenge. The soup looks delicious!

  8. One more thing, Shari – you may want to update the “About Us” page on the main site. It still refers to you as being in the St. Louis area. 🙂

  9. I am watching the Frozen Four at Fenway park on Saturday. I’ll be there with knitting in hand (because even if I don’t get one stitch done it is another layer of warmth if it gets cold). Sunday I’m going to the local indoor pool and doing some swimming, so I am not a slug all weekend long!

  10. That soup sure looks yummy. I will have to add the recipe to my collection of your other recipes. Thanks so much.

  11. Sheri,
    I made this same soup this fall and everyone loved it! My school is having a soup pot luck lunch this week and I think i will take the Lasagna Soup I made a wonderful tomato soup last week that turned out fabulous. Once you have homemade soup there is never going back to the canned!

  12. Cooking. Shopping. Football. Cleaning. Final family Christmas gathering. Cleaning again. Tree down. Cleaning, one more time. Finally, football and knitting. Great weekend. To work Monday to rest. Hope your weekend is as much fun as mine is going to be.

  13. I’m headed to the gym and grocery store then home to make some bread and block my gift for the Loopy swap. Than I get to sit down with my sock blankie and knit a few quares.

  14. Thanks so much for posting this tempting recipe. It took me a week to get to it, but my 15 year old son and I made it together last night and we both thought it was terrific. In fact we’ll be eating it tonight as we watch the Pats pound the Broncos 🙂 Seems fitting….

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