Warm up with a delicious bowl of Easy Lasagna Soup on a chilly evening! This soup is loaded with ground beef and Italian sausage, simmered in a tomato-based broth, and topped with creamy Italian cheeses. It's the perfect meal for comfort food lovers!
One of the most classic Italian dishes is lasagna. Traditionally, lasagna is a dish that is made with layers of flat pasta, meat, cheese, and tomato sauce. Lasagna Soup is a unique take on this classic dish!
Instead of layering the ingredients inside an oven-safe dish, all the elements are combined in one pot to create a delicious and hearty soup. There's a mix of ground beef and Italian sausage to give it texture and protein, and the tomato-based broth is spiced up with classic Italian herbs. To finish it off, you top it with plenty of creamy Italian cheeses, giving you that lasagna flavor in every bite.
Serve this easy soup with a piece of toasted garlic bread, and you'll have a comforting meal in no time!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It has all of the flavors of lasagna in soup form - what’s not to love?
- It’s a hearty and comforting meal that will keep you full for hours.
- The recipe is easy to customize with your favorite spices and herbs.
- You can choose to use ground beef, pork, sausage, or any meat you have on hand.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Ground Meat - A mixture of ground beef and Italian sausage come together to give the soup flavor, texture, and lots of hearty protein.
- Garlic & Onion - No Italian meal is made without the flavorful addition of onion and garlic.
- Italian Seasoning - Adds a mix of Italian herb flavor throughout the soup.
- Salt & Pepper - Helps to balance and enhance the natural flavors of the dish.
- Tomato Paste & Diced Tomatoes - Adds a lightly acidic tomato flavor to the broth making it taste like pasta sauce.
- Chicken Broth - Thins out the soup to a perfect consistency while adding rich flavor.
- Lasagna Noodles - This gives the soup the feel of lasagna while adding texture and heartiness.
- Cheese Topping - A mixture of soft ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, and finely shredded parmesan cheese makes the perfect cheesy topping to this Italian meal.
How To Make Lasagna Soup
Brown the meat: Add sausage, ground beef, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and salt to a large pot over medium heat. Saute until meat is browned and onions are soft. This should take about 8-10 minutes.
Make the tomato broth: To the pot with the meat and seasonings, add the tomato paste, chicken broth, and diced tomatoes. Stir until well combined.
Cook the soup: Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the lasagna noodles: Remove the lid and add noodles. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until noodles are soft.
Assemble the cheese topping: While the soup is simmering, add ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese into a medium mixing bowl. Mix with a fork.
Garnish and serve: Add soup to bowls and generously top with cheese mixture. Enjoy!
- You can adjust the number of spices and herbs depending on how much flavor you like.
- If you can't find ground Italian sausage, buy sausage links and remove the sausage from the casings.
- Make sure you add the noodles after 15 minutes as they will soak up the liquid and make the soup too thick.
- The amount of time it takes to cook the noodles will depend on how hot the soup is. Check periodically to make sure they don't overcook.
- Add veggies: Feel free to add veggies like zucchini, mushrooms, or bell peppers for extra nutrition.
- Use other meats: If you don't want to use ground beef and sausage, you can easily substitute chicken, pork, turkey, or a combination.
- Spice it up: If you like a bit of heat, add some red pepper flakes or a pinch of cayenne pepper.
- Change the broth: To impart a different flavor, use beef broth, vegetable broth, or beef stock in place of the chicken broth.
- Garnish suggestions: Sprinkle with chopped parsley or basil, or crumble-cooked garlic bread on top as croutons.
Storing & Freezing
Storing: Once cooled, the soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Freezing: Place cooled soup in a freezer-safe bag or container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat on the stovetop on low heat until heated through.
Yes, you can use any kind of short cut pasta like macaroni or penne. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly and occasionally stir while it cooks.
Yes, absolutely! To make this soup vegetarian-friendly, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and omit ground beef and sausage. Then, you can add any type of meatless protein, like lentils or chickpeas.
Yes, you can definitely use pre-made pasta sauce instead of tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Just be sure to adjust the seasonings and broth accordingly.
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Easy Lasagna Soup
- 8 oz ricotta cheese
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese (Shredded)
- ½ cup parmesan cheese (finely shredded)
- In a large pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage, ground beef, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and salt. Stirring occasionally until meat is browned and onions are soft.
- Add tomato paste, chicken broth, and diced tomatoes. Stir until well combined.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Then remove lid and add noodles. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until noodles are soft.
- Meanwhile in a medium mixing bowl, add ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Mix together with a fork.
- Add soup to bowls and generously top with cheese mixture. Enjoy!
- To make a vegetarian version of the lasagna soup, leave out the sausage and increase the amount of chopped vegetables in the recipe. Start by cooking onions and garlic in a pot, then add vegetables such as zucchini, mushrooms, and yellow squash. Saute them until tender, and then continue with the recipe as written. This will create a flavorful and hearty soup that is completely vegetarian.
If you don't have lasagna noodles, you can use any small shaped pasta as a substitute, using approximately 2 ½ cups. However, lasagna noodles provide an authentic texture to the soup that cannot be replicated with other pasta shapes. If you are making the soup ahead of time, it's best to cook the lasagna noodles separately and add them to the soup just before serving. This is because lasagna noodles tend to absorb the liquid in the soup over time and can become too soft. If the soup does become too thick after adding the cooked lasagna noodles, you can add some beef broth to thin it out to your desired consistency.
*All nutrition information provided is automatically calculated and is an estimate and will vary based on ingredients, brands, and changes in cooking methods listed in the recipe. If you need exact numbers on your ingredients, I would recommend calculating them with your prefered nutrition calculator.