Lasagna Soup

filed under: Food + Drink on December 15, 2018

This Lasagna Soup is crazy easy and made in one pot! Get all your favorite lasagna flavors in one amazing recipe! I make this at least once a week during the cooler months as well as Cheeseburger Soup, French Onion Soup, and Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie!

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup

This year has been the year of the soup here at iambaker. I have been trying and testing out new recipes and finding new family favorites that everyone (even my pickiest eater!) enjoys. This soup ranks right at the top! It is everything you love about lasagna… the meats, cheeses, Italian seasonings, and adorable curly noodles… packed into an easy one-pot meal.

One Pot Lasagna Soup

 

Noodles for Lasagna Soup

This might be the most controversial part of this recipe… my choice for the noodles. When I talked to my MIL about her famous lasagna soup she told me that she will only use the best quality lasagna noodles and that they need to be broken up into the soup. I tried that and found that while it tasted great, people didn’t immediately know it was a “lasagna” soup. The noodles flatten a bit and you don’t always see those adorable little frills on the sides. So I was on the hunt for the perfect noodle and came across a Mafalda noodle. It is PERFECT. You get the same taste as a lasagna noodle but a prettier presentation! And when you are feeding 5 kids with different tastes you know that presentation can be everything. 😉

The BEST Lasagna Soup Recipe

How to Season Lasagna Soup

I ran across quite a few recipes that call for 4-12 different seasonings. When testing this out I kept finding that I couldn’t tell the difference between the soup seasoned with Italian seasoning and ones that had 12 different seasonings added. I believe that is because of the fact that this is a “quick” meal and the seasonings just don’t have the time to develop like they would if you were cooking low and slow as an Italian grandmother would. So when you are making this, have no fear! The Italian seasonings will work beautifully and give you all the hints of authentic lasagna.

I recommend making the recipe as-is the first time and then experimenting. You may want to add an additional tablespoon of Italian seasoning, you may want less.

The beauty in this recipe is that you can experiment to your heart’s content!

Easy Lasagna Soup

Can You Make This Lasagna Soup in a Slow-Cooker?

Yes! Crockpot Lasagna Soup is just as easy as the one-pot method!

Follow the directions for browning the meat, onions, and garlic and then add those ingredients to your slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients except for the pasta and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Thirty minutes before you are ready to serve, add in your noodles. Test the noodle at 15 minutes to see if it is done al dente. I have let them sit for 30 minutes without issue, but that may not be the case if you use a different style noodle or a noodle that is not good quality. (The longer the noodle sits the more chance it has to get gummy or sticky so I don’t recommend adding the noodle until a few minutes before you are ready to dish up.)

Other Variations for Lasagna Soup

As we are a homesteading family and can our tomatoes, I will often use my canned tomatoes and canned sauce in the recipe. This adds extra flavor as our canned sauce has peppers, onion, and garlic added. It’s an amazing addition to this recipe! Feel free to buy different variations of pasta sauce to add a little kick to your final product.

Adding seasonal vegetables is also a fun variation.  You can add red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, jalapeno, even spinach!

Play around with your cheeses. I added a jack blend because I am a midwestern girl and we add jack cheese to everything, but you can stick to the traditional cheeses with mozzarella, ricotta, and other Italian cheeses.

Only have chicken stock? You can definitely use that! I have to say, I almost prefer the chicken stock to the beef stock in this recipe, but my kids always seem to notice when I sub it out. Definitely try it at least once and let me know what you think!

5 from 15 votes
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Lasagna Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Talk about comfort food! You are going to be hooked once you try it!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lasagna soup
Servings: 12
Calories: 409 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon heaping Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) pasta sauce
  • 4 cups beef broth (can add up to 4 more cups if you want a runnier soup)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 12 ounces Mafalda noodles, can use lasagna noodles broken
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup jack cheese blend, shredded
  • parsley to garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Add in oil and then chopped onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until partly translucent. Add in garlic and cook for 1 minute.

  3. Add in ground beef and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook until browned, stirring occasionally.

  4. (If necessary, drain)
  5. Pour in pasta sauce, 4 cups beef broth, crushed tomatoes, and stir to combine.

  6. Add in Mafalda noodles and allow soup to simmer for 8 minutes, or until noodles are al dente.

  7. Add in heavy cream and cheeses, stir until combined.
  8. Serve immediately.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Save a little cheese for garnish if you would like! We have also added an Italian Cheese blend or fresh parmesan as a garnish. 

If you happen to love garlic bread with your lasagna, I’ve got you covered. My homemade crouton recipe is perfect for this soup.  You will never buy store bought croutons again!

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  • Jeana Nightingale says:

    Looks wonderful, definitely one to try. What do you use if you do not own “Italian seasoning”? What spices/herbs can you substitute?

  • Denise says:

    Looks fantastic. Where can I find mafalda pasta?

    • Amanda says:

      It was at my local grocery store… and I live in a small town. I believe it’s fairly common!

    • Laura Chappell says:

      I use bowtie pasta because I couldn’t find the mafalda pasta either and it is awesome that way.

  • Lori says:

    Can this soup be frozen?

    • Amanda says:

      You could, but I would not add the cheese or the noodles if you were freezing it.

  • Holly N @ Spend With Pennies says:

    This recipe has everything you want in a meal! Loads of flavor, a great beefy broth and of course cheese and pasta!!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks, Holly!

  • Tina Allen says:

    I made this for the family last night and this was a very delicious meal. I couldn’t find the Mafalda noodles so I purchased Radiatore macaroni. This recipe is a keeper.

  • Lisa says:

    My family and I thought this was just ok. It reminds me of canned spaghetti.I wonder if it would be better with Chicken broth instead.I did enjoy your Hamburger Soup.

  • Camille Brewton says:

    I would like to learn new recipes.

  • Donna says:

    Is there any way to make this a crockpot recipe?

    • Laurie L Otto says:

      If you browned the meat and onions first, then added ingredients into crockpot, it should work. Not sure how long noodles will take, but add them maybe 1 hour before serving, and the cream and cheese maybe 15-20 before to melt all together. I would try it, it would be OK I think?

  • Jannet says:

    Hi am what’s the alternative for “Italian seasoning” and the Mafalda noodles or the lasagna ?What spices/herbs can you

    • Laura Chappell says:

      Jannet, Italian Seasoning is a mixture of marjoram, oregano, thyme, rosemary, savory, basil, and sage. Which is a lot separately but Italian seasoning is readily available and is very cheap in the Walmart brand.

  • Jennifer says:

    Looks sooo good

  • Roxanne says:

    Made it tonight for dinner. Ended up making a recipe and a half so I had to transfer to a stock pot to accommodate all this luscious goodness. We’ll have leftovers tomorrow! Delish!

  • Roxanne says:

    Oh…BTW…I couldn’t find the pasta you recommended…I used mini bow tie pasta instead! Worked great and looked kind’a ruffley.

  • Laura Chappell says:

    My family was very skeptical when I told them I was making Lasagna Soup. They said Lasagna couldn’t be soup. But after I made your they loved it. We had very little left over and (even though they rarely eat leftovers) what was left over was gone first thing the next day.

  • Charles says:

    This was awesome! I don’t care for jack so I used 5 cheese Italian blend and it was great. I couldn’t find that type of noodle so I used Campanelle. This will be made often

  • Mandy says:

    Was delicious and easy. Followed recipe. Was awesome.

  • Patty says:

    Do you have the nutritional info on this recipe? I an diabetic and need to know. Thanks

  • Sherri says:

    I wonder…if I boil the noodles ahead of time could I add them right before serving for a potluck? My daughter is hosting a soup supper to benefit a local ministry and I’m looking for hearty soups to serve. This looks perfect.

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, you can do that! 🙂 Also, I would add more broth (more than the 4 cups the recipe calls for) as the soup will thicken over time and if it is sitting out you will still want it to resemble a soup!

  • Debbi says:

    VERY delicious. I found, however, that the leftovers were more like goulash as the pasta swelled and absorbed the liquid. Still good – just more suitable for a plate.

    • Amanda says:

      We found that when reheating you can add more stock (the amount depends on how much soup you have) and it will return to soup consistency! 🙂

    • Doris clatfelter says:

      When I make soup that calls for pasta, I cook the pasta separately and add to the soup when I serve it. That way the leftovers don’t soak up all the liquids and they stay firm.

  • Lisa says:

    YUM!

  • Robin says:

    I only saw the use of a Dutch oven. Is there any Crock Pot directions?

  • Jim Sewell says:

    Sounds great

  • Lillian says:

    Was definitely delicious. I added ricotta cheese, spinach and 5 Italian blend cheese. Will definitely make this again..

  • Annie says:

    I just made this and it is delicious! I’m just so bad at myself because I accidentally added 1 cup of cream instead of 1/2 cup. Do you think I altered the flavour a lot?

    • Amanda says:

      Actually, I think you will be just fine! Feel free to add a bit more chicken stock if it’s too thick and you can, of course, add more seasoning to fit your tastes.

  • Chris H says:

    My first time clicking through from IG to your blog. Love your writing style… Been a fan on IG for a long time already!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Chris!

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