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Lasagna Soup

Lasagna soup is loaded with all the familiar flavors of lasagna in soup form. It’s hearty, delicious, and sure to become a new favorite.

Two bowls of lasagna soup on a wooden table, each topped with a dollop of ricotta cheese and basil

As soon as Christmas is over, I pretty much go from baking up all the sweets to full-on soup mode.

Give me a bowl of hearty soup, a fresh salad loaded with veggies and a piece of baguette and I’m pretty much in winter dinner heaven.

One of my absolute favorite soups to make at this time of year is this delicious Lasagna Soup.

Ingredients for lasagna soup arranged on a wooden table

WHAT IS LASAGNA SOUP?

No, Lasagna soup isn’t a piece of lasagna turned into soup. But it is a soup filled with all of the flavors that you’d add to a pan of lasagna!

If you’ve ever had skillet lasagna, you are probably familiar with taking all of the elements of a traditional lasagna and putting them into a weeknight-friendly dish.

After all, homemade lasagna is delicious but it isn’t exactly quick to make. This soup though? Definitely something you could make on a weeknight.

Cooked farfalle pasta in a metal strainer

This Lasagna Soup has a rich tomato broth and is packed with ground beef, farfalle pasta, garlic, oregano, basil, parmesan cheese, and a smidge of heavy cream. I love to top it with a bit of ricotta to really drive home that lasagna feel.

If your family loves pasta – and you like to keep it simple with easy recipes like One-Pot Spaghetti – this soup is sure to be a hit!

Onions sauteeing in a red dutch oven for lasagna soup

HOW TO MAKE LASAGNA SOUP

Don’t be freaked out by the ingredients list for this soup. It looks long, but it’s mostly spices and herbs you probably keep in your pantry already:

  • 8 ounces farfalle noodles
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pound ground beef (or a combination of ground beef and sweet Italian sausage, casings removed)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 24-ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, chopped, or 2 tablespoons dried basil, plus thinly sliced leaves for topping
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese (plus more for sprinkling, optional)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Ricotta cheese, for topping
Cooked ground beef and onions in a red dutch oven

Start by cooking your pasta in plenty of salted water. After draining the cooked pasta, toss it with a bit of olive oil and set them aside.

Grab your favorite heavy-bottomed soup pot and heat some olive oil over medium heat. Cook the onion, then add the ground beef (and sausage, if you’re using it), garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and a healthy sprinkle of salt and pepper. 

Tomato broth for lasagna soup being stirred with a wooden spoon

Once the meat is nicely browned, add the broth, pasta sauce, and water. Cover and bring the soup to a simmer. 

Uncover the pot and cook until the broth has slightly reduced, about 15 minutes. Stir in the noodles, basil, parmesan cheese, and heavy cream and continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Before serving, make sure to give the soup a taste and add more salt and/or pepper as needed.

Wooden spoon stirring lasagna soup in a red dutch oven

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

I love topping my Lasagna Soup with a dollop of ricotta cheese (you can even use homemade ricotta to be extra impressive!) and a sprinkle of fresh basil.

To make this a full meal, add a salad and some Garlic and Herb Pull-Apart Bread or Garlic and Herb Parker House Rolls.

Large red dutch oven filled with lasagna soup

MAKE-AHEAD AND FREEZING TIPS

If you want to prep this soup ahead of time, there are a few ways to do this.

Cook the pasta and brown the onion and ground beef the night before. Store them in separate containers in the refrigerator until you’re ready to finish making the soup.

You could also make the soup up until the point of adding the noodles, cream, and cheese. Cool the soup down and refrigerate in an airtight container. When ready to serve, bring the soup back to a simmer, then add the pasta, cream, and cheese and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until nice and hot.

Ladle scooping up lasagna soup from a red dutch oven full of soup

This is also a great way to take the soup to a friend or neighbor in need of a hot meal. Package up the broth and the cooked pasta, then measure out the cream and cheese. Write down instructions for reheating when they’re ready to eat.

You can also freeze your Lasagna Soup. Freeze leftovers in small containers so you can grab them and have the perfect amount for lunch.

If you want to freeze a whole batch of soup, once again stop before adding the pasta, then cool and freeze. 

When you’re ready to eat, thaw the soup and finish off the soup with freshly cooked pasta, cream, and cheese.

This Lasagna Soup will warm you up from the inside out – perfect for a cold winter meal!

Close up of lasagna soup in a white bowl, topped with a spoonful of ricotta cheese
Close up of lasagna soup in a white bowl, topped with a spoonful of ricotta cheese

Lasagna Soup

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Lasagna soup is loaded with all the familiar flavors of lasagna in soup form. It’s hearty, delicious, and sure to become a new favorite.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces farfalle noodles
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pound ground beef (or a combination of ground beef and sweet Italian sausage, casings removed)
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 24-ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, chopped, or 2 tablespoons dried basil, plus thinly sliced leaves for topping
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese (plus more for sprinkling, optional)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Ricotta cheese, for topping

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook according to package directions. Drain; drizzle with olive oil and toss. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and cook, stirring constantly, until softened and translucent, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the sausage (if using), ground beef, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes and a healthy sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  5. Cook over medium-high heat stirring and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until it is nicely browned, about 7-10 minutes.
  6. Add the chicken broth, pasta sauce and 1 cup water; cover and bring to a simmer.
  7. Uncover and cook until slightly reduced, about 15 minutes. Stir in the noodles, basil, parmesan and heavy cream. Simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  8. Serve topped with ricotta and fresh basil.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 457Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 96mgSodium 1437mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 4gSugar 8gProtein 30g

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James

Thursday 26th of November 2015

This soup was one of the best soups I have ever tasted and easy to make. Thank you

Jamie

Tuesday 12th of January 2016

Thank you, James! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Paula

Wednesday 11th of November 2015

That's my next soup!  Definitely...just saying.  As for the Starbucks controversy, if this is the worst problem we ever have, what's the problem?  We are just too spoiled!  Think of the homeless, think of the Syrian refugees, think of the Brailizan rainforest, for Pete's sake!

JulieD

Wednesday 11th of November 2015

This soup looks amazing! I have to make it soon!

And Jamie, I agree with you...I wish people would care about stuff that matters. xo

Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

You nailed it on the head about what is truly important, especially around the holidays. I'm sure my family would love to gather around the table together with a bowl of this cozy soup.

Kristen

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

I am so over the whole Starbucks red cup debacle! I'm totally with you on this one... and with you on this soup! Now, this is a brilliant idea for a soup!

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