Who doesn't love the warm, savory flavors of a home-cooked lasagna? Unfortunately, making lasagna can be quite a process and not feasible for a quick weeknight meal. But worry not; this Lasagna Soup Recipe is here to the rescue!
This recipe puts a comforting and delicious twist on an Italian classic that still captures your favorite lasagna's integral elements. Imagine all the tastes of the classic lasagna — the rich tomato sauce, the perfectly seasoned beef, the sautéd onions and garlic, and melted cheese— all in a warming, hearty soup. It's a one-pot recipe, easy, and can be ready in no time flat.
Why This Recipe Works
As the cool weather settles in, I often find myself craving heartwarming comfort foods, but cooking them for just myself or a small family can be quite a challenge. However, I've discovered this amazing Lasagna Soup recipe, which has completely changed my game. It returns every nostalgic note of my favorite lasagna dish without the toil and time of crafting each layer.
I love how the familiar flavors come to life in each spoonful:
- The perfectly seasoned meat
- The dance of aromatic herbs
- The melty cheese
- The satisfying pasta bites
With every simmer and stir, I appreciate the effortless process of preparing this soup. There is no need for intensive layering or baking, yet it still delivers everything one could want from a lasagna. It's a delightful dish that'll make you feel warm inside and out.
Instead of layered pasta, cheese, and sauce, we'll be using the same key ingredients found in lasagna to create a flavorful foundation:
- Ground beef or Italian sausage adds protein and heartiness.
- Onion and Garlic cloves add flavor and aroma.
- Salt and Pepper for seasoning
- Olive oil for sautéing
- Fresh Basil and Oregano for a botanical note
- Diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and marinara sauce for a robust, umami depth
For a vegetarian option, ground turkey or plant-based meat substitutes can be used instead of regular ground beef or sausage.
Preparation: Simplicity is Key
Preparing the soup is a breeze with our easy lasagna soup recipe. Like classic lasagna, it starts with browning the meat in olive oil, and sautéing onions and garlic in a large pot or a Dutch oven. Then, the ground meat, tomatoes, tomato paste, and marinara sauce are added to the mixture, stirred, and brought to a boil. Simmer to meld these flavorful ingredients together.
This soup includes the trademark layers of cheese found in typical lasagna. Mozzarella, ricotta, and Parmesan cheese are blended to create a cheese mixture that is dolloped right into the bubbling soup.
As for the lasagna noodles are broken into smaller, bite-size pieces, cooked separately, and added to the soup just before serving. This prevents the noodles from turning mushy while the soup simmers.
Serve this soup hot, right out of the pot, ensuring each bowl gets a good amount of the cheesy mixture and noodles. Top with freshly chopped parsley or basil and a little extra Parmesan. Serve with good Italian bread to sop up some soup to round out the meal.
There you go! It is an easy and comforting lasagna soup made on a stovetop, in a crockpot, or even in an instant pot. It's versatile, delicious, and quick to make. It's a comfort meal that tastes like a classic lasagna without the effort and time of baking one. Enjoy your comforting bowl of goodness!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 5 cups water
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
- ¾ cup chopped green bell pepper
- ½ cup diced onion
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon basil
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Fresh Parsley or Basil
- Over medium heat, cook the ground beef in a large pot until browned; drain.
- Add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the cheese.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes.
- Add the cheese and continue cooking for another 15 minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 89mgSodium: 284mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 28g