This easy Lasagna Soup recipe has all the ooey-gooey cheesiness and meaty richness of traditional lasagna in one big bowl! It's a hearty soup that can be made in just 30 minutes for when you are craving lasagna but don't have the time for layering and baking one. Serve with breadsticks and a copycat Olive Garden salad and you've got a delicious and satisfying meal!

If it's chilly where you live and you are craving a big bowl of comforting soup, be sure to also try our Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, Homemade Tomato Basil Soup, and Cheeseburger Soup next.

I love soup. And I love lasagna. So this one pot lasagna soup is the ultimate, in my opinion.

Lasagna is incredible when it comes out of the oven all hot and bubbling, but it usually involves dirtying a lot of dishes and at least an hour or more to create those craveable layers of pasta, meaty sauce, and melted cheese.

Which, don't get me wrong, is totally worth it. Sometimes. Other times, it's cold and blustery out and I find myself craving lasagna without all the work that goes into it. Enter this one pot lasagna soup.

Why This Recipe Works

  • You get all the flavor and texture of lasagna with way less work, fewer dishes, and a lot less time.
  • Although the ingredient list is long, it's mostly pantry staples utilizing dried herbs to develop the flavor of the broth.

Ingredient Notes

This is a quick overview of some of the important ingredients you'll need for this lasagna soup recipe. Specific measurements and full recipe instructions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Meat: I like to use a combination of mild Italian sausage and lean ground beef in this lasagna soup recipe. It makes for a substantial, satisfying meal with tons of hearty flavor.
  • Lasagna noodles: Broken up dried lasagna noodles are added to really get across that classic lasagna taste and texture in soup form. But other pasta shapes like farfalle, mafalda (they look like mini lasagna noodles!), or even shells will work here.
  • Vegetables: We pack in the vegetables in the form of onion, carrots, and zucchini, plus plenty of diced and crushed tomatoes for flavor and texture.
  • Herbs & spices: Don't be overwhelmed by the length of the list of recipe ingredients as most of them are just plenty of Italian herbs and spices like dried basil, oregano, rosemary, fennel, thyme. They create that classic lasagna taste that everybody loves.
  • Cheese: Mozzarella and parmesan are added to the soup base, then ricotta is dolloped over individual servings for melty, cheesy goodness, just like a plate of lasagna.
Ingredients for lasagna soup.

How to Make Lasagna Soup

Start by browning ground beef, Italian sausage, and chopped onion in a large dutch oven or other heavy bottomed pot. Break up the meat as it cooks so you don't end up with any large chunks.

Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste to the pot, then pour in half of the chicken broth. The different types of tomatoes provide depth of flavor and different texture, but you could get away with all crushed or all diced tomatoes if that's what you have on hand.

Add the chopped vegetables and herbs, then stir together and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.

At this point, you may want to portion out some of the soup for eating later, rather than adding the noodles all at once. Otherwise they will continue to absorb the broth after the soup is done and you will end up with mushy lasagna noodles when you reheat leftovers.

Add the broken up lasagna noodles to the soup, along with the remaining chicken broth and continue to cook just until the noodles are al dente.

Sprinkle the grated mozzarella cheese into the soup and stir so it gets all melty and gooey. Be sure to taste and adjust seasonings if needed.

Once the soup is done, serve it with dollops of ricotta cheese on top and a sprinkle of fresh chopped basil or parsley and some additional parmesan cheese.

An overhead image of a pot of lasagna soup with a large wooden spoon in it.

Recipe FAQ's

Can I make lasagna soup in the crock pot?

Sure! You will need to brown the meat and onions first in a skillet. Then transfer this to a slow cooker and add the tomatoes, chicken broth, herbs, and spices. Cook on LOW for up to 8 hours. During the last 20-30 minutes, stir in the lasagna noodles and cook until they are al dente. Stir in the cheese just before serving.

Can I make lasagna soup in the Instant Pot?

To make this recipe with an electric pressure cooker, use the SAUTE feature to brown the meat and onions. Then press cancel and add the tomatoes, chicken broth, herbs, and spices. Cover with the lid and seal, the press SOUP and cook for 15 minutes. Press CANCEL then do a quick release and add the pasta, pushing it down into the soup. Cover with the lid and seal again, then press SOUP and cook for another 8 minutes. Press CANCEL and do another quick release. Stir in the mozzarella cheese, then serve with the ricotta cheese dollops on top.

Storage & Reheating

If you think you might have leftovers, I have two recommendations for storing and reheating so you don't end up with mushy lasagna noodles.

The first is to cook the noodles separately in a pot of salted, boiling water until al dente, then add them to individual bowls and ladling the soup over the top of the noodles. This way you can store the cooked noodles and soup separately for easy reheating later in the week. They will both keep in the fridge for about 5-7 days.

The second approach is to separate out the soup that you think will not be eaten right away and store this in the fridge or freezer until you want to eat it. This is best done after adding the vegetables but before adding the noodles. Store the unfinished soup in the fridge or freeze for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to eat the leftover soup, just reheat it to boiling on the stove over medium to medium-high heat and add the noodles to cook until al dente.

Freezing

This soup freezes really well without the noodles. Just let it cool to room temperature, then transfer to a freezer-safe container leaving an inch of space at the top and freeze.

Tips & Variations

  • Lightened-up version: If you want to cut back on calories a bit with this lasagna soup, you could easily sub in ground turkey and cut back on the cheese. It won't be quite as lasagna-y, but it's still a phenomenal (and much lighter) soup that way.
  • Look for loose Italian sausage so you don't have to remove it from its casings to make things easier.
  • If you leftover ricotta cheese, whip up some Lemon Ricotta Pancakes for breakfast the next day!
  • Italian seasoning: If you want to save time or are missing any of the herbs, you could simply use 2-3 Tablespoons of Italian seasoning blend in place of the dried herbs.

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Best Lasagna Soup Recipe

5 from 16 votes
Amy Nash
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 servings
One pot lasagna soup has all the wonderful cheesy, meaty richness of a lasagna, but in soup form!  It's easy and a perfect, hearty soup for a cold day!

Ingredients
  

  • ½ pound mild Italian sausage, loose or casings removed
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 8-10 cups chicken broth divided
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 14.5 ounces fire-roasted or diced tomatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 large carrot peeled and diced
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8-10 lasagna noodles broken into pieces (about 8 ounces pasta)
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese grated
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces Ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh basil thinly sliced for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a dutch oven or large pot, combine the Italian sausage, ground beef and onions and brown over medium heat, breaking up the meat into small chunks while it cooks, until meat is no longer pink. Add the minced garlic right at the end and stir into the meat and onions, cooking for another 30-60 seconds and drain any excess fat from the pan.
  • Add 6 cups of the chicken broth, along with the crushed and diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chopped carrot and zucchini, and all the herbs and spices. Stir, then bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the broken lasagna noodles to the soup (see note about setting aside some of the soup first if you don't plan to have leftovers) and continue to cook until the vegetables are tender and the pasta is al dente (about 8-12 minutes).
  • Discard bay leaf and stir in the remaining 2-4 cups of chicken broth until the soup is the consistency you like it.
  • Remove from the heat and sprinkle the mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top. Stir the cheese into the soup for a minute or two until it has had a chance to melt, then divide the soup into bowls.
  • Drop small dollops of Ricotta cheese over the top of each serving and sprinkle with a few strips of basil and additional parmesan cheese to serve.

Notes

  • Storage & reheating Option 1: Cook the noodles separately in a pot of salted, boiling water until al dente, then add them to individual bowls and ladling the soup over the top of the noodles. This way you can store the cooked noodles and soup separately for easy reheating later in the week. They will both keep in the fridge for about 5-7 days or freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Storage & reheating Option 2: Separate out the soup that you think will not be eaten right away and store this in the fridge or freezer until you want to eat it. This is best done after adding the vegetables but before adding the noodles. Store the unfinished soup in the fridge or freeze for up to 3 months. When you are ready to eat the leftover soup, just reheat it to boiling on the stove over medium to medium-high heat and add the noodles to cook until al dente.
  • Crockpot Instructions: Brown the meat and onions first in a skillet. Then transfer this to a slow cooker and add the tomatoes, chicken broth, herbs, and spices. Cook on LOW for up to 8 hours. During the last 20-30 minutes, stir in the lasagna noodles and cook until they are al dente. Stir in the cheese just before serving.
  • Instant Pot Instructions: To make this recipe with an electric pressure cooker, use the SAUTE feature to brown the meat and onions. Then press cancel and add the tomatoes, chicken broth, herbs, and spices. Cover with the lid and seal, the press SOUP and cook for 15 minutes. Press CANCEL then do a quick release and add the pasta, pushing it down into the soup. Cover with the lid and seal again, then press SOUP and cook for another 8 minutes. Press CANCEL and do another quick release. Stir in the mozzarella cheese, then serve with the ricotta cheese dollops on top.
  • Lightened-up version: If you want to cut back on calories a bit with this lasagna soup, you could easily sub in ground turkey and cut back on the cheese. It won't be quite as lasagna-y, but it's still a phenomenal (and much lighter) soup that way.
  • Look for loose Italian sausage so you don't have to remove it from its casings to make things easier.
  • If you leftover ricotta cheese, whip up some Lemon Ricotta Pancakes for breakfast the next day!
  • Italian seasoning: If you want to save time or are missing any of the herbs, you could simply use 2-3 Tablespoons of Italian seasoning blend in place of the dried herbs.

Nutrition

Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 1886mg | Potassium: 1059mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2381IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 326mg | Iron: 5mg
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This post was originally published in October, 2016. The photos and content were updated in January, 2022.

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  1. 5 stars
    Now, that's what l call comfort food! One big bowl of this amazing soup, and you are nice and happy. I wouldn't have thought of such recipe, but it looks great.

  2. 5 stars
    I love lasagna soup, and this looks so good right now. You're right about needing to cook fresh lasagna noodles to go with leftovers. Al dente is the way to go!

  3. 5 stars
    This just looks insanely delicious -- and I love the no-layering, mass of dirty dishes aspect! Brilliant!

  4. 5 stars
    I want this soup. NOW. This looks like perfect Fall food. I'm thinking I'll make some and freeze some for later too 😉

  5. Yum, this looks like a lighter version of lasagna and a heartier version of a soup, best of both worlds!