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Lasagna Soup {Slow Cooker or Stovetop}

Whip up this flavorful and easy lasagna soup in the slow cooker or on the stovetop!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword crockpot lasagna soup, easy lasagna soup, Lasagna Soup, slow cooker lasagna soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 cups
Calories 174kcal
Author Blair Lonergan

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans petite-diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 “No Boil” (“Oven Ready”) lasagna noodles (about 5 ½ ounces total), broken into bite-size pieces

Optional Topping:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra to taste
  • 1 tablespoon pesto
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil

Instructions

STOVETOP METHOD:

  • In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. When the oil is hot, add the ground beef, onion and bell pepper. Cook until the meat is no longer pink and the vegetables are soft, about 7-10 minutes. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning; cook for 30 seconds. Drain off the fat.
  • Add the tomatoes, marinara sauce, broth, water, and sugar, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot as you stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot with a lid; simmer the soup for 15 minutes.
  • Add the broken lasagna noodles to the pot. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the noodles are tender, about 7-10 minutes.
  • While the noodles cook, make the topping by stirring together the ricotta, Parmesan, and pesto in a small bowl. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Ladle the soup into serving bowls. Add a dollop of the ricotta mixture to each bowl; garnish with fresh herbs. Alternatively, you can just sprinkle grated Parmesan on top of each bowl.

SLOW COOKER METHOD:

  • In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. When the oil is hot, add the ground beef, onion and bell pepper. Cook until the meat is no longer pink and the vegetables are soft, about 7-10 minutes. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning; cook for 30 seconds. Drain off the fat.
  • Transfer the beef mixture to a slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, marinara sauce, broth and water.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or on HIGH for 2-3 hours. When there are about 30 minutes remaining in the cooking time, stir the broken lasagna noodles into the slow cooker. Give everything a good stir, cover with the lid, and continue cooking for the remaining 30 minutes, or until the noodles are tender.
  • While the noodles cook, make the topping by stirring together the ricotta, Parmesan, and pesto in a small bowl. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Ladle the soup into serving bowls. Add a dollop of the ricotta mixture to each bowl; garnish with fresh herbs. Alternatively, you can just sprinkle grated Parmesan on top of each bowl.

Notes

  • Substitute ground Italian sausage for the ground beef (or use a combination of the two).
  • Make chicken lasagna soup or turkey lasagna soup instead of using the ground beef.
  • Use chicken broth instead of beef broth.
  • Omit the ricotta topping and just sprinkle shredded mozzarella or grated Parmesan cheese on top of each bowl.
  • If using regular lasagna noodles (rather than the no-boil or oven-ready variety), cook the noodles in a separate pot of boiling water according to package instructions. Drain, and then add the cooked noodles to the pot of soup at the very end. You can omit the extra 1 cup of water in the recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup of soup (not including optional topping) | Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 710mg | Potassium: 617mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 704IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg