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Crockpot Lasagna Soup

Oct 20, 2022
Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup made with ground beef, sausage, spinach and three types of cheese! The perfect easy dinner for those cold winter nights!

We are in soup mode at our house and surprisingly, my kids have been loving it. This lasagna soup was a huge hit as was Creamy White Chicken Chili and even Authentic New Orleans Gumbo (not truly a soup but a total winner!).

How to Make Lasagna Soup:

1. Brown the meat. In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and sausage until browned. Season with salt and pepper as you cook. Drain grease and remove meat from the pot.

2. Cook onion and garlic. In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Toss in diced onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in minced garlic and cook for another minute or two.

3. Add sauce and spices. Stir in tomato paste, marinara sauce, spices, and broth. Return meat to the pot.

4. Add lasagna noodles. Bring the pot to a boil then add lasagna noodles (broken into 4ths) to pot and reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until noodles are tender. Add spinach, if using.

5. Combine cheeses. In a small bowl, stir together mozzarella, Parmesan and ricotta cheeses.

6. Serve warm. Ladle the hot soup into bowls, and dollop a scoop of the cheese mixture on top. Garnish with fresh basil.

Ingredients

1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound ground Italian sausage
salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
1 yellow onion , chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic , minced
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 recipe homemade marinara sauce (or 24 ounce marinara sauce)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons dried parsley , chopped (or 2 tsp dried)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoons dried basil
7 cups low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
9 lasagna noodles , broken into pieces
2 cups fresh spinach leaves (optional),
10 ounces ricotta cheese (or cottage cheese)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
fresh basil , for serving

Instructions

In a large pot over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and sausage until browned. Season with salt and pepper as you cook. Drain grease and remove meat from the pot.
In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Toss in diced onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in minced garlic and cook for another minute or two.
Stir in tomato paste, marinara sauce, spices, and broth. Return meat to pot.
Bring to boil then add lasagna noodles (broken into 4ths) to potand reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until noodlesare tender. Add spinach, if using.
In a small bowl, stir together mozzarella, Parmesan and ricotta cheeses
Ladle the hot soup into bowls, and dollop a scoop of the cheese mixture on top. Garnish with fresh basil

Notes

Store lasagna soup covered, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Make ahead instructions: Make the recipe up to step 4. Do not add the noodles to the pot. Store the soup in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, start at step 5, bringing the soup to a boil and cooking the noodles at that point. it back up on the stove. Serve with a dollop of cheese.

Freezing instructions:

Freeze lasagna soup without the cheese. Place soup in a freezer safe container and freeze for 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat slowly on the stovetop. If you are making this recipe specifically for freezing, you may choose to make the noodles fresh once ready to serve (see make ahead instructions).
Vegetarian Lasagna Soup: Omit the sausage and ground beef and add more chopped vegetables to step 3 (cooking with onion and garlic). I recommend zucchini, mushrooms, and yellow squash.
Vegan Lasagna Soup: Omit the sausage and ground beef and add more chopped vegetables to step 3 (cooking with onion and garlic). I recommend zucchini, mushrooms, and yellow squash. Substitute the cheese with homemade cashew ricotta.
Pasta substitutions: Substitute any type of pasta for the broken lasagna noodles!