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A bowl of lasagna soup with shredded cheese on top and basil garnish. A glass of wine and a hot roll are pictured next to the bowl.

Easy Lasagna Soup

  • Author: Nancy Blackstone
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Soups and Stews
  • Method: Stovetop or Crockpot
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This hearty, delicious, family-pleasing soup is so easy to make in either a pot on the stovetop or in the crockpot.


Ingredients

Scale

2 lbs. ground sweet Italian sausage

1 large yellow onion, cut into large diced cubes

2 carrots, peeled then sliced or diced into small pieces

4 cloves minced fresh garlic, or 2 tsp. minced garlic in jar

1 carton (32 oz.) low sodium chicken broth

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 cans (14.5 oz. ea.) stewed tomatoes

1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce

6 lasagna noodles, broken into 1-inch pieces

2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

1 cup cubed, low-moisture/part-skim mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

chopped fresh basil for topping and/or garnish


Instructions

  1. Brown Italian sausage in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula as it cooks. When meat is no longer pink, use a slotted spoon to transfer it to a 6 quart pot, reserving the cooking juices in the skillet.
  2. Add the diced onion and carrots to the same skillet and cook until softened, 4-5 minutes. Add garlic, cook one minute longer. Add the onion, carrots and garlic with the cooking juices into the pot with the meat.
  3. Pour in the chicken broth and tomato sauce; mix in the Italian seasoning and pepper.
  4. Using a food processor or immersion blender, pulse the stewed tomatoes 3-4 times until broken into bite-sized chunks. Add to the meat mixture.
  5. Bring ingredients in pot to a boil, turn down to low and cover. Simmer, stirring periodically, for 40 minutes.
  6. Stir in chopped spinach and lasagna noodles. Continue cooking for 20 minutes.
  7. When ready to serve, place 8-10 pieces of cubed mozzarella in the bottom of a serving bowl. Ladle soup on mozzarella, sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese and chopped basil.
  8. Serve with garlic bread or a hot loaf of bread and butter.

 


Notes

Crock Pot Instructions:

  • Follow steps 1-4 above, adding the ingredients to a 6 quart crock pot.
  • Set crock pot on low and cover; cook for 4-5 hours.
  • 30 minutes before serving, toss in spinach and lasagna noodles.
  • Place 8-10 pieces of cubed mozzarella to a serving bowl. Ladle soup over mozzarella, top with freshly grated parmesan and sprinkle with chopped basil.

Serving suggestion: Serve with a side salad and garlic bread, or a hot loaf of bread and butter

Keywords: Italian soup, lasagna, Italian stew, Italian sausage, dinner soup