Lasagna Soup

With spring officially arriving last weekend, this house could pretty much assume that soup would be a rarity for a few months. I’m just not the kind to put a hot pot on the stove during the spring and summer, unless we have some unseasonably cool weather. My husband, on the other hand, would welcome a cup of hot chili or soup almost any day of the year.

But just as soon as spring finally decided to peek out, it disappeared.


Nowhere to be found.

When we awoke Wednesday morning, it was to the broadcast of yet another winter storm warning. The midwest was cold and once again blanketed in snow. It’s been one heckuva white winter in these parts!

But you know the saying…“if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”

So I made soup!

I found this Lasagna Soup recipe in our local Kowalski’s Markets magazine, originally from the cookbook 300 Sensational Soups. I’ve always had good luck with recipes that Kowalski’s prints, but what especially caught my eye was that Chef Sarah Molten named 300 Sensational Soups as one of the top cookbooks of the year on Good Morning America’s Top 10 List for 2008. And one of the book’s co-authors is a local Minnesotan. I really felt the need to taste this soup!

The soup is truly like lasagna in a bowl. The flavors are lovely. And the cheesy concoction that gets hot soup ladeled over it in your bowl is yum! Kinda like this Chicken Tortilla Soup with its hidden mozzarella surprise. Only in Italian this time!

I substituted mafalda pasta for the recipe’s fusilli, because aren’t they just the cutest mini lasagna looking noodles you ever did see? I couldn’t resist!

And after picking up 300 Sensational Soups, I know I will be trying more recipes from this book. There are many calling my name.

But, next week, folks…I promise you’ll be seeing spring around here. Even if all I see outside is white.

If you’re looking for a slow cooker version of this lasagna soup, be sure to check out my Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup with Chicken and Mushrooms!

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Lasagna Soup

Yield: 8 servings


for the soup:

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1-1/2 lbs. Italian sausage
  • 3 c. chopped onions
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 T. tomato paste
  • 1 28-oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 c. chicken stock
  • 8 oz. mafalda or fusilli pasta
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

for the cheesy yum:

  • 8 oz. ricotta
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • pinch of freshly ground pepper
additional cheesy yum:
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese


For a slow cooker version of this soup, be sure to check out my Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup with Chicken and Mushrooms !

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add sausage, breaking up into bite sized pieces, and brown for about 5 minutes. Add onions and cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomato paste and stir well to incorporate. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the tomato paste turns a rusty brown color.

Add diced tomatoes, bay leaves, and chicken stock. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add uncooked pasta and cook until al dente. Do not over cook or let soup simmer for a long period of time at this point, as the pasta will get mushy and absorb all the soup broth. You may even want to consider cooking the noodles separately, and then adding some to individual bowls before ladling the soup over them. This would be an especially smart move if you are anticipating any leftovers. Right before serving, stir in the basil and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

While the pasta is cooking, prepare the cheesy yum. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan, salt, and pepper.

To serve, place a dollop of the cheesy yum in each soup bowl, sprinkle some of the mozzarella on top and ladle the hot soup over the cheese.

adapted from 300 Sensational Soups by Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds, as seen in the February-April 2011 edition of At Home with Kowalski's magazine fromKowalski’s Markets.

I’m linking up with:

Cheryl at TidyMom for “I’m Lovin’ It”
Kim at Quit Eating Out for Saturday Swap”
Rachel at A Southern Fairytale for “Mouthwatering Mondays”.



701 Responses to “Lasagna Soup”

  1. #
    Shannon — February 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I never comment on blogs…never! But I feel compelled to tell you how much I love this recipe!!! I found it on pinterest quite awhile ago, and I’ve been making it every other month or so since I found it. It’s amazing!! It’s on the stove as we speak…Thank you!!

    • Brenda replied on February 13th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Wonderful! So nice to hear how much you liked this soup. Thanks, Shannon! :)

      • Destiny replied on April 12th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        What does “1 t of tamato paste” mean? As in, how much is that? I’m sorry, I’m new to the kitchen. :)

        • Brenda replied on April 15th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

          Hi Destiny! T. = tablespoon / tsp. = teaspoon

  2. #
    Kristy — February 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    My family LOVES this soup! My husband loves to eat it as leftovers more than the night I cook it. Yumm! I cheat a little and use the Philadelphia cooking cream (Italian and herb) instead of the cheesy yum because my hubby is not a fan of ricotta. But add a little mozzarella and it’s fantastic! Thanks for introducing me to a new family staple….

  3. #
    sarah — February 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Best soup we have had in a long time. So good.

  4. #
    Kristina — March 16, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I’ve made this recipe numerous times and love it! I’ve never taken the time to post a comment and I made myself take a few minutes today to thank you for a VERY YUMMY soup recipe. I’m waking up to another snow storm in Michigan and I’m going to make this yummy soup tonight. This is one of my go to soup recipes- I love it, my family loves it, my friends love it!

    • Brenda replied on March 19th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      So great to hear from you, Kristina – thank you so much for letting me know. What a great soup for a snow storm!!

  5. #
    Elizabeth — March 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I had to comment because this soup is awesome! I love, love, love the cheesy yum. This is a go to for me!

    • Brenda replied on March 25th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      I’m so glad you like it, too – thanks, Elizabeth! :)

  6. #
    Carissa — March 31, 2013 at 2:54 am

    This recipe was amazing. My husband said “this is the best soup I’ve ever had”. I thought that was really a good compliment. Something I changed…which wasn’t intended, I used a bunch of green onions rather than the regular onions.

    • Brenda replied on April 1st, 2013 at 10:51 am

      That’s fabulous to hear, Carissa – I’m so glad you liked it, too! :)

  7. #
    vickieleesmith — May 11, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I’m making this for Mothers Day and a Birthday party ;) This weekend, I’m sharing Lasagna soup. I just <3 it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all. <3

    • Brenda replied on May 11th, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Enjoy the soup, and Happy Mother’s Day! :)

  8. #
    Briana — May 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I tweak this and make it in my slow cooker. I use ground beef cause my hubby doesn’t like sausage and I brown that on the stove, along with the onions and garlic. Add a little tomato paste or sauce…whatever I have open at the time, and the oregano. Then toss it into my slow cooker with the stock and tomatoes. Cooks all day and then we put the pasta in at the end. Yum. I could eat this every day.

    • Brenda replied on May 25th, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Thanks for sharing how you make this in a slow cooker, as I’ve gotten alot of questions about it So glad you like this recipe, too. Have a great weekend!

    • mandi replied on September 11th, 2013 at 1:01 am

      that’s what i did too! the crock pot is just easier for me because of work, so i’m glad i was able to figure it out.
      i didn’t have any fresh herbs and really didn’t feel like driving to the store, so i used the dried ones i had in my cabinet, turned out so yummy. i was kind of unsure about the soup until i put it altogether with the cheese, that really made it come together. i will make this again!

  9. #
    Renee — July 11, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I love this recipe! The only changes I make are that I don’t use red pepper flakes because only one member of my household likes any sort of heat, and I also add 16 ounces of noodles simply because I don’t want to store a half of a box. The extra noodles soak up some of the broth which makes the soup less soupy… but my family likes it that way anyway!

  10. #
    Jami — July 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Made this tonight, it was a big hit! Even my autistic daughter ate it :)

  11. #
    Meghann Jenkins — July 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I was thinking about making this tonight and I was ust wondering if I could ground beef instead? Im guessing the sausage has spices added in so I didnt know if I woukd need to add anything extra or not. Other then that this looks great cant wait to try!

  12. #
    Phil M. — August 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I made this recipe last night, and my wife and I loved it. The only change we decided to make on our next soup was less meat in the dish. Reason, we plan to put in more pasta, which we cook outside the soup, and more yum cheese. Thanks for posting the recipe, we plan to make this often.

  13. #
    wadehuntley — August 10, 2013 at 4:31 am

    I love a good bowl of soup. I cant wait to try this recipe. maybe with a good garlic boule. thanks.

  14. #
    shava — August 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Could you freeze this? It is my daughter’s favorite so I am going to try to, but wondered if anyone else has? THanks!

    • Elizabeth replied on October 5th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      I bet if you freeze it w/o the noodles, and add those after you thaw/reheat it might work.

  15. #
    patti — August 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    this recipe is fantastic!! it was easy to make and tastes perfect…the cheese is delicious. thank you so much for sharing!!

  16. #
    Amy — August 31, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Fantastic! Quite possibly the yummiest thing to come out of my kitchen. My toddler loved it as much as I did! No ricotta on hand, but plain Greek yogurt was a great alternative. Definitely making this again. Thank you!

  17. #
    Amanda Dennis — September 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Hi! I’ve made this soup in the past and loved it!! But I’ve recently started eating healthier and losing weight. Now that it’s heading into fall/winter I would luv to make this again… Do u have any idea what the nutrition facts are on this recipe? Also what does everyone think about substituting ground turkey for the sausage?

    Amanda :)

    • Brenda replied on September 7th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Amanda! I do not track nutrition counts on my recipes, sorry. And I think you would be just fine substituting ground turkey or shredded chicken in this recipe. I would probably just add a bit of extra Italian seasonings, as the Italian sausage gives this soup so much flavor.

  18. #
    Soup Lover — September 8, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    This is definitely one of the best soups our family has ever had and we are soup LOVERS! This soup is amazingly delicious!

  19. #
    Nicole — September 29, 2013 at 4:00 am

    This soup is so delicious. The only change I would make is to drain the meat before I add the onions and garlic. I had to skim a good bit off before I served it. It was still awesome though!

  20. #
    bluejeans — October 1, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Is three cups of onions correct?

    • Brenda replied on October 6th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Yes, it’s correct. This recipe makes a good amount of soup. Unless you really don’t like onions, I wouldn’t use any less.

  21. #
    May — October 12, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I finally made this this weekend! It wasn’t even a cold night, but it got me out of making fresh lasagna for the fiancé. And it was so much better than a boring old lasagna- i got three kisses of approval! ;) Still have some in the fridge! I’m thinking school lunch!

    • Brenda replied on October 14th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      I love to hear this, May. Enjoy!!

  22. #
    Jesse — October 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Fiance and I love this soup. It’s dropping down to 37 tonight here in Oklahoma.. Brrr. I wanted to make it again for the chill so I googled Lasagna Soup and made sure to add Cheesy Yum to the search bar so that I found yours :) I need to write this one down, or at least take a screenshot so I never forget it.

    • Brenda replied on October 22nd, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Isn’t that Cheesy Yum fabulous?! Thanks for coming back to let me know! :)

  23. #
    Terri @ Terri's Table — October 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm


    My name is Terri Powers and I am a fellow blogger. A woman named Donna Massey Bird has created a new group called Bird House Recipe Sharing and is moving all of the content of an old group that was shut down by Facebook to the new group called Bird House Recipe Sharing which is an open group for now. She steals photographs and recipes from bloggers like you and me, then claims them as her own without linking back or giving credit to the original source. I suggest you visit this group before she changes it to closed or secret. Here is the content that I found and believe may belong to you.
    I hope you considering helping to stop this woman by reporting this to Facebook.

    By the way, I’ve made this from your recipe. Delicious!

  24. #
    Ashley — November 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    We LOVE this soup! I tweaked this time for a lower fat option (I’m following weight watchers) and used 2lbs of fresh ground hot italian chicken sausage (Sprouts carries this near us) and whole wheat fusili, with just a sprinkle of cheese (7 WW points plus for those who do weight watchers — for a heaping 1.5 cups of soup and a half cup of whole wheat pasta).

  25. #
    Melissa — November 20, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Tried this tonight for the first time….I am a terrible cook, and I got rave reviews for this recipe….THANKS!!! you make me look good! :) We loved it! And the cheesy yum was AWESOME!!!

    • Brenda replied on November 22nd, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      That’s awesome, Melissa! So glad everyone liked it, and that you were left shining in the process!

  26. #
    Melissa — November 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Was also wondering if you know the nutrition info?

    • Brenda replied on November 22nd, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Sorry, Melissa. I don’t include nutrition info on my recipes.

  27. #
    Angela — November 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Hi Heather,

    I made lasagna soup, thanks to your inspiration! Mine was a combination of both yours and a recipe from the Food Network Magazine.

    I’m happy to have found your blog and recipes, keep up the good work!


    • Brenda replied on November 22nd, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Nice to meet you, Angela – so glad you liked this soup, too!

  28. #
    Ashley — December 1, 2013 at 12:34 am

    How long do would you cook it in the slow cooker? And how long would you let the noodles it once you added them?

  29. #
    Toni — December 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    My husband and I Love this Soup, he loves lasagna and I love soup on cold Colorado nights. Burrrrrr. 1* at this time…….seems a bit early, so happy to have this soup to warm us up!

  30. #
    Mommak — December 16, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Love you recipe! And you :). Lovely. A family favourite.

    Is this your personal photo? Bc it’s all over fb with a different recipe attached to it, FYI.

    • Brenda replied on December 18th, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks, Mommak. Yes, these are my own original photos. I am aware that this recipe and my photo are being used alot, mostly without my permission. I simply cannot keep up with everyone stealing my content, especially this one. Thank you for letting me know, though.

  31. #
    Monica — January 3, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Just fixed this tonight. Yummy! Tweaked a little bit, instead of tomato paste and diced tomatoes used a jar of marinara. Thank you!

  32. #
    Suzy — January 4, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    This soup is great for a snowy day in Paradise Valley, Montana too.
    Delicious soup. Thank uou for a wonderful recipe.

    • Brenda replied on January 8th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      So glad you liked it! :)

  33. #
    Betsy — January 5, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Just tried this tonight– fantastic!!!!! Hubby loved it too. Will definitely go on our regular rotation!

    • Brenda replied on January 8th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Yay! Thanks for letting me know…enjoy!

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    Angela — January 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Hey, just wanted to let you know a Facebook page has posted your recipe and photo without giving you credit:
    They also claim in their post that it is from a cookbook they sell. I tried to report the post as an intellectual property theft, but apparently only the content creator can do that. Good luck!

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    Carey — January 13, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Excellent recipe, my family loves this soup. Easy, cheesy, delicious. Using fat free ricotta & turkey sausage makes it a little healthier, but it still tastes incredibly decadent. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  37. #
    ambe freitag — January 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    has anyone substituted the chicken broth/stock for beef?

    • Brenda replied on January 28th, 2014 at 7:08 am

      I have not tried that, but think it would be great!

  38. #
    Karen — January 28, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Our family loves this soup! We have been having it at least once/month, and even my picky girls eat it. It has also been my go to soup to bring to friends. I added the ingredients to myfitnesspal and I come up with approx. 350 cal/2 cup serving, not including the cheesy yum. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

  39. #
    Judy — January 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I’ve been making this soup for awhile now, Love it!

    This winter, I made an accidental variation on it!
    Your original is linked. Check it out!

  40. #
    Julie — January 30, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Crazy good. My husband took one bite and said, “this is a do-over.” Thank you for sharing!

  41. #
    Beth — February 10, 2014 at 6:56 am

    This soup is delish! My family LOVED it and so did I. A keeper for sure.

  42. #
    Lynn — February 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Just making another pot of this delicious soup to keep us warm during yet another snowstorm. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

    • Brenda replied on February 15th, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      Yay! :)

  43. #
    Julie K. — March 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I can’t remember if I commented on this already, but I love this soup! Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Brenda replied on March 29th, 2014 at 11:11 am

      So happy you like it, too!! :)

  44. #
    Andrea S — March 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    This soup is so delicious. It is absolutely delicious!! It is very easy to make. I strongly suggest cooking the pasta separately for leftovers!


    • Brenda replied on March 29th, 2014 at 11:12 am

      So glad you liked this, Andrea!

  45. #
    Shanna — March 26, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I’m trying the lasagna soup this week when the Spring weather turns cold again- just like your story. And guess what- I’m in SD! Looking forward to it!

    • Brenda replied on March 29th, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Hope you like it, Shanna! Yay, SD! :)

  46. #
    Kelly — April 23, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    HANDS DOWN my fav Pin. The only recipe from Pinterest I’ve made (countless) times now. I do add fresh mushrooms and spinach, but any way it’s ridiculous.

  47. #
    Amanda — May 6, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Amazing super yummy soup!! I added some grated carrots and zucchini for extra veggies as well as a little brown sugar! Love love love it!

  48. #
    Angie — May 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    The lasagna soup was very good and very easy to make. I didn’t have ricotta as a topping but it was good with parmesan sprinkled on top instead. Not a lot of ingredients but a lot of taste. It will probably be even better the next day when the flavors have settled in.

  49. #
    Rose — May 19, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I am making this today. Double batch so we can have it for a couple meals. Haven’t made it for a couple of months. (Klements Italian Sausage is on sale this week for $1.99 – makes for a good excuse to make it again) My husband LOVES this recipe.

    Instead of 1 T of tomato paste, I used the whole can. Makes it a little bit more tomatoey . but we like it that way.

    I have passed the recipe on to many people, even strangers in the store. Much easier than making baked lasagna, and my husband says it is better.,
    I usually cook the noodles separately so I can have leftovers without soggy noodles.

    • Brenda replied on May 21st, 2014 at 7:46 am

      I’m so glad you like this recipe, Rose. Thank you for letting me know and sharing it with friends and strangers! :)

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