Calling all lasagna lovers! Our One Pot Lasagna Soup has all the tastiness of lasagna in a creamy bowl of savory soup! Even better, it takes less than 30 minutes to make, and you'll only need to clean ONE pot! Note: this post contains affiliate links
What is Lasagna Soup?
Lasagna soup is just what is sounds like: lasagna in soup form! But instead of layering the ingredients in a pan and baking the lasagna, you put all the ingredients in a pot and cook til done (adding cheese at the very end)! It's much faster to make, and you don't have to wait as long to eat!
This tomato-based soup is loaded with all the traditional lasagna ingredients: ground meat, tomato sauce, lasagna noodles and cheese. And on a cold or rainy day, this soup is so much more satisfying than traditional lasagna!
This may look like a lot, but I bet you have at least 50% of these at home already. I had 57% and yes, I calculated that because I'm a huge dork.
Notes on ingredients:
- Meat - we like turkey (it's healthier), but ground beef, chicken or sausage are also great options.
- Tomato sauce - we love Newman's Own Marinara or Rao's Homemade Marinara!
- Chicken broth/stock - Better than Bouillon Organic Roasted Chicken Base is a great option because it has great flavor, lasts a long time, creates less waste, and take up less room in your fridge.
- Lasagna noodles - regular lasagna noodles are fine, but 'no boil' lasagna noodles will cook faster.
- [Optional: parsley makes a great garnish]
How to Make Lasagna Soup
It takes less than 30 minutes to make this soup and you'll only have to use ONE pot. There is minimal chopping for this recipe. So, the prep work is really just combining ingredients.
STEP 1: Sauté onions and garlic
We recommend using a large pot or Dutch Oven.
🥄 Kids Step: Your kids can help chop the onion. We recommend Curious Chef Knife Set, Opinel Knife, & Made for Me Beginner's Knife. And it's weird, but swimming goggles are great for protecting little eyes while chopping onions. Kids see it as a fun costume too.
STEP 2: Add in ground turkey
🥄 Kids Step: Have your kiddo use this Calphalon Potato Masher (or any similar tool you like) to break up the turkey as it cooks. It's a fun job.
STEP 3: Turn this into soup!
Add remaining ingredients (except cheese), bring to a boil, and then add pasta.
🥄 Kids Step: Kids can use a Pyrex measuring cup to measure out broth.
STEP 4: Create cheese topping
Finally, combine the cheeses and scoop cheese mixture onto each soup bowl.
🥄 Kids Step: Let kids do the scooping! This OXO Good Grips Cookie Scoop is fun to use for the cheese. They will love watching the cheese melt into the soup.
Tips for this One Pot Lasagna Soup
- Chop onions finely for faster cooking.
- It's important to break the uncooked noodles into thirds or even smaller. The bigger they are, the harder it is to eat the soup without having to grab a fork or knife.
- To make this more soup-y, increase the broth. The soup is pretty thick due to the pasta absorbing the broth as it cooks. If you have leftovers, plan to add more broth because it will have been completely absorbed by then.
- For a healthier lasagna soup, cut amount of cheese in half. Honestly, the recipe calls for way more cheese than you'll need. We saved the excess for other dishes.
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LASAGNA SOUP FAQ
Traditional lasagna noodles work best for lasagna soup. But you can use any pasta you'd like! To give our soup a true lasagna feel with a faster cooking time, we used 'no boil' lasagna noodles. If you prefer a smaller pasta, we also really like Mafalda noodles, which are like miniature lasagna noodles. Bow ties or fusilli would work nicely as well.
Yes, you can cook the pasta IN your pot of soup! Just be sure to cook your pasta according to the instructions on its packaging. Overcooking pasta can lead to mushy noodles. 'No boil' lasagna noodles will cook fastest.
If you plan to make ahead and/or freeze your lasagna soup, we recommend making your pasta separately and at the time you plan to serve your soup.
Any kind of ground meat will work nicely in lasagna soup, including ground turkey, beef, chicken or sausage. You may vary your seasoning accordingly.
Yes, lasagna soup freezes nicely in an air tight container. Just be sure to freeze the soup and cheese mixture separately. We also recommend cooking your noodles separate from the soup if you plan to freeze your lasagna soup. That way, the noodles won't be mushy from having absorbed your soup's broth.
What to Serve with Lasagna Soup?
We love garlic bread! Pepperidge Farm is our fave, and it only takes 8-9 mins in the oven. The best part about having bread with your soup is the dipping!
A simple garden salad pairs well with the soup. For my kids, my go-to side is sliced veggies with salad dressing as a dip. We have an awesome trick for cutting cucumbers for kids that you may want to check out.
More Soups to Try:
If you love this lasagna soup, try one of these delicious recipes next:
- Hearty Vegetable stew with Chickpeas & Ditalini
- Italian Wedding Soup
- The Best Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
- Potato Leek Soup
CRAFT FOR KIDS WHILE YOU COOK:
How to Make Sunflowers with Paper Plates and Pasta: Learn how to make sunflowers with the adorable paper plate and pasta craft! These DIY sunflowers make the best gifts or Spring decor!
The Best One Pot Lasagna Soup
- 2 T olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 t salt
- 1/4 t black pepper
- 1/4 can chopped tomatoes with green chilies
- 24 oz marinara sauce
- 2 t Italian seasoning
- 6 cups chicken broth/stock
- 8 oz 'no boil' lasagna noodles uncooked, broken into thirds
- 1 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 8 oz ricotta cheese
- [optional: parsley for garnish]
- Heat a large pot (or dutch oven) to low-medium. Once heated, add olive oil and onion. Cook for 2-3 mins, stirring frequently. Then add garlic and cook for 1 min more, stirring frequently.
- Increase heat to medium and add turkey, salt and pepper to pot, breaking up the meat with a spatula or potato masher as it cooks. Cook until no longer pink (~6 mins).
- Now add chopped tomatoes, marinara, Italian seasoning & stock/broth. Bring to a boil and add broken noodles. Cook noodles according to package, stirring occasionally.
- Meanwhile, combine all three cheeses in a medium bowl. Serve soup in bowl, with a scoop of the cheese mixture on top. Mix cheese into soup at the table.
- Chop onions finely for faster cooking.
- We used ground turkey, but you could also use beef, chicken or sausage.
- Add extra broth if soup seems too thick.
- 'No boil' lasagna noodles will cook faster than traditional lasagna noodles.
- Break dry noodles into thirds (or smaller) before cooking. Full size noodles are too hard to eat in a soup.
- The amount of cheese mixture can easily be reduced...it's a lot of cheese!
- Great sides are garlic bread, garden salad, or cut veggies with dip.