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The Best Lasagna Soup Recipe

Lasagna soup is one of my favorite ways to satisfy the craving for Lasagna with very little effort. All of your favorite lasagna ingredients are nestled in a rich, tomato-based broth and topped with creamy ricotta cheese and basil.

Soups like Chicken Tortilla Soup, creamy Tomato Soup, and of course this Lasagna Soup recipe are perfect to curl up to in the colder months.

Pot of Lasagna soup garnished with fresh basil

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What is Lasagna Soup?

Lasagna soup has all of the elements of a classic lasagna but instead of a thick tomato sauce, it all comes together in a rich and flavorful tomato broth where all of the flavors meld beautifully. The soup is served with a generous mound of creamy ricotta cheese that melts into your spoonful. Lasagna is so satisfying as a soup. All you need is some Focaccia Bread to go with it.

Lasagna soup served in a bowl garnished with ricotta cheese

Ingredients for Lasagna Soup

  • Lasagna noodles – use just about any brand or style you prefer and break the noodles into roughly bite-size pieces
  • Oil – use a mild oil such as olive oil or avocado oil
  • Onion – a white or yellow onion works best
  • Hot or sweet Italian sausage – Any style of Italian sausage will work great – go as hot or sweet as you like 
  • Garlic – fresh garlic adds more flavor than garlic powder 
  • Dried oregano – dried herbs work great in this soup 
  • Tomato paste – deepens the flavor of the broth
  • Low-sodium broth homemade chicken broth is best but storebought also works.
  • Crushed tomatoes – Use classic or fire-roasted if you like a little smokiness
  • Fresh basil – brightens up the soup and elevates the flavor. 
  • Parmesan cheese – builds a rich and creamy base
  • Half & half – balances the acidity of the soup
  • Ricotta cheese – serve with a hefty spoonful of full-fat ricotta
Ingredients for making lasagna into soup

How to Make Lasagna Soup

  1. Boil the Noodles – Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the broken up noodles until aldente or firm to the bite then toss them with oil. 
  2. Cook & Season the Sausage – In a heavy pot or dutch oven, cook sausage. Add onion and cook it until translucent. Add pressed garlic and dried oregano.
  3. Make the Soup Base – Add in the tomato paste and stir until well distributed. Next, pour in the broth and canned tomatoes and simmer 15 minutes. 
  4. Finish Building the Soup – Turn the heat to low. Add in the noodles, half and half, parmesan, and basil. Simmer for 3-5 minutes. 
  5. Garnish & Serve – Ladle into warm bowls and top with a dollop of ricotta cheese and fresh basil.
Step by step photos how to make lasagna soup in dutch oven

Tips for the Best Lasagna Soup

  • Keep the heat over medium – allow the flavors of the soup to come together gradually by keeping the heat at medium to medium-low. 
  • Don’t cook the pasta all the way – drain it with 2-3 minutes left of cooking time, as it will finish cooking when you add it back to the soup pot. 
  • Make the soup in a Dutch oven it retains moisture and maintains even heat. 
Cooked pot of the best lasagna soup

Variations

  • Use your favorite type of protein. Italian sausage can be made with ground beef, ground turkey, or ground pork. Use your favorite.
  • Swap out the ricotta for your favorite cheese. If you’re not a fan of ricotta, garnish the soup with shredded mozzarella or parmesan instead.

Common Questions

Can you make lasagna soup in an Instant Pot? 

To make Instant Pot lasagna soup, put all the ingredients into a 6 Qt instant pot, pushing the noodles down just so they are submerged. Seal the lid, and cook on manual high pressure for 6 minutes followed by a quick release of pressure.

Can you make lasagna soup in a Crock-Pot?

You can also use your Slow Cooker to make this soup. Add all the ingredients except the noodles into the pot, turn the heat on high, and cook for 3-4 hours. With 30 minutes of cooking time left, add in the raw broken noodles. 

Can you freeze this soup? 

It’s not recommended to store this soup in the freezer or the noodles will get mushy. Instead, see make-ahead tips below.

Can you cook the pasta noodles in the soup?

It’s best to cook the noodles separately since they absorb some of the liquid and add some starch to the soup, thickening it up. You can cook it in the soup pot, but be sure to add an extra cup of broth.

Plated lasagna soup with lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese and Italian sausage

Make-Ahead

  • Prep-Ahead: Whether you’re meal-prepping or cooking the soup a day in advance for guests, prepare everything except the noodles and refrigerate the soup in a large airtight container. Right before you plan on serving, boil the lasagna noodles and add them to the soup. This will prevent the noodles from absorbing all the broth in storage. 
  • Reheat: The best way to reheat this soup is over medium heat in a large saucepan or pot until warmed through. It tends to pop in the microwave, so beware!

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The Best Lasagna Soup Recipe

5 from 67 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Lasagna soup in soup pot

Lasagna Soup is the easiest way to satisfy lasagna cravings. All of your favorite lasagna ingredients are nestled in a rich tomato broth and topped with ricotta cheese and fresh basil.

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $16-$24
Keyword: lasagna soup
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Soup
Calories: 491
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 6 oz lasagna noodles, broken into pieces
  • 1 tbsp oil, avocado or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 lb hot or sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 32 oz low-sodium broth, (chicken or beef)
  • 15 oz canned crushed tomatoes, with their juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • Ricotta cheese, for serving

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook them for 2 minutes less than advised by the package instructions. Drain the noodles, drizzle them with oil, and set them aside.

  2. Place a heavy bottom pot or dutch oven over medium heat, add the sausage, and sautee until cooked through, breaking it up into small pieces with a spatula. Add the onion and cook until it’s translucent. Stir in pressed garlic and oregano and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.

  3. Add tomato paste, broth, and canned tomatoes. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.

  4. Keeping the heat at a simmer, add in noodles, half and half, parmesan, and basil. Simmer for a few more minutes and season to taste.

  5. Serve right away with a spoonful of ricotta cheese and a sprinkle of fresh basil.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Lasagna Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 491 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 812mg35%
Potassium 717mg20%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 449IU9%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 137mg14%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • knitbunnie
    September 1, 2022

    It’s summer. My zucchini plants are zuking like crazy. Should I add some to the soup? The brain thinks I should.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 1, 2022

      Hi! I have not tested that but it sure does sound wonderful! In general, zucchini doesn’t take very long to cook, so you may want to add them in at the very end. I hope you love this recipe. Let us know how it turns out.

      Reply

  • Sela
    August 29, 2022

    Tried this tonight, didn’t have lasagna noodle but used same amount in Amish wide noodle. Oh boy, it was yummy in our tummies! Thank you for sharing, this would be perfect for fall/winter soup.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 29, 2022

      So glad you loved it!

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  • Joan Brigham
    August 25, 2022

    I made this yesterday and it was easy, quick and over the top delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 25, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Joan!

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      • Sharon Parsons
        September 25, 2022

        Love Love your recipes Natasha.. My question is could you use hamburger instead of sausage? Not all in my household is a fan of sausage. Thank you and may you be blessed

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          September 25, 2022

          Hi Sharon, I haven’t tested that, but I think it could work. Since the sausage is full of flavor, but the beef is not, you may need to adjust the spices to be more flavorful. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

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  • Rebecca Hasse
    August 8, 2022

    This is a tasty and pretty easy recipe! I did make some substations, but the recipe still worked. I used Jimmy Dean’s sausage, a can of diced tomatoes, and vegetable broth. I served with a spoonful of ricotta, and it was great.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 8, 2022

      That’s great. Thanks for the feedback, Rebecca! 🙂

      Reply

  • Martha Avina
    April 28, 2022

    Thank you, I’ve tried many of your yummy recipes. Can this be done in crockpot?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 28, 2022

      Hi Martha, yes- see instructions under “common questions” in the notes above.

      Reply

  • CharlieGirl
    March 21, 2022

    Delicious and easy to make! We loved it and will be making this again.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 21, 2022

      Thank you for the review! I am happy you enjoyed this recipe.

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      • Jason
        May 23, 2022

        Have you tried this recipe with gluten free lasagna noodles? Seems like a easy swap for my daughter who has wheat, egg, and peanut allergies.

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          May 23, 2022

          Hello Jason, I have not tried that yet but I imagine that will work just fine. If you try it as an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

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  • Sue Schumacher
    March 8, 2022

    What size Staub is being used in the photos to make this recipe?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 8, 2022

      This is the amazon link to the one I have.

      Reply

  • BrittA
    February 24, 2022

    This recipe was so good!!! I loved it! I love following you on Instagram, all of your recipes look so good and easy to make.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 24, 2022

      Thank you for your awesome feedback, we appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Ashley
    February 16, 2022

    Looking forward to making this. Loved your Tortellini soup! Is it okay to use no boil noodles with this recipe?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 16, 2022

      I haven’t tested that, but I imagine that should work but you’ll have to adjust the timing a bit. I’d love to know how you like this recipe if you happen to try that!

      Reply

  • Vickie
    February 14, 2022

    Made this for dinner tonight for my mother and i. I made a 1/2 recipe. It is fabulous. My mother said we will have to make this again!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2022

      Hi Vickie, thank you for sharing your experience trying out this recipe. I’m happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Gina
    February 14, 2022

    Could I make this dairy free and try coconut cream in replacement to the half and half?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 14, 2022

      Hi Gina, I haven’t tried any non-cow dairy substitute to advise. The usual substitution for half and half would just be half whipping cream and half whole milk.

      Reply

  • Diane Russell
    February 8, 2022

    The lasagna soup was wonderful. I will be making this many times. I am so excited to share with my family. This is definitely a keeper❤️❤️❤️

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 8, 2022

      Hello Diane, lovely to hear from you. Thank you for your good comments and review, good to know that you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Ksusha.A
    February 2, 2022

    These easy Italian sausage soups are a hit. We love the tortellini, zuppa and this lasagna soup now. All similar but unique. Time to start making my own Italian sausage! I used regular Italian sausage from aldi and it was delicious. Thank you again for a great recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 2, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Ksusha!

      Reply

  • Kristen
    January 28, 2022

    This but with mini raviolis or cheese tortellini! So good! I like to add spinach and diced tomatoes as well.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2022

      Yum! That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Kristen!

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    • Christina
      February 3, 2022

      Anytime I need a full proof recipe that I am sure will be delicious….I just go to your page. You nailed it once again w/ this easy, flavorful soup. So much easier than making a pan of lasagna & came together in no time! Perfect as we are snowed in. ❄️ ❤️

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        February 3, 2022

        Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Christina!

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  • Debby Waples
    January 28, 2022

    Any suggestions to cut down the sodium and cholesterol? Is half and half necessary? Can low fat milk be substituted?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2022

      Hi Debby, I haven’t tried any substitutions to advise! I always recommend making the recipe as is the first time around before making any changes.

      Reply

  • Connie
    January 25, 2022

    Oh! Natasha this soup is absolutely delicious!! I used the diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano and the hot sausage, though in making it for my grandchildren I will use the mild. I am so grateful to you for posting this recipe. Yum!!!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 25, 2022

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Connie!

      Reply

  • Silvia L. López
    January 23, 2022

    Delicious.
    I used a can of Cento tomato sauce, instead of tomatoes and the tomato paste.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 24, 2022

      Glad you liked it!

      Reply

  • Annie M
    January 20, 2022

    This soup was so flavorful and delicious! I had to also try making the focaccia bread to eat with it and almost ended up without the bread as it was quickly eaten, but the soup also was gone! No leftovers which makes me sad…no lunch for tomorrow! 😂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 21, 2022

      Time to double up next time! It really is that good!

      Reply

  • Kate
    January 20, 2022

    Can I use the slow cooker or instant pot for this recipe? Would love to come back from work home just start eating 😊

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 20, 2022

      Hi Kate, this is mentioned in the recipe. Can you make lasagna soup in a Crock-Pot?
      You can also use your Slow Cooker to make this soup. Add all the ingredients except the noodles into the pot, turn the heat on high, and cook for 3-4 hours. With 30 minutes of cooking time left, add in the raw broken noodles.

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      • Michelle
        January 30, 2022

        What about the ricotta or other cheese(s) ?
        Is it put in crock pot or no?

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 30, 2022

          Hi Michelle, not necessarily as you can use it as a garnish on top of your soup.

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  • Jackie
    January 19, 2022

    Any recommendations for non-cow dairy? I was thinking pecorino vs Parmesan but what would you suggest as a substitute for the half and half?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 19, 2022

      Hi Jackie, I haven’t tried any non-cow dairy substitute to advise. The usual substitution for half and half would just be half whipping cream and half whole milk.

      Reply

  • Mary Ann Rimoin
    January 18, 2022

    Can I use elbow macaroni instead of lasagna noodles? I don’t use lasagna noodles in anything.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2022

      Hi Mary Ann, I haven’t tested this with elbows, but I imagine that should work! I’d love to know how you like this recipe if you happen to try that!

      Reply

  • Kristyn
    January 18, 2022

    My kids prefer their lasagna in soup form 🙂 Same great flavors & so delicious!!

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  • Sandra Alfano
    January 18, 2022

    Wow you aren’t kidding, this really is the best soup! Pure comfort food!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2022

      It sure is! The best meal to fill you right up and keep you nice and warm this winter!

      Reply

  • Trang
    January 18, 2022

    Love this lasagna soup, especially since it’s pretty chilly right now. It’s easier for the kids to eat too, especially since we are baby led weaning. Delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2022

      The perfect soup for chilly weather and kids! I hope this becomes your new favorite!

      Reply

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