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!

More Tasty Soup Recipes

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The Best Lasagna Soup Recipe

5 from 147 votes
Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
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.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 people
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add tomato paste, broth, and canned tomatoes. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Serve right away with a spoonful of ricotta cheese and a sprinkle of fresh basil.

Nutrition Per Serving

491kcal Calories33g Carbs21g Protein31g Fat11g Saturated Fat4g Polyunsaturated Fat14g Monounsaturated Fat68mg Cholesterol812mg Sodium717mg Potassium3g Fiber6g Sugar449IU Vitamin A11mg Vitamin C137mg Calcium3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
The Best Lasagna Soup Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
491
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
31
g
48
%
Saturated Fat
 
11
g
69
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
14
g
Cholesterol
 
68
mg
23
%
Sodium
 
812
mg
35
%
Potassium
 
717
mg
20
%
Carbohydrates
 
33
g
11
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
21
g
42
%
Vitamin A
 
449
IU
9
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
137
mg
14
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: lasagna soup
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 491

Natalya Drozhzhin

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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  • Kathy T
    March 9, 2024

    This was absolutely delicious!! I made a double recipe and it was a hit! My 4 boys, one of my son’s girlfriend and myself of course loved it! I substituted the ricotta with cottage cheese..since boys don’t like it (weird I know) but it was still amazing! Thank you so much for the meal ideas and tasty recipes!

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  • Lena
    February 18, 2024

    This was absolutely DELICOUS. Probably the fastest and easiest soup I’ve ever made. Don’t skimp on the ricotta- it really makes it taste like lasagna. Yum!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 18, 2024

      Yes, agreed regarding the ricotta. Thanks for your excellent comments and feeddback!

      Reply

  • Jamie Hartley
    February 15, 2024

    This was a Valentine Dream Dinner!! Whole family, scarfed it down and had seconds and I woke up and had a bowl for breakfast. Absolute perfection. Thank you so much for sharing. I also love your zuppa Toscano recipe and I’ve made it for the years and I’m definitely adding this one to the rotation. You are such a great chef.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 15, 2024

      That’s wonderful to hear, Jamie! Thank you.

      Reply

  • Kimberly M.
    February 13, 2024

    Hello, I saw your comment that this can be done in the slow cooker – great! Would you cook your protein before adding it or just let it cook in the slow cooker? Thanks so much – love all your recipes and your cookbook! Kim

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 13, 2024

      Hi Kim! Yes, we address this under the common questions section of the recipe post – 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. I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Carla
    February 12, 2024

    Delicious! Will definitely make again. Only thing I didn’t put in was the tomato paste, because I couldn’t find it. It still came out delicious.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 12, 2024

      Thank you for sharing, Carla! I’m glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • Esther M
    January 31, 2024

    Hey Natasha,
    I just wanted to let you know that this recipe is absolutely delicious! I used spicy chicken italian sausage, but otherwise kept the recipe exactly the same. It was phenomenal. Also, this is a testament to how good your recipes are… whenever I am looking to make something for dinner I will google ideas. Then, after coming up with an idea for what I want for dinner, I look to see if you have a recipe for it and use your recipe instead of a googled one. You have a reputation with me for having the best recipes that never fail. Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2024

      Hi Esther, thank you so much for sharing that with us. I’m happy that you loved it! I hope you’ll enjoy all of the recipes that you will try from us.

      Reply

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