Best Lasagna Soup Recipe (Stovetop or Crockpot!) – This comforting soup tastes like your favorite hearty and delicious lasagna casserole, but is easy to make in only 30 minutes with tender noodles and our secret ingredient for the most cheesy rich soup.

White bowl loaded with lasagna soup, garnished with two fresh basil leaves. A slice of baguette is on a white plate under the bowl.

Why We Love This Lasagna Soup Recipe

When you want lasagna, but you don’t have time to layer and bake it… Make amazing easy Lasagna Soup! This recipe has all the flavor of traditional lasagna, yet it’s so quick to put together, simmers up in about 20 minutes on the stovetop, and is lighter on the waistline.

(But if you want to go low and slow, we have a great option to make lasagna soup in crockpot, too!)

Top down white bowl loaded with lasagna soup, garnished with two fresh basil leaves.

The lasagna flavor comes from a combination of Italian sausage, onions, garlic, tomatoes, lasagna noodles (of course), and our secret ingredient – cream cheese. This is the magic touch in our favorite baked lasagna casserole recipe, and you are going to LOVE the extra rich and tangy taste it brings to the soup!

Delicious, super satisfying, and practically effortless to make… This recipe is definitely going to be on your regular dinner rotation!

Spoon scooping a bite of tomato cheesy soup with pasta and sausage.

Lasagna Soup Ingredients

  • Olive oil – or other high-heat and neutral tasting oil, like avocado or canola oil
  • Italian ground sausage – your choice of mild or spicy sausage, or other protein like ground beef or ground turkey
  • Onion – peeled and chopped
  • Garlic – peeled and minced
  • Italian seasoning – store bought or homemade Italian seasoning
  • Crushed red pepper – for a great kick of heat, optional
  • Chicken broth – or veggie broth
  • Canned crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce – for the rich lasagna soup base
  • Pasta – your choice of noodles*
  • Cream cheese – cut into cubes
  • Basil – fresh, divided to stir into the soup and to garnish
  • Garnishes – more basil, shredded mozzarella and parmesan

*Note: For the pasta, you can use full lasagna sheets with the ruffled edge and break them into pieces, or you can use Mafalda pasta which looks like lasagna sheets but much smaller. I also broke the Mafalda into pieces to make them easier to scoop up in a spoon. However, any pasta will work, even if it doesn’t actually look like lasagna.

Open package of Malfada pasta.

How to Make Lasagna Soup

Set a large 6-8 quart sauce pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil to the pot. Once hot, add the sausage. Use a wooden spoon to break the sausage up into small pieces. Stir and brown the sausage for approximately 5 minutes. 

Once the sausage is mostly browned, stir in the chopped onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper. Sauté the onions for 3 to 5 minutes to soften.

Ground sausage and onions cooked in a large pot.

Once the onions are soft, pour in the chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Stir well. Cover the pot and bring to a boil.

Hand adding canned tomato sauce to pot of cooked sausage and onions.

Meanwhile, break the lasagna noodles or Mafalda noodles into small bite-size pieces. Once the broth is boiling, stir in the broken pasta, cream cheese, and fresh basil.

Get the Complete (Printable) Easy Lasagna Soup Recipe Below. Enjoy!

Hand adding Mafalda noodles to pot of soup with tomato broth.

Simmer the soup, uncovered, for at least 5-6 minutes until the pasta is al dente and the cream cheese has melted into the soup base.

Pro Tip: It’s best to turn off the heat before the pasta is fully cooked through, because it’s going to sit in the hot soup broth after cooking. You don’t want the lasagna noodles to become mushy.

Taste, then salt and pepper if needed.

Ladleful of soup, held above the pot and showing to camera.

How to Make this Soup Recipe in the Slow Cooker

It’s easy to make this lasagna soup recipe in the crockpot! I especially like to do so on a lazy weekend; everything can be prepped around lunchtime, and then the soup is ready to enjoy for dinner.

Simply brown the sausage, onions, and garlic on the stovetop. Place them in the crockpot with all remaining ingredients, minus the pasta.

Set on low for 4 to 6 hours. Stir in the broken pasta pieces about 30 minutes before ready to serve.

White bowl loaded with lasagna soup, garnished with two fresh basil leaves. A slice of baguette is on a white plate under the bowl.

Serving Suggestions

Ladle the hot soup into bowls, making sure to get plenty of noodles! Top each serving with fresh basil and shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Our Best Lasagna Soup is delightful with pieces of warm crusty bread for dipping. Try our favorite classic Garlic Bread recipe, or fun Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread to share!

And what goes perfectly with soup and bread? Why, salad – of course! Pair this Italian-inspired soup with a simple fresh green salad, Caprese Panzanella, or hearty Caesar Salad.

Top down white bowl loaded with lasagna soup, garnished with two fresh basil leaves.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you boil noodles before making lasagna?

Nope! There is no need to boil the pasta before adding it to the soup.

How long do leftovers last?

Leftover lasagna soup is delicious! Let the soup cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. It will keep well for up to 4 days in the fridge.

Can you freeze this soup?

Yes, you can! Once it cools completely, transfer the soup to an airtight and freezer-safe container. Wrap the container in a layer of aluminum foil for extra protection. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How do you make this a gluten free recipe?

For gluten free lasagna soup simply use your favorite GF pasta noodles.

Spoon scooping a bite of tomato cheesy soup with pasta and sausage.

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Easy Lasagna Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
This comforting soup tastes like hearty and delicious lasagna casserole, but is easy to make (on the stovetop or in the crockpot!) in only 30 minutes with tender noodles and our secret ingredient for the most cheesy and rich soup.
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set a large 6-8 quart sauce pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil to the pot. Once hot, add the sausage. Use a wooden spoon to break the sausage up into small pieces. Stir and brown the sausage for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Once the sausage is mostly browned, stir in the chopped onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper. Sauté the onions for 3 to 5 minutes to soften.
  • Once the onions are soft, pour in the chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Stir well. Cover the pot and bring to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, break the lasagna noodles or Mafalda noodles into small bite-size pieces. Once the broth is boiling, stir in the broken pasta, cream cheese, and fresh basil. Simmer the soup, uncovered, for at least 5-6 minutes until the pasta is al dente and the cream cheese has melted into the soup base. (It's best to turn off the heat before the pasta is fully cooked through, because it's going to sit in the hot soup broth after cooking. You don't want the lasagna noodles to become mushy.) Taste, then salt and pepper if needed.
  • To serve, ladle the hot soup into bowls then sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil leaves.

Notes

Let the soup cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. It will keep well for up to 4 days in the fridge.
To freeze: Once it cools completely, transfer the soup to an airtight and freezer-safe container. Wrap the container in a layer of aluminum foil for extra protection. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 10oz, Calories: 478kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 79mg, Sodium: 1802mg, Potassium: 796mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 1045IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 319mg, Iron: 3mg
Course: Main, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Sommer Collier
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