Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup
Winter is the time for soups and I have been certainly making a lot of them lately! Lasagna has to be one of my all time favourite meals and when I recently came across the idea for a lasagna soup on a farmgil's dabbles I was immediately enamored with it. A basic lasagna is made with layers of a tomato meat sauce, pasta and cheese and this soup has them all! At the base of the soup is some tasty Italian sausage along with diced tomatoes to form the 'sauce' of the soup and of course it is easy to add pasta to any soup and that only leaves the cheese layer which is added just before serving in the form of a dollop of cheese that melts quite nicely into the hot soup.

Lasagna Soup
This soup is pretty easy to make and when it is cold out I certainly don't mind the long simmering times that soups often require to bring out their flavours. Really the only thing that you need to remember when making this soup is to not add the pasta until the very end as you do not want to overcook it. The 'cheese layer' of this lasagna soup is made from a mixture of ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan and once the soup is ready and plated add as much of the cheese as you want to the piping hot soup and watch it melt in.

This lasagna soup has to be one of the best soups that I have had so far this winter and the flavours really do remind me a lot of lasagna. One of my favourite parts of this soup is that the cheese topping melts and the mozzarella get all gorgeously stringy which works surprisingly well in a soup!

Lasagna Soup
In addition to being pretty hearty for a winter soup, if you go easy on the cheese, and I find it hard to do that, this soup is actually on the healthier side. While I was enjoying the soup I was thinking that you could make it even healthier by adding things like spinach, kale, zucchini or even beans and I am really liking the idea adding some spinach to my next batch!

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna is made with a tomato based meat sauce layered with pasta and cheese and this soup has it all from the tasty Italian sausage and tomatoes to the pasta and it is topped off with a dollop of cheesy goodness that will warm your heart on a cold winters day.


Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 4 cups chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound pasta
  • 4 ounces ricotta
  • 1/2 cup parmesan, grated
  • 2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 handful basil, chopped
Directions
  1. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat add the sausage and cook until lightly browned, about 10 minutes, breaking it apart as you go and set aside reserving the remaining oil and grease.
  2. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes and fennel and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, sausage, oregano, bay leaf, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. (If you have the time this soup will benefit from being simmered longer.)
  5. Add the pasta and cook until al-dente, about 7 minutes and remove from heat.
  6. Mix the ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella and serve the soup garnished with a tablespoon of the mixture along with the basil.

Slow Cooker: Implement step 1, optionally implement steps 2 & 3, place everything except the pasta, the cheeses and basil in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or high for 2-4 hours before adding the pasta and cooking on high until the pasta is cooked, about 10 minutes.

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56 comments:

Michele said...

Oh wow, my heart just skipped a beat. Looks wonderful!

Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) said...

Dude, this looks freaking TIGHT.

~Bee said...

Looks delicious, as always. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

This looks wonderful! I'm going to make it with spinach.

Mathieu said...

Looks amazing! Pasta and soup, a perfect match!

Jes said...

You never cease to amaze me!

http://lifeaccordingtojesarmstrong.blogspot.com/

Amy Brocato Pearson said...

Sounds wonderful!

beti said...

GREAT now I can have more lasagna haha this is a great recipe!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love the idea! That soup looks so hearty and delicious.

Cheers,

Rosa

Caylee said...

This is the best looking lasagna soup I've ever seen.

Kitchenboy said...

This looks absolutely delicious! Lasagna and soup - how can one go wrong? Nice one!

Restaurant Bruges said...

awesome cooking just marvelous i love to eat this food to awesome a lot

Joanne said...

I've been thinking a lot about lasagna lately and having it in soup form would go SO well with my current soup obsession! This looks great.

Beth Sachs said...

Your photo's always make me drool, this being no exception. A lovely hearty recipe

Slickepotten.net said...

Ohh that looks really tasty.

Leslie said...

Lasagna in a soup form? PERFECT!!!

rancholyn said...

Brilliant!!!! Thanks for being so creative...you made my day...

Mila said...

OMG I love this recipe! And I love the little touches you add to your photos..the red checked table cloth is perfect! Happy new year to you!

CharlesR said...

Kevin:
What glove size do you wear?
This will give me an idea how big of a handful for the basil.

Charlie

Shari said...

This sounds and looks incredible. Thanks for sharing! :)

angela@spinachtiger said...

Sheer genius and sheer heaven. I'm enamored with this soup and am thinking of all the possibilities. You just gave such a good idea. I would break my diet for this.

Lisa Wilbourne said...

Just ate this and it was deeeelicious! I'm not very good at keeping soups soupy (too long simmering? too high a heat?), but that didn't decrease the deliciousness, I'm sure!

Claudia said...

I've seen lasagna soup floating around cybersphere and wondered - all that melty cheese just sold me.

Jay said...

Hy,
chanced upon your space while blog hopping...awesome space you have..
excellent posts with stunning cliks..
lasagna soup sounds hearty n divine..
happy following you..
do stop by mine sometime.
Tasty Appetite

Carmen said...

mmm it looks very good! I will try to make it!! and if someone wants to have a look to italian recipes..this is my blog http://loveforcooking-italianfood.blogspot.com/
thank and happy new year!!!

Anna said...

Lasagna soup....how genius!! Perfect for cooler days!

Cathy @ Savory Notes said...

This is genius. Truly, genius.

Melissa said...

I made this tonight and it was SUPER yummy. Wonderful idea and thanks!!!

Jeff @ Cheese-Burger.net said...

This lasagna is very unique and creative.I love it!

Kevin said...

CharlesR: Haha! :) I like to leave the amounts of some ingredients a bit vague to allow the reader to decide how much they want. If you like basil, go for a 'big' handful and if you do not like basil go for a little as you like. (With herbs do I quite literally just reach in and grab a handful and tear it out of the bundle.)

The Saucy Gourmet said...

Kevin, I made this the other day, it was fantastic. I posted a blog over at www.TheSaucyGourmet.net and gave you FULL credit for a great recipe. Thanks for sharing

girls who like to gorge said...

This looks absolutely wonderful! x

Ciao Chow Linda said...

terrific looking soup Kevin. I've got to put this on my list of this to try this winter.

Ryan said...

Ooh! That looks great!

Brhea {NoPlaceLykeHome} said...

I made this! & it was DELISH! I shared your recipe as well as a link to your blog, on my blog. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe my husband and I LOVED it :)

VaroneeMacaroni said...

This looks amazingly delicious. I can't wait to make it!

LadyJayPee said...

I made this last night, Kevin, and it was really good! I cooked the sausage & onions, added garlic & fennel, and broth. But then I added the equivalent amount of some of my own leftover homemade marinara & spaghetti sauces thawed from the freezer for the tomatoes; good way to use them up! Threw in some zucchini chunks too, and may add some spinach next time. The garnish of 3 cheeses & basil was a great touch! Thank you!

Holliday said...

I stumbled on your site after googling "single serve lasagna recipe" and I can not wait to try this! The recopies I have looked at so far look so wonderful I can't wait to start following and seeing what new tasties you post. :)

www.hollidaysmtncafe.blogspot.com

Deb Mustard said...

I am making this for a potluck this weekend!

Kevin said...

LadyJayPee: The leftover marinara would definitely add more flavour!

Joy said...

That is so creative.

Anonymous said...

HI this soup looks amazing... but I am vegetarian.. can u please tell the alternatives for the sausage..

Priya said...

Hi Kevin..I am a big fan of ur blog... this soup looks really amazing... but wondering if you can help to make vegetarian version of this recipe.. as in replacement for sausages...

Kevin said...

Anonymous & Priya: I would go with something like a combination of spinach and portobello mushrooms as a replacement for the sausage. White beans would also be nice. You may also want to increase the amount of fennel seeds and add a touch of paprika as these are flavours commonly found in Italian sausage.

The Mersea Diet said...

I try this recipe yesterday and it taste delicious..Keep me updated on new soup recipe you have..

Melissa said...

Wow, closet cooking,
I wonder why I could never succeed making this lasagna soup. At least not like the way you made it.
How did you do it? I'll try again for sure and this time I'll refer to your recipe as my guide :)
Thanks also for the tempting food photos. It looks like they were made by professional. Have you ever heard about food photography site called http://www.foodporn.net ?
Your pics should be on the Food Porn home page, that's for sure!

Danielle S. said...

This looks absolutely amazing! I can't wait to try it out for myself. Soup and lasagna are two of my all-time favorite things.

Anonymous said...

I have made this 3 times in the last 2 months...it is SOOOO good!!!!!

certifiable1 said...

Would love to see recipe for the amazing looking bread as well.

Kevin said...

certifiable1: The bread is just butter, garlic and parsley topped with some grated parmesan and toasted.

Anonymous said...

I made this for dinner tonight and it was awesome! My incredibly picky 5th grade son paid me a compliment by saying that it tasted as good as his school food!!! Yes, that is a compliment coming from him:). He even said he would eat it again if I made it. That is a total miracle! Usually when he tries something new, he ends up spitting it in the trash or choking it down with a terrible look on his face. I did double the noodles in it, one can never have too many noodles! Thank you!

موسوعة الطبخ said...

very nice
thank you so much
have nice day =)

MDmomof3 said...

Made this last night and it was incredible. I may never bother with lasagna again! Made a bit more than expected, the broth was absorbed but it doesn't matter a bit for leftovers.

Sara said...

OMG! That looks insanely good Kevin!! I will have to try this!

kclawrence said...

I made this for dinner last night. It was absolutely delish! I subbed cottage cheese for ricotta, because I don't like ricotta, and I used ground beef. Great recipe!

Light-Love said...

LOVE your recipes....such imagination...all comes out perfect!! Thanks so much for all these delicious dishes!!!

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