Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup Recipe

An easy recipe for Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup. This hearty, delicious recipe is perfect for chilly weather or anytime you want lasagna without layering noodles and firing up your oven. Customize with your favorite noodles and all the cheese!

Spring break is underway, and I’m heading back to Wisconsin for a visit.

Apparently it’s in the 20’s there right now, though, so I’m bringing all my best cold weather food ideas. Lasagna Soup is perfect for the occasion because it’s so easy to make and tastes delicious! Everyone is going to love it.

Lasagna soup in a white bowl.

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What meat goes in Lasagna Soup?

I started with a pound of Italian sausage.

I chose mild, but you can use sweet or hot if you prefer. You could also substitute ground beef it that is how you prefer your lasagna. Or go halvesies! (Is that a word?)

Brown the meat in a skillet with the vegetables before you add it to the slow cooker. You can drain the grease if you want to (I never do because Fat is Flavor).

Lasagna soup in a black slow cooker.

How to Make Lasagna Soup

While browning the meat and softening the vegetables in a skillet, load up your slow cooker with the canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, mushrooms (OPTIONAL), and a pile of spices.

I LOVE these spices; they are straight from my favorite lasagna recipe.  Stir in some water. Add the meat mixture. Cook slowly.

Towards the end, stir in some noodles. I think radiatori pasta is adorable and apparently everyone else thinks so too, since I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE. I used rotini.

Lasagna soup in a white bowl.


The best part about this, and the part that really makes it feel like lasagna, is when you ladle up a huge bowl full and then SMOTHER it in cheese. We’re talking about lots of cheese here. Because it’s a lasagna which I think means MOSTLY CHEESE in Italian.

To my sister Monica and anyone else who hates ricotta cheese: You’re welcome.

And to anyone out there who shall remain nameless that gets freaked out by the gigantic lasagna noodles: You are also welcome.

Slow cooker lasagna soup in a white bowl with a spoon and shredded mozzarella cheese.

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup Recipe

An easy recipe for Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup. This hearty, delicious recipe is perfect for chilly weather or anytime you want lasagna without layering noodles and firing up your oven. Customize with your favorite noodles and all the cheese!
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Calories: 455kcal
Author: Meggan Hill


  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 3 carrots peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms optional
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cans water
  • 1 cup rotini or other small pasta
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese for topping


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine sausage, onions, and carrots. Cook until the sausage has browned and the vegetables has softened, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain if desired. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Meanwhile, add diced tomatoes and their juice, tomato sauce, mushrooms, Italian seasoning, basil, fennel, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper to the slow cooker. Stir in water and sausage mixture.
  • Cover and heat on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours. During the last 10 minutes of cooking time, stir in the pasta, cover, and continue to cook until softened. Serve with mozzarella cheese on the side.


Adapted from Calico Capers "Go To" Cookbook.


Calories: 455kcal
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  1. Jane

    #1 – 1 can of tomato sauce is 8oz – NOT 15oz. (especially at whole foods). I had to run to the store in the middle of making this recipe – you need to edit that.

    #2 – your search doesn’t work

    1. Ashley

      You can find 15oz cans of tomato sauce at Walmart.
      Also, there is an ingredient list at the beginning of the recipe.
      Personally, I find your reply to this post a bit cold, as the recipe is delicious and worth any “inconvenience” of the site formatting.5 stars

    2. meggan

      Hi Jane, I agree my search is terrible. I’m working on a redesign and that’s a top priority. I’m so sorry about that. I have a lot of ingredients tagged so I personally use the recipe index and look at the ingredients there. But I agree. Regarding tomato sauce – It comes in 8 ounce and 15 ounce cans. I can change the recipe and I wasn’t trying to mislead you, but my cupboard is full of 15-ounce cans of tomato sauce. I buy it Ralphs, Sprouts, and Walmart. I do shop at Whole Foods but I don’t buy canned goods there, so I can’t say. But I will for sure edit the recipe. Sorry about that!

  2. Michelle

    Can this be frozen?

  3. Joey

    Made it again. Re-post this bad boy. Too good to have this low in your feed! Miss you! 5 stars

    1. meggan

      Your wish is my command! It’s on deck for Tuesday. Luckily it was already re-photographed. :) I MISS YOU TOO! You’re the sweetest. XO

  4. Courtney

    I had a lasagna soup recipe years ago that I lost, so when I saw this I was so happy, One thing I remember from my old recipe was that you put a big dollop of ricotta cheese in the bottom of the bowl before ladling the soup in. It was out of this world. Can’t wait to try yours, with the ricotta cheese ;)5 stars

  5. The Lasagna Soup was delicious, but I’m still trying to figure out why this is called Lasagna Soup. Nevertheless, it was very tasty.5 stars

    1. meggan

      Fair point. :) It’s basically the flavors of lasagna but in a soup form. I couldn’t find the small lasagna noodles at the time (radiatorre) and some of my pictures have no cheese. So basically the post just needs a little love and it will make more sense!

  6. Shawna Sick

    my fav pasta for mac and cheese is pipettes…its a happy marriage of macaroni and shells. i tried your recipe with cheese tortelini plus rotini….it was soooo lazagna good. i thought next time maybe ill try raviolis in it!5 stars

  7. Kristi

    The lasagna soup is amazing! The only things I changed were that I used spicy red pepper diced tomatoes instead and then just added more Italian seasoning (gave it some heat), next time I think I’ll do one regular diced tomatoes and one spicy pepper, I had to cook the carrots a bit longer, and the pasta took 20 minutes to cook at the end. This was such a perfect soup for a cold winter day. :D5 stars

    1. meggan

      Thank you so much, Kristi! And great ideas. Well I shy away from spicy food because I know my mom would never eat it, but I would love to try it for myself and update the recipe. So glad you liked it though! I need to make this again, soon!

  8. CeCe

    What do you mean by Italian Seasoning? Are you talking Oregano since Basil, onion, salt, pepper and garlic are already on the ingredients list?5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hi Cece, there is actually a specific “Italian Seasoning” blend that you can buy at the store, it’s maybe $.99 at Walmart for example. Depending on the brand, it may contain basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme, sage, and rosemary. I apologize for the confusion and I’ll figure out what is in my own “Italian seasoning” so I can just list it out. But, having the blend on hand is convenient for things like this (but not earth-shattering in any way). It’s basically just dried herbs and does not usually contain salt, pepper, garlic, or onion. I hope that helps.

  9. Sue

    What size slow cooker did this go into?5 stars

    1. meggan

      I have a 6 1/2 quart slow cooker. However, there was a lot of room left at the top (not sure if you can see it in the overhead shot). I’d say a 5-quart slow cooker would work, possibly even smaller but I’m not sure.

  10. Ellie

    Made this soup for dinner last week on Thursday which is a busy day for me at work, it was delicious my boys loved it too. From now on it would be one of my slow cooker recipes to count on. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.5 stars

  11. Christine

    Can you use ground turkey in this recipe instead? 5 stars

    1. meggan

      You sure can! Just do a 1-for-1 swap. Great idea, I love ground turkey too!

  12. Amanda W.

    Is there a good substitute for fennel seeds you might recommend? I never buy them and I hate to just for one recipe…..thanks!5 stars

    1. Cherie Benjamin

      Amanda, I buy fennel seed in the bulk section. Grab a tiny bag and just buy several teaspoons.

    2. meggan

      Cherie you are such a gem! Thanks for sharing your tip. -Meggan

    3. meggan

      Hi Amanda! Just leave them out. I can’t say I use fennel seeds for much either, pretty much just this, my regular lasagna, and my meat sauce. They just boost the “sausage” flavor but the soup is still great without them! Thanks. If I can help with anything else, please let me know!

  13. Donna

    Do you know how many servings this recipe holds? Thanks!5 stars

  14. Shineka

    I made the Lasagna Soup twice for work and home, it was awesome, One of my favorites5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hooray Shineka! I am so happy to hear that! I love it too. I can’t wait to make it again.

  15. Joey

    Making it AGAIN for a cold/snowy/rainy night here in Atlanta. Perfect dish for everyone. A little southern twist serving it with corn bread….5 stars

    1. meggan

      Corn bread sounds PERFECT!!! Thanks so much for making the recipe and for telling me you did. Much love to you and the fam! xoxo

  16. Kate

    The recipe calls for two cans of water… is that equivalent to two cups? I don’t know how much water to use lol.5 stars

    1. meggan

      Worst measurement ever: Cans. Sorry. I am going to be fixing all my recipes so they don’t EVER say cans again. That’s just awful. A can is about 14 or 15 ounces, so 2 cans is just shy of 4 cups. Call it 3 1/2 cups. Sorry about that.

  17. Kara

    A huge batch of this is simmering on the stove as I type! So excited to try it!5 stars

  18. Carol

    Does the pasta cook in the soup or should it be precooked before adding?5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hi Carol, sorry this isn’t more clear. The pasta goes into the soup dry. Depending on your pasta choice, it will take around 10 – 15 minutes to cook through. Thanks for your question!

  19. So, so perfect for this rainy weather we are FINALLY having. I need to hit up the store and get this in the cooker pronto! Thanks for this one…5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hi Kevin, thank YOU for stopping by! It’s always so refreshing when the weather cools down in SoCal and we can pretend we have a season other than summer…. ha! 

  20. Joey

    Great dish! It was a big hit with the whole family (including our 10 month old)….they’ve already asked for it again next week. We’re not sure what Christmas will be like this year with Steph’s work schedule, but I’m trying hard to get us to Wisco for a white Christmas!5 stars

    1. meggan

      Thank you so much, Joey! Here’s hoping we get to see you guys at Christmas. In the meantime, thank you SO MUCH for your support and love of this blog. Most of the people I know in real life don’t pay it half as much attention as you do! <3 XXO

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