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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.

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.

 

Cheese

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

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.
5 from 32 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Servings 6 servings (2 cups each)
Course Soup
Cuisine American, Italian
Calories 446

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 3 carrots peeled and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 ounces Italian-style diced tomatoes undrained
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced, optional
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cans water
  • 8 ounces dry lasagna noodles broken into bite-sized pieces (see note 1)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese for topping
  • Fresh basil or minced freshly parsley, for garnish, optional

Instructions 

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine sausage, onions, carrots, and garlic. Cook until the sausage has browned and the vegetables have softened, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain if desired.
  • Meanwhile, to the slow cooker, add diced tomatoes and their juice, tomato sauce, mushrooms, Italian seasoning, basil, fennel, and salt and pepper to taste (I like 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper). 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 and fresh herbs if desired.

Notes

  1. Lasanga noodles: Put those leftover lasagna noodles from your pantry to work in this Lasagna Soup. Just break the dry noodles into bite-sized pieces. Or, substitute any other small pasta (radiatore and rotini are my favorites here).
Adapted from Calico Capers "Go To" Cookbook.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cupsCalories: 446kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 22gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 813mgPotassium: 515mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 5356IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 234mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Just made this for dinner tonight and it’s delicious!!
    I didn’t have fennel seeds on hand so subbed in cumin and I’m very happy with how it turned out. My 6 & 3 year olds both gave it a big thumbs up!
    Thanks so much for sharing, will definitely be making this again soon!

  2. How could I make this recipe in an instant pot or stovetop? My friend recommended this recipe but I don’t own a crockpot. Thank you!

    1. Hi Kelly, this absolutely can be made on the stovetop! Simmer in a large dutch oven on the stovetop instead of adding to the slow cooker. I hope you love this! – Meggan

  3. Made this for my mother-in-law a couple years ago…she calls me every few months to send her the recipe again. Very easy and delicious!!5 stars

  4. This is one of my families favorite recipes. I’ve made it countless times and came back to thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!! I’ve made it both with and without mushrooms depending who I’m feeding and it’s delicious both ways!!5 stars

  5. #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. 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. Jane,
      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

    1. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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. 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!

  10. 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. 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.

    1. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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. 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!

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

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

  13. 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. 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

  14. 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. 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.

    1. 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!

  15. 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. 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! 

  16. 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. 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

  17. Making this tomorrow! This time I’ll actually read how many noodle to add and not put in the entire box :)

    Miss you!5 stars

    1. Hey buddy! Thank you so much for the comment. And sorry for never replying to you on Instagram. :) Are you guys going to be at G&Gs for Christmas Eve this year? We’d love to see you and will definitely be in town! Take care and hope to see you soon! Miss you too! XXO

  18. I’m all about slow cooker recipes this time of year! I’ve never had lasagna soup but it sounds like incredible comfort food! Pinned, of course.5 stars

    1. I hope you are enjoying your new nest up in the Bay Area, Kathleen! I hear it’s chilly up there a lot, so hopefully you can find a time to make this one. Thanks for the pin, too! xoxo

  19. This so much better than faffing (a British word for messing) around with lasagna, that’s why I don’t make it. But being the soup nut that I am, I will be making this.5 stars

    1. You are seriously THE soup nut. Why bother with layering noodles when you can just dump it all in a pot and be done with it? 

  20. Oh, Meggan …. great minds or what?! I just posted an easy lasagna recipe too!
    This idea of yours is amazing. I love the flavours of lasagna but really can’t be bothered to go to the trouble of making it very often. Love this dump in the slow cooker and wait version so much more. And I’ve been looking for more slow cooker ideas, too … bonus!5 stars

    1. Ha ha Helen, there is definitely no disputing that we are both great minds! Or at least you are! This was so much easier, plus no baking in the oven and it was 100 degrees here today so… yeah. Slow cookers are just as useful in the summer as the winter! 

  21. Ok so yes havsies IS a word :) And I do NOT think you will be jealous when I am freezing my bum off in Chicago and you are basking in the LA sun :)  This looks soo yummy!  I am totally looking forward to making a vegan version of this!!! I love soups!!! LOVE!!!

  22. Love your blog and all your recipes.

    A new chain restaurant call “be good” has opened and my daughter is raving about the quinoa and kale bowls with ginger and almond. Do you have any recipes for this?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hey there, thank you so much for your comment! I found a description online of this: “TOASTED ALMOND & GINGER
      kale, sautéed veggies, bok choy, tamari almonds, red cabbage, enoki mushrooms, mint, toasted almond-ginger sauce” from a restaurant called B.Good. Sadly, I think it’s only in the New England and I’ve never eaten there! I could certainly make something using the ingredients they have listed, but without trying it myself I could never claim it was a “copycat.” So sorry about that! Thanks again for visiting my site!