The Best 30-Minute Lasagna Soup

My family loves lasagna but I rarely make it because it can be a little more work than I’m up for after a long day.

This easy, 30-minute lasagna soup gives you all the rich flavor of your favorite lasagna minus the work.

The Best 30-Minute Lasagna Soup - All the flavor of lasagna minus the work!! Loaded with juicy tomatoes, sausage, and topped with melted cheese! Easy, hearty, comfort food that's perfect for busy weeknights!!

My family raved about the soup and said it’s not only the best soup I’ve ever made but the best soup they’ve ever had and it ranks right up there as one of the things I’ve ever made, period. Talk about high praise from tough critics.

I’ve made countless batches of it since I first made it a few months ago for my family until now when I’m sharing the recipe.

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The Best 30-Minute Lasagna Soup - All the flavor of lasagna minus the work!! Loaded with juicy tomatoes, sausage, and topped with melted cheese! Easy, hearty, comfort food that's perfect for busy weeknights!!

The soup is hearty and comforting but not as heavy as traditional lasagna which I like. Just like traditional lasagna, it tastes even better the next day after the flavors marry.

Juicy tomatoes are combined with onions, garlic, oregano, basil, and parsley for great depth of flavor. The melted cheese on top just makes my day. Cheese lovers unite.

The Best 30-Minute Lasagna Soup - All the flavor of lasagna minus the work!! Loaded with juicy tomatoes, sausage, and topped with melted cheese! Easy, hearty, comfort food that's perfect for busy weeknights!!

Rather than ground beef, I swapped and used Johnsonville Fresh Italian Hot Ground Sausage. It’s so convenient if you don’t wish to de-case sausage links. Johnsonville’s links and ground Italian sausage – as well as their meatballs and breakfast sausage – come in a variety of flavors and spices, giving you more flavor and saving you time in the kitchen.

I used hot sausage because I wanted something to provide a big boost of flavor and it provides a slight kick to the soup, but use mild sausage if you prefer.

Make sure to salt your soup to taste. I used low-sodium chicken broth and no-salt-added tomatoes and add a bit of salt to my soup so I can control the overall salt level. The saltiness of various brands of ingredients and personal preferences for salt all vary so salt to taste.

The Best 30-Minute Lasagna Soup - All the flavor of lasagna minus the work!! Loaded with juicy tomatoes, sausage, and topped with melted cheese! Easy, hearty, comfort food that's perfect for busy weeknights!!

The Best 30-Minute Lasagna Soup

This easy, 30-minute lasagna soup gives you all the rich flavor of your favorite lasagna minus the work. The soup is hearty and comforting but not as heavy as traditional lasagna, and just like traditional lasagna it tastes even better the next day after the flavors marry. Juicy tomatoes are combined with onions, garlic, oregano, basil, and parsley for great depth of flavor. The melted cheese on top just makes my day. I used hot sausage to provide a big boost of flavor, but use mild sausage if you prefer. Make sure to salt your soup to taste.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound Johnsonville Fresh Italian Hot Ground Sausage (de-cased Johnsonville Fresh Italian Hot Sausage Links or mild sausage may be substituted)
  • 2 cups sweet Vidalia or yellow onion, peeled and diced small (about 1 large onion)
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
  • 48 ounces (6 cups) low-sodium chicken broth
  • one 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes and juice (I used petite diced, no-salt-added)
  • one 14.5-ounce can fire roasted tomatoes and juice
  • 2 rounded tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 or 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional and to taste
  • 8 ounces lasagna noodles (about 10 noodles), broken into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves (discard stems), finely minced
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, divided

Directions:

  1. To a large Dutch oven or stockpot, add the olive oil, sausage, onions, and sauté for about 8 minutes over medium-high heat, or until sausage is cooked through and onions are lightly golden browned. Stir and flip intermittently.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir intermittently.
  3. Add the chicken broth, both kinds of tomatoes and juice, tomato paste, bay leaves, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, optional cayenne pepper, noodles, and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil gently for about 15 minutes, or until noodles are tender and done. If at any point the overall liquid level looks low or you prefer your soup to have more broth, add 1 to 2 cups of water or additional chicken broth; you’ll adjust the salt and seasoning levels at the end. Stir intermittently.
  4. Add the parsley, stir to combine, and boil 1 minute.
  5. Taste soup and add salt to taste. This will vary based on how salty the sausage, chicken broth, tomatoes, and tomato paste are, and personal preference. Make any necessary seasoning adjustments (i.e. more salt, pepper, spices, etc.). Remove bay leaves.
  6. Preheat oven to the broiler setting.
  7. Ladle soup into oven-safe bowls and top each bowl with about 1/3 cup mozzarella and 2 tablespoons parmesan. Place bowls on a baking sheet and set under the broiler. Broil for about 1 minute or until cheese is melted and is as lightly golden browned as desired. Keep a very watchful eye so that it doesn’t burn which can happen in seconds.
  8. Serve immediately. Ungarnished soup (no cheese added) will keep airtight in the fridge for 5 to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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46 comments on “The Best 30-Minute Lasagna Soup”

  1. This soup looks insanely good. I love the fact that you used spicy sausage..I’m all about the spice and heat. I can’t wait to make this and that melty cheese…Yum!!!

  2. All that melty cheese on top looks crazy good! I’ve only made lasagna a few times because of the time and clean up involved but I can get on board with soup. Actually, this is the first time I’ve come across a lasagna soup–what a great idea!

    • Paula you have to make this. You and Jon will love it! It’s my family’s #1 favorite soup, ever, of all-time. I have made it at least 4-5 times since I originally was testing and trialing the recipe and every time I ask what do you want for dinner the past few months, they say this soup!

    • Today’s weather (grey and rainy) ended up swaying me to this and you were so right about us loving it!! Easy and lighter too–it doesn’t seem like there is as much pasta compared to regular lasagna. The flavor is terrific–I see why your family has requested it numerous times!

      • I am soooooo glad you made this!!! Seriously, it’s in my family’s top 5 recipes of all-time, ever. And that’s saying a lot after 7 years of blogging and 2 cookbooks :) So glad you loved it, Paula! Merry Christmas to you and Jon! We’re celebrating in Aruba :)

  3. SIGN ME UP! I’m all for a lasagna soup. Sounds amazing and looks even better! I’m just drooling over here looking at it! Plus, I never say no to a 3o minute meal!

  4. I was going to make one of the freezer meals for my mom be lasagna soup!  She’s Italian and LOVES her lasagna, though she would never say that it takes too long to make.  It’s probably the only thing that she makes that she thinks is worth the time.  ;)

    • This soup is seriously my family’s #1 favorite soup, ever, of all-time. I have made it at least 4-5 times since I originally was testing and trialing the recipe and every time I ask what do you want for dinner the past few months…They ask for this! Your mom will love it!

  5. This soup looks amazing!!  What an incredible list of ingredients! Definitely making!!

  6. How crazy! I’ve been craving lasagna soup lately. This looks cheese-tactic. And I love the addition of the sausage.

  7. This soup looks absolutely perfect! I love lasagna, so I’m sure this will be a new favorite! :)

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  8. Wow this lasagna soup looks absolutely incredible! Those photos are amazing and that deep tomato red is making my mouth water. This is definitely worth trying!

  9. This soup looks amazing. And I love it that it’s ready in only 30 minutes.

  10. Ooh, sounds delicious. I only make lasagna in the crockpot because it’s easier than the traditional method (no boiling the noodles) but you are right, it’s too heavy for me to eat very often. This soup would be the best of both worlds.

  11. I made this tonight and it was a HUGE hit! My 3 year old meat-hater couldn’t eat it fast enough, and he kept telling me, “This is so yummy” and “This is amazing, Mommy!” Win! I don’t have any broiler safe bowls so we just sprinkled mozz and Parm cheese on top before serving. Definitely going into my winter recipe rotation. :)

  12. With that cheese on top, yes!! And the marrying flavors, I bet. This looks delish!

  13. Oh my goodness, I’ve never seen a lasagna soup. Looks so amazing! I will make for my family :)

  14. All those flavours! 
    My nonna’s lasagne is my fave dinner but this looks much easier than making a full lasagne with all the layers. 
    Thanks Averie :)

  15. I’ve never tried lasagna soup. It sounds interesting. I’ll try it this weekend.

  16. My family’s favorite soup is your Panera copycat broccoli cheese soup. They ask for it all the time! I will definitely try this one and let you know what they say. I am vegetarian, so I will leave out meat. 

  17. I had to laugh because my mom always made the lasagne with too-watery tomato sauce and it was accidental soup, but not in a good way. This, on the other hand, looks hearty, crave-worthy, and intentional. :-) :-) thanks for the appetizing inspiration!

  18. This looks so good! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at lasagna soup for a while. With a recipe this quick, I have no more excuses.

  19. This was dinner for yesterday.  I have requests to make it again.  :)  I might choose a different noodle next time instead of breaking up lasagna noodles, just cuz I’m a little lazy.  

  20. Hello there, this was soo good. I did not have lasagna noodles so I used bowtie pasta, about half a box, and I made cheesy garlic bread instead of the broiled cheese on top.. we also like to add a dollop of greek yogurt for a little creaminess when serving. Thanks for this great recipe and letting me add my comments> have a wonderful day.

  21. My husband is a huge lasagna lover! We are living in London and he is eating lasagna everyday on lunch. I will surprise him with this soup. I have never heard for lasagna soup but it looks amazing <3 Happy Holidays, Laura

  22. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!  I made your lasagna soup for dinner tonight and it was loved by my three sons and my husband.  It is absolutely DELICIOUS!! BTW – you are rapidly becoming a household name at my house.  My boys love your Tortilla Soup too!  They want me to make MORE Averie recipes!  : )

    • Wait!  I was just reading your replies to your other comments on this recipe.  You claim that this recipe has made your top 5 favorites of all times?  Hmmm … what are the other 4 recipes?  I want to make them!  

      • It’s so hard to narrow down 1000+ recipes in my head down to just 5….BUT…my family is in love with this soup and they say it’s in the top 5 things I’ve ever made, period. For me personally, certain desserts (cookies, bars, cakes) stand out but it’s just so hard to pick and choose after all these years and cookbooks later!

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! And that’s cute your boys are asking for more Averie recipes :) Glad everything has been coming out great! Let me know what else you try!

  23. My husband will love this soup. :)

  24. This is absolutely the best soup I have ever had. It’s also toddler approved. My 20 month old is a picky eater, but definitely opened his mouth up for this soup! Thank you.

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you and that it’s the best soup you’ve ever had! My family feels the same way and that no soup I ever make forever more will ever top this one :) Glad your toddler is a fan, too!

  25. I made this for dinner this week. It is amazing! It made the house smell so good. Thank you so much for the recipe. I only added some water and more oregano. Delicious!

  26. Averie, this was one of the best soups evaaaah! I didn’t have sausage on hand so made mini meatballs and cooked them in the liquid (i.e broth and tomato). I also added sauteed mushrooms and some hot chili sauce for kick. People, make this soup! It’s so easy, delicious and belly warming – perfect for when the temperatures are dropping (at least in Canada). Thanks for another winner!
    Xena

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