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One-Pot Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef — Ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot, this EASY lasagna soup is the perfect, hearty, comfort food recipe! Big chunks of ground beef, tender noodles, a tomato-based broth, and topped with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan! If you like lasagna, you’re going to LOVE this soup version of the Italian classic!

Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef - Ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot, this EASY lasagna soup is the perfect, hearty, comfort food recipe! Big chunks of ground beef, tender noodles, a tomato-based broth, and topped with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan! If you like lasagna, you're going to LOVE this soup version of the Italian classic!

Easy Lasagna Soup Recipe

If you’re a fan of lasagna but don’t have time for the assembly of layers and layers of homemade lasagna, I’ve got you covered with this easy lasagna soup recipe!

It’s made it one pot, ready in 30 minutes, and you don’t even have to boil the noodles separately!

This lasagna soup with ground beef is hearty, comforting, and perfect for chilly winter nights. Between the chunks of ground beef, there are also bits of diced tomatoes, and a rich tomato sauce-based broth.

Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef - Ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot, this EASY lasagna soup is the perfect, hearty, comfort food recipe! Big chunks of ground beef, tender noodles, a tomato-based broth, and topped with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan! If you like lasagna, you're going to LOVE this soup version of the Italian classic!

I top my lasagna soup with a three-cheese cheesy mixture made with ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. After all, isn’t the best part of lasagna all the gooey cheese? For me it is, so I don’t skimp with the cheesy goodness in this lasagna soup, either. After stirring it in, it makes the soup so creamy and decadent.

If you’re a lasagna fan, or have picky eaters at home, I guarantee everyone is going to adore this comfort food favorite soup recipe. It keeps well in the fridge and you can freeze it, too. More on that below.

Make sure to check out these other great lasagna recipes, too!

More Easy Lasagna Recipes

Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef - Ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot, this EASY lasagna soup is the perfect, hearty, comfort food recipe! Big chunks of ground beef, tender noodles, a tomato-based broth, and topped with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan! If you like lasagna, you're going to LOVE this soup version of the Italian classic!

Ingredients in Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef

This easy lasagna soup recipe with ground beef comes together with easy-to-find and very common ingredients including:

Soup

  • Lean ground beef
  • Yellow or white onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Reduced sodium chicken broth
  • Spaghetti sauce or marinara sauce
  • Canned petite diced tomatoes
  • Dried or fresh parsley
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Lasagna noodles
  • Fresh spinach (or kale)
  • Granulated sugar, optional
Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef - Ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot, this EASY lasagna soup is the perfect, hearty, comfort food recipe! Big chunks of ground beef, tender noodles, a tomato-based broth, and topped with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan! If you like lasagna, you're going to LOVE this soup version of the Italian classic!

Cheese Topping

  • Ricotta cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning

Garnishing (optional)

  • Fresh herbs, if desired such as fresh parsley, fresh basil, oregano

Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.

Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef - Ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot, this EASY lasagna soup is the perfect, hearty, comfort food recipe! Big chunks of ground beef, tender noodles, a tomato-based broth, and topped with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan! If you like lasagna, you're going to LOVE this soup version of the Italian classic!

How to Make One-Pot Lasagna Soup

With just 10 minutes of prep time, and 20 minutes of cooking and simmering time, this comfort food lasagna soup recipe is ready in 30 minutes. And it’s so easy!

  1. To a large pot or Dutch oven, add the ground beef, onion, and saute over medium-high heat to brown the beef. Add the garlic and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef - Ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot, this EASY lasagna soup is the perfect, hearty, comfort food recipe! Big chunks of ground beef, tender noodles, a tomato-based broth, and topped with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan! If you like lasagna, you're going to LOVE this soup version of the Italian classic!
  1. Add the chicken broth, spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and bring to a boil.
  1. Add the broken lasagna noodles and simmer until al dente.
Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef - Ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot, this EASY lasagna soup is the perfect, hearty, comfort food recipe! Big chunks of ground beef, tender noodles, a tomato-based broth, and topped with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan! If you like lasagna, you're going to LOVE this soup version of the Italian classic!
  1. Add the spinach, turn off the heat, and stir to encourage the spinach to wilt. Add a pinch of sugar if desired, and to taste.
  2. Separately, mix together the cheese topping ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Serve the soup in bowls, topped with the cheese mixture and garnish with fresh herbs, if desired.
Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef - Ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot, this EASY lasagna soup is the perfect, hearty, comfort food recipe! Big chunks of ground beef, tender noodles, a tomato-based broth, and topped with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan! If you like lasagna, you're going to LOVE this soup version of the Italian classic!

Can I Make this as a Crock Pot Lasagna Soup Recipe?

Yes, you can make this in a Crock-pot for crockpot lasagna soup.

Once the beef, onion, and garlic have been cooked on the stove, add them, plus the remaining soup ingredients to the crockpot (excluding the lasagna noodles and the spinach).

Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef - Ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot, this EASY lasagna soup is the perfect, hearty, comfort food recipe! Big chunks of ground beef, tender noodles, a tomato-based broth, and topped with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan! If you like lasagna, you're going to LOVE this soup version of the Italian classic!

You can cook on LOW for about 4 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.

Add the bite-size pieces of noodles and spinach in the last 30 mins of cooking, cook until tender, then top with a dollop of ricotta cheese mixture and serve.

To make the soup extra decadent, consider adding a few of my Baked Italian Meatballs.

Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef - Ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot, this EASY lasagna soup is the perfect, hearty, comfort food recipe! Big chunks of ground beef, tender noodles, a tomato-based broth, and topped with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan! If you like lasagna, you're going to LOVE this soup version of the Italian classic!

Storage Instructions

In the Refrigerator: This recipe will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days. Note that as it sits, the noodles will continue to absorb the broth so the overall level of the broth will seem reduced – it is – but it’s inside the noodles. This is common with any noodle-based soup.

In the Freezer: This recipe will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. However, if you plan to freeze it, I suggest not freezing it with the noodles nor the cheese already in the soup. Boil a fresh batch of noodles, thaw the soup, and the noodles to it along with the a tablespoon or two of the cheese mixture.

To Reheat: I use my microwave for quickness and ease and reheat my leftovers for about 30-60 seconds on high, or as needed. But you can use your stove top and a kettle if you prefer. Consider adding extra chicken broth as the soup will likely have thickened and the liquid volume gets soaked up by the noodles so some extra broth, to taste, will be a welcome addition.

Recipe FAQs

can i use another protein instead of ground beef?

Yes, you can. If you want to use ground sausage (sweet Italian or hot Italian) they would both work, as would chorizo.

You could probably use ground turkey or ground chicken for half the quantity of meat (about 1/2 pound) but I would not use it exclusively. Both ground chicken and ground turkey are so lean that you’ll miss out on some of the flavor that you get from ground beef.

should I drain the beef mixture?

Personally I don’t. If you’re using lean to extra-lean ground beef, and not adding any olive oil, I see no reason to drain the bit of fat and natural cooking juices that will render from the beef, onions, and garlic. That’s pure flavor right there and I wouldn’t drain it off!Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef - Ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot, this EASY lasagna soup is the perfect, hearty, comfort food recipe! Big chunks of ground beef, tender noodles, a tomato-based broth, and topped with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan! If you like lasagna, you're going to LOVE this soup version of the Italian classic!

can i use another type of pasta or noodle?

If you don’t have lasagna noodles, you can substitute with your favorite small-shape pasta including penne, ziti, bowtie, wheels, small shells, macaroni, or your favorite.

Can I use a variation of the three cheeses?

I would use all three cheeses because they help transform this lasagna soup into the cheesy comfort food that actual lasagna is known for! However, if you want to scale back a bit on one I’m sure it will be fine. Or use more of another type. Ricotta is for creaminess, mozzarella gives you that ooey-gooey pizza cheese effect, and Parm adds rich savory flavor.

should I use fresh or frozen spinach? or another green?

Definitely fresh spinach is the way to go here! Spinach wilts down into next to nothing so don’t worry about it looking like a fair amount when you first add it. Frozen spinach is fine for dips, but I don’t like the truly flakey look it has when it’s floating in soup broth. I prefer a heartier piece, which is why I always use fresh spinach.

2 cups = 2 heaping fistfuls or handfuls, but you can add more, if desired.

Kale is another great green for soups and if you happen to have some on hand, tear off the leaves from a couple of ribs and toss them in, too.

What to Serve with Lasagna Soup

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One-Pot Lasagna Soup with Ground Beef

By Averie Sunshine
Ready in 30 minutes and made in one pot, this EASY lasagna soup is the perfect, hearty, comfort food recipe! Big chunks of ground beef, tender noodles, a tomato-based broth, and topped with a three-cheese mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan! If you like lasagna, you're going to LOVE this soup version of the Italian classic!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients  

Soup

  • 1 pound lean or extra lean ground beef, about 90 to 95% lean*
  • 1 cup yellow or white onion, diced small
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 32 ounces reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 24 ounces spaghetti sauce or marinara sauce
  • 14.5- ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 9 lasagna noodles, broken into chunky bite-sized pieces (or another small shaped pasta such as ziti, penne, wheels, small shells, elbow macaroni)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, kale may be substituted
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, optional and to taste

Cheese Topping

  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt, optional and to taste

Garnishes, optional

  • Fresh herbs finely minced such as fresh parsley, fresh basil, oregano, or as desired

Instructions 

Soup

  • To a large Dutch oven or soup pot, add the ground beef, onion, and saute over medium-high heat to brown the beef, about 5 minutes. Crumble and stir beef frequently as it cooks to ensure even browning. Tip – If desired, you can add 1 tablespoon olive oil to help things along if you're using very lean beef.
  • Add the garlic, stir, and saute for 1 minute, or until fragrant; stir continuously. Note – If you're using a fattier cut of ground beef, ground Italian sausage, or chorizo, you may consider draining the cooking liquid but in most cases, if you're using lean or extra-lean ground beef, there's very little fat that will be rendered out, and what is present is pure flavor and I do not drain it off.
  • Add the chicken broth, spaghetti sauce, petite diced tomatoes, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, stir to combine, and bring to a boil.
  • Add the lasagna noodles, and cook until they're al dente, about 11 to 13 minutes, or as indicated on the package. Broth Tips – If at any time the soup looks like it needs more broth because the noodles have soaked up a fair amount, add additional chicken broth 1/2 to 1 cup at a time. If by chance (less likely) the soup is too brothy, simply allow it to boil rapidly for an extra couple minutes and some of the excess liquid volume will evaporate.
  • Add a couple big handfuls of spinach, turn off the heat, and stir to combine until wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Taste the soup and make any necessary seasoning adjustments as desired. Tips – If the soup tastes at all flat, boring, or lackluster, it likely needs more salt. I personally add another 1-2 teaspoons at this point but do as you see fit. It may also need more pepper, Italian seasoning, or more red pepper flakes to add a tiny bit of additional flavor in the form of 'heat' without being spicy in the least.
  • Optionally, add 1 teaspoon granulated sugar. I find that it balances the acidic nature of all the tomato-based ingredients but it's personal preference. Set soup aside momentarily.

Cheese Topping

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, and stir to combine.
  • Ladle the soup out into bowl, top with a dollop of the cheese mixture, stir in as desired, and optionally garnish as desired, and serve immediately. See below for storage and reheating.

Notes

*You can substitute ground Italian sausage (sweet or hot), ground chorizo, or about 1/2 pound of ground turkey or ground turkey and make up the other 1/2 pound with ground beef, sausage, or chorizo. Ground turkey or ground chicken are so lean that without some fattier protein, your soup may be a little lackluster in flavor.
Storage
In the Refrigerator: This recipe will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days. Note that as it sits, the noodles will continue to absorb the broth so the overall level of the broth will seem reduced – it is – but it's inside the noodles. This is common with any noodle-based soup. Add more broth when reheating (see below), if necessary.
In the Freezer: This recipe will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. However, if you plan to freeze it, I suggest not freezing it with the noodles nor the cheese already in the soup. Boil a fresh batch of noodles, thaw the soup, and the noodles to it along with the a tablespoon or two of the cheese mixture.
To Reheat: I use my microwave for quickness and ease and reheat my leftovers for about 30-60 seconds on high, or as needed. But you can use your stove top and a kettle if you prefer. Consider adding extra chicken broth as the soup will likely have thickened and the liquid volume gets soaked up by the noodles so some extra broth, to taste, will be a welcome addition.
Slow Cooker Directions: Read blog post for details.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 318kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 78mg, Sodium: 1771mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 4 stars
    Really nice. Bit spicier than I thought it would be so might try it with less red pepper flakes. I made half with ground beef and half with vegetarian meatballs for vegan family members. Makes a big pot of soup! Ingredients were expensive so glad it was so big.
    I wondered about the cheese topping when I prepared it but it melts into the hot soup and was a nice addition.

  2. 4 stars
    Really nice. Bit spicier than I thought it would be so might try it with less red pepper flakes. I made half with ground beef and half with vegetarian meatballs for vegan family members. Makes a big pot of soup! Ingredients were expensive so glad it was so big.
    I wondered about the cheese topping when I prepared it but it melts into the hot soup and was a nice addition.

    1. I am glad that you enjoyed the cheese topping because yes it does melt so nicely into the soup!

      Re the spiciness level, I wrote 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes, or to taste. Whenever anything is at all spicy, I do try to say “or to taste”. But really, 1/2 tsp in this very BIG pot of ingredients, is really nothing and would not have contributed to true spiciness.

      Are you sure by any chance you didn’t buy fire-roasted canned tomatoes? Or the marinara sauce you used didn’t have some heat? Because the chili flakes alone IMO would NOT actually be the culprit.

      Regardless, glad you enjoyed it and could customize it for vegan family members, too.