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Mama’s Lasagna Soup

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This may not be my Mama’s recipe, but I’m a mom so I think the name still fits. 😉 What is it about lasagna and especially lasagna soup that feels like home? I mean, I know it’s all saucy and delicious, but it’s not like I’m Italian, or even have an ounce of Italian (or I-talian like my dad says. Gah, I hate that. It’s like saying, law-yur) in me, but it totally feels like home to me. This soup happens to be our new favorite soup. It’s like a cross between a creamy soup and broth soup due to the addition of a little ricotta in it. It’s hearty, beefy, and delicious. In other words, perfection.

 Mama's hearty lasagna soup ohsweetbasil.com

I seem to always have some broken lasagna noodles in the bottom of the box, so this is pretty much the perfect solution so that you don’t waste them, but I’m also totally willing to break up new lasagna noodles to be able to eat this. You will want to be careful though, the noodles will slowly soak up more and more broth, so I never add them until the last 15 minutes and if I’m freezing the soup or making a bigger batch in order to have leftovers I save the noodles until I’m ready to eat it.

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My absolute favorite, favorite, favorite part is all of that baked cheese on top. Oh my heavens. It really is wonderful, and while you may be tempted to skip out on the bread, don’t!! Really, dipping pieces of crusty baguette in the soup is essential to your happiness.

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This soup is also a great idea for Super Bowl Sunday. The snacks are all fantastic, but you kinda need something a little more substantial too. This soup is hearty and cheesy enough that the party guests will looooooooooove it, and you can just let it simmer away until they arrive. Easy Peasy.

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Can Lasagna Be Made Ahead?

If you assemble and bake the lasagna ahead of time, you shouldn’t keep it longer than three days in the refrigerator.

You can assemble unbaked lasagna and cover in the refrigerator for one day before baking.

You can assemble and freeze unbaked lasagna for up to 3 months.

How Long Will Soup Keep?

Properly stored, soup will keep for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

It should be stored in an airtight container.

Mama’s Lasagna Soup

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Mama's Lasagna Soup

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 1 recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 4 Small Cloves of Garlic minced
  • 1 Green Pepper diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano chopped
  • 1 teaspoon parsley chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon basil chopped
  • 1 Lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Box Beef Broth 32 oz
  • 1/2 Cup Ricotta
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes 28 oz (I've used 14.5 oz and it's still delicious)
  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce 8oz can
  • 2 Cups Broken Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 Cup Mozarella Cheese shredded
  • Baguette For dipping

Instructions

  • In a heavy bottomed pot, over medium high heat, add the olive oil until it just starts to shimmer.
  • Add the garlic, stirring as you add it and cook for a few seconds, then add the onion.
  • Turn the heat down to medium and stir occasionally as you wait for the onion to turn soft and translucent, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the green pepper, oregano, parsley and basil.
  • Stir to combine and let cook for one minute.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until browned and no longer raw.
  • Add the beef broth and ricotta, whisking to break up the ricotta and help it to melt into the soup. Sometimes I press it up against the side of the pot to help it melt evenly.
  • Add the brown sugar, tomatoes and tomato sauce, stirring to combine.
  • Let simmer all day for maximum flavor or at least 20 minutes.
  • The last 15 minutes add the broken lasagna noodles and cook until tender.
  • Place the soup in oven safe bowls or soup mugs and top with cheese.
  • Heat the broiler to high heat and place the soup in the oven.
  • Once the cheese is golden and melted remove from the oven and serve with warm bread.

Notes

If you don't have access to fresh herbs, you can substitute half the amount of dry herbs. I personally prefer to use Gourmet Garden Herbs which are found in tubes in the produce section.
Nutrition Facts
Mama's Lasagna Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 3144
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 500.6mg167%
Carbohydrates 243.9g81%
Fiber 33.2g138%
Sugar 60g67%
Protein 171.6g343%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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76 comments

  • I know this recipe is years old, and I actually first made it 5 years ago. I remember loving it then, but I tend to be a person that has to always be trying new recipes so I had it saved in my big recipe stash that barely gets touched as I browse for new things to make.

    Anyways I randomly remembered it today and had a huge craving for it, so made it again. It’s even better than I remember, and my husband (the true critic) loved it so much he had 3 helpings…and he’s not even much of a soup person! This is definitely going into my regular meal rotation. 

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    • That’s so great to hear!! We are totally the same with how we make recipes and we haven’t had this one in a while so I had it planned for Saturday and your comment sealed the deal!

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  • Small tid bit, you should always add your onions to oil before your garlic, as garlic alone has a tendency to burn quickly and therefore become bitter. Adding your onion first lowers the temp of your pan and allows for a base of sorts for the garlic to cook with.

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  • Great recipe! Found by way of a Cottage Life email blast this morning. Perfect recipe for a day like today (not eating turkey in Canada!). Really tasty soup, although mine ended up more like a lasagna chili. 🙂 Nice to have another use for my rarely used french onion soup bowls. Willbe made again and again. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • And I still need to get french onion soup bowls so thank you for the reminder!

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  • How many “good eaters” does this serve? 🙂

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  • This soup looks amaazing! And your blog is pretty amazing too! I just want to make everything! 🙂 Can I ask you where you have bought your soup-mugs from? thank you! xo Iselin 🙂

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    • Just our regular grocery store. 🙂

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  • I’ve got all my ingredients set and ready to go! The photos are mouth-watering. I am using dried herbs for my trial run since I have them on hand. Will the measurements be the same? I look forward to trying it later with the fresh herbs.

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  • I just cooked this soup tonight, and it was absolutely wonderful…I made it exactly like your recipe with a couple exceptions…just threw a bit of sharp cheddar on top along with the mozzarella because that’s how I make my lasagna…and used bow tie noodles because I had some in the pantry 🙂 Came out perfect…thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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    • I’m so thrilled! And now I am totally craving it. Time for more soup!

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  • OH my!!! Made this yesterday and it is the Best! soup I have ever had. I put mine in the slow cooker on low all day and the flavor was phenomenal. I also made the Taco stew last week and it was great too. So glad I found your website 🙂

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    • Yay!!! I love that you loved it! Woohoo! Thank you for totally making my day!

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  • I wanted to share your recipe, but I couldn’t find a way to share it on facebook. Is it just my computer skills, or
    are you not set up to do it ?? (I am terrible with a computer, lol)

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    • Oh darn, you should be able to scroll to the bottom of the post and just click the facebook button to share. Or copy the url and paste it in your facebook update. 🙂

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      • Ok, will try again. I definitely want to share this.

  • I am making it now. I have to leave out the cheese, my kids will be in the bathroom all night, no milk products for them. I am hoping that this recipe will give me and the hubby our ‘lasagna fix’ since I can’t make it anymore due to the kids. He and I can add cheese to just our bowls.

    If you like this type of recipe, you should try stuffed pepper soup. It is similar and very hearty too.

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    • We love this soup and yes, I love that you can make yours with cheese and their’s without. I’ll have to search for the stuffed pepper! I’ve never heard of it!

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      • Soup was soooo good. I used fettuccini noodles broken into pieces and deer meat. My hubby loved it.

        Stuffed pepper soup has the same type of base that your soup has. It just has more peppers/onions and rice instead of noodles.

        Thanks for the recipe, it was excellent!

      • Ok, totally sold on the stuffed pepper soup, and I have everything I need to make it!!

      • New one for you to try…..Stuffed cabbage soup. Cabbage, tomatoes, onions, ground meat, rice.
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      • ohhh, I’ll have to look into that!

  • I have this simmering on the stove…my ricotta curdled when I added it even though I added it at the same time as the beef broth…the soup tastes fine (great in fact!) but is now a bit ugly with tiny flecks of white floating around:-). Is this normal? I had suspected it would do that but tried it anyway:-). Thanks!

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    • Darnit! I had it curdle once as well but the other times it was fine. I still have no clue as the temp was the same and everything. MAybe we should temper the ricotta first next time

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  • Just wonder how big of a box of beef broth you used. This sounds WONDERFUL and can’t wait to make it!!!!!

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    • Hey Brandie, It was a 32 oz box. Phew, I totally forgot to add that, but I’ll go now!

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  • Absolutley love this idea! Never thought of it before but my family loves lasagna and now that my husband can’t eat chili much because of an allergy to all peppers, I could use this soup instead when I have a hankering for chili.

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    • Yay! It will be perfect and it’s seriously one of our favorite soups ever.

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  • I just made this soup, double recipe I added a little more beef and twice as much ricotta 🙂 let it simmer for 5 hours (house smelled WONDERFUL! ). I as well used fresh herbs (strongly suggested you do that!). If you are planning to make this soup to keep don’t put in the noodles until you are ready to eat. I take the amount of soup I want to eat and then break up some lasagna noodles and add it to the pot warm up soup on med high for about 10-15 minutes perfect!!!! Top with mozzarella ……. The reason for only adding lasagna noodle when you are ready to eat is noodles become mushy and don’t stay very well

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    • Devin, I’m totally with you, fresh herbs are waaaaay better! So glad you agree. So many of my emails are, “I will only use dried…” So I’ve hung back a little on posting the fresh herbs measurements. I’m totally going to do it again knowing that there are people out there that are like me! Oh, and yes, always add the noodles before serving. I hate how much liquid they absorb.

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  • Hi, This soup looks incredible! I’m just wondering how much this makes? =)

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    • We got 6 servings out of ours.

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  • This soup sounds amazing! Comfort in a bowl =)

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  • I have never had a lasagna soup – definitely want to try this one!!

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  • This soup sounds awesome! Warm, comforting and meaty! Gotta try it someday! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    • Thank you! I hope you give it a go!

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  • This looks wonderful,what size can of tomato sauce do you use?
    I assume the tomatoes are 28oz?
    I’ll be making this as soon as I get the ricotta.
    Thanks!

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    • Anita! I kept forgetting to add that, so thank you so much for commenting. Ok, the tomatoes were 28 oz, but I’ve totally had to use only 14 oz before and it was still yummy. TOmato sauce was 8ox can. I hope you give it a go. I seriously ate waaaay too much of it.

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  • I simply adore the idea of having lasagna as soup! I’ve seen a recipe like this before and keep telling myself that I need to make it. Now, you have me convinced. 🙂 It looks amazing! And perfect for this time of year.

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    • Thanks, Sally! Growing up I hated lasagna-what the heck was I thinking?!!

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  • Loving your blog!!! And this soup looks INCREDIBLE!!!

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    • You’re so sweet! Thank you so much!!!

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  • Love the idea of adding ricotta to the soup. Yum!

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  • Yum, this sounds absolutely delicious – like the perfect winter comfort food!

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  • Oh wow this soup looks oh-so comforting. I too love Gourmet Garden Herbs!

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  • Wonderful comfort food!

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    • Hi Amanda!! Thank you! Wish we had EVO to get together again 🙁

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  • What a brilliant idea for a soup. I’m half asleep at my computer and I still want to go downstairs and make it right now.

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    • Boy, and it’s crazy snowy here today, so I feel even more tired!

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  • This sounds so comforting and down right delicious!

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  • HI Carrian! OMG. This looks so delicious. I want to make this immediately. It was such a pleasure to meet you at ALT! Love, Love, Love your site!

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    • You’re so sweet! Thank you!!

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  • Haha…I love the name. 😉 It’s definitely one that I would want my mama to make and pass down the recipe to me. It looks incredible! Oh, and those cups are great!

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    • Thanks! I know, I totally will have to remember to pass this on to my girls someday.

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  • Love the idea of lasagna soup! Adding this recipe to my to-try list.

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  • ooooohhhhhh. that baked cheese on top. I need this!

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    • That baked cheese is my favorite part! MMMMM!!

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  • this sounds so good…and agree what a great use for broken noodles…my hubby and kiddos will so love big bowl of this!

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    • Thanks Angela! So glad to see your comment was approved. WOOHOO!

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      • me too…woohoo..thanks for your help!

  • My husband (Randy) makes the most awesome lasagna in the world, so every time I see a recipe for lasagna soup I pass it up, thinking it couldn’t be as good as his lasagna, but I have to say I’m going to make your soup, ASAP!

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    • Aghhh, I hope I can stand up to the test!! We really do love this soup, but I’m dying to try Randy’s now.

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  • I think the name fits the soup! I absolutely love lasagna but making it into a soup is pure genius!

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    • So you’re saying I’m a genius?! Can we share that on all social media? Haha jk!

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  • Love lasagna and Gourmet Garden–can’t wait to try this!

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    • And I love you!

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  • I don’t even know what to do with myself right now.

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    • How about come have lunch with me!

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  • ahhhh I hate when people say I-talian/Eyetalian! Lol, my grandma does it and I’m like YOU’RE MARRIED TO ONE! PRONOUNCE IT RIGHT! 😛

    This soup looks rich and cheesy and full of yumminess!

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    • It’s so annoying! Eyetalian Soda, Eyetalian Restaurant. GAG!!

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  • I have recently noticed so many amazing lasagna soups around and I’m not sure why I have never made any. This looks SO amazing.

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    • Awww, thanks darlin’! How’s the move coming along?

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  • Comfort in a bowl, yum!

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    • And then we can all cozy up for dessert. It’s perfect!

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  • I love love love Gourmet Garden Herbs! I use the dill one all the time.
    Your lasagna soup looks and sounds scrumptious!

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    • Thanks, Leslie! Hope you’re well!

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