Homemade Lasagna Soup: An Authentic Bowl of Goodness

Homemade lasagna soup is where the heartwarming flavors of classic lasagna meet the cozy comforts of a hearty soup. This delicious recipe combines traditional Italian sausage, ground meat, robust tomato sauce, and tender noodles – in a convenient soup.

Its deep, flavorful profile has a hint of fresh basil and Italian seasonings, which makes it a perfect meal for any day. Whether you’re craving the familiarity of lasagna or the warmth of soup, this dish promises to satisfy.

Origins of Homemade Lasagna Soup

The concept of homemade lasagna soup is deeply rooted in the tradition of making the most available ingredients. Historically, Italian cuisine is all about simple, high-quality components coming together in delicious ways. Much like how lasagna evolved from a need to create a filling meal. Its layers of pasta, cheese, and meat sauce, embodies the spirit of this dish.

This dish emerged as a creative solution for enjoying the essence of lasagna without the time-intensive layering and baking process. This soup that offers all the flavors of lasagna in a fraction of the time.

Ingredients

To whip up a bowl of this comforting homemade lasagna soup, you’ll need:

  • 1 pound Italian sausage (spicy or mild, depending on your preference)
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • A large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 ounces crushed tomatoes (tomato sauce or marinara sauce work too!)
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes with juices
  • 4 cups of sodium beef broth
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 lasagna noodles broken into 1-inch pieces

Cheese Topping for Homemade Lasagna Soup

  • 1 1/4 cups (5 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz) finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

Suggestions for Substitutes to Cater to Dietary Restrictions

  • For a gluten-free version, opt for gluten-free lasagna noodles.
  • If you’re steering towards a vegan diet, switch out the Italian sausage for your favorite plant-based sausage and use vegetable broth instead of beef broth.
  • Dairy-free? No problem. Simply skip any cheese garnishing, or choose a dairy-free alternative to sprinkle on top.

These tweaks ensure everyone can enjoy this hearty soup without compromising taste or dietary needs.

Cooking Utensils Required

You’ll need a few kitchen essentials to make this comforting homemade lasagna soup. Gather up:

  • A large pot or Dutch oven for simmering the soup. It’s perfect for cooking large quantities and ensuring even heat distribution.
  • A wooden spoon for stirring. It won’t scratch your pot and is ideal for breaking up the Italian sausage while cooking.
  • A knife and cutting board for dicing the onion and mincing the garlic.
  • A spoon serves the soup in bowls, ensuring you get a good mix of broth, veggies, and noodles in each serving.

Tips for Alternatives If Specific Utensils Aren’t Available

No worries if your kitchen isn’t fully stocked with these utensils. Here are some quick fixes:

  • Missing a large pot? Any large, deep pan can work in a pinch. Just keep an eye on the liquid level to avoid spills.
  • Don’t have a wooden spoon? Any sturdy spoon or spatula you have on hand will do the job. Just be mindful if you’re using non-stick cookware to avoid scratches.
  • No spoon? A large spoon or measuring cup can double as a makeshift ladle for serving your delicious lasagna soup.

These versatile suggestions ensure you will make this heartwarming dish, no matter the state of your kitchen utensils. Enjoy the process of creating something delightful. And never forget cooking is all about improvising and making it your own.

Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

step by step guide for homemade lasagna soup

Crafting this homemade lasagna soup bowl is a simple, rewarding process. Follow these detailed steps for a rich, flavorful experience.

  1. Preparation: Start by gathering all your ingredients and cooking utensils. This ensures a smooth cooking process without any interruptions.
  2. Cook the Sausage and Ground meat: Heat your large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the Italian sausage, ground meat, diced onion, and minced garlic. Use your wooden spoon (or any sturdy spoon you have) to break up the sausage as it cooks. Continue until the sausage is fully cooked through with no pink remaining. If there’s excess fat, carefully drain it off.
  3. Add Tomatoes and Broth: Stir in the crushed and diced tomatoes and their juices. Pour in the beef broth. Remember to switch to vegetable broth here if you opt for a vegetarian version.
  4. Season: Sprinkle the dried basil, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, and black pepper into the pot. These spices will infuse the soup with classic lasagna flavours.
  5. Simmer: Increase the heat to bring your soup to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the pot with a lid and allow the soup to simmer gently for 15 minutes. This simmering process melds all the flavours together beautifully.

Time to Add the Noodles

  1. Add Noodles: Carefully add the broken lasagna noodles to the pot. Return the lid and continue to simmer. This time, watch the noodles; you want them tender but not mushy—usually about 15 more minutes, depending on the noodle type.
  2. Final Touches: Introduce the spinach to the pot and stir through. The heat from the soup will wilt the spinach perfectly. Now is a good time to taste your creation and adjust the seasoning with additional salt and pepper.
  3. Rest & Serve: Remove the pot from the heat and allow your soup to rest for about 5 minutes. This brief pause deepens the flavours, creating a more cohesive taste profile.
  4. Garnish and Enjoy: Ladle the hot soup into bowls. If desired, top with a sprinkle of grated cheese, a dollop of ricotta, or fresh basil leaves for an extra flavour boost.

Achieving the Perfect Consistency and Flavor

  • If the soup appears too thick after adding the noodles, don’t hesitate to stir in a little extra broth or water until you reach your desired consistency.
  • Add a tablespoon of tomato paste to the crushed tomatoes for a deeper flavour.
  • Remember, the key to a flavorful soup lies in the simmering. Take your time with this step, as it fully integrates the ingredients and develops a rich, robust taste.

By following these steps, you’ll create a homemade lasagna soup that’s comforting and bursting with all the iconic flavors of a traditional lasagna. Enjoy the process and the delicious result!

Variations of the Recipe for Homemade Lasagna Soup

Enhancing the recipe to suit different tastes and dietary preferences can transform this lasagna soup into a new meal each time you prepare it. Consider these ideas for customising your batch:

  • Adding Different Proteins: While Italian sausage offers a traditional flavour, experiment with other proteins. Ground beef, turkey, or chicken can substitute for a different taste or a leaner option. Shrimp added in the last few minutes of cooking provides a unique variation for a seafood twist.
  • Incorporating Vegetables: Add more vegetables to boost the nutritional value and flavour profile. Chopped carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, or mushrooms can be sautéed with the onion for added texture and taste. These vegetables enhance the soup’s flavour and contribute vibrant colours.
  • Adjusting the Spice Level: For those who prefer their soup with a kick, incorporating red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, or diced jalapeños can elevate the heat. Start with a small amount and adjust according to preference, ensuring the perfect level of spiciness.
  • Creating a Creamier Texture: If you’re leaning towards a creamier soup, consider stirring in a bit of heavy cream or coconut milk during the last few minutes of cooking. For a lighter option, blending some of the cooked tomatoes and broth before adding the noodles can also create a thicker, smoother base without added dairy.

Pairing Suggestions

Complementing your lasagna soup with the right sides or drinks can turn a simple bowl into a sumptuous meal, invoking a sense of dining at a cozy Italian restaurant. Consider these curated recommendations to elevate the dining experience:

  • Garlic Bread or Breadsticks: No Italian meal is complete without warm, garlicky bread. It’s perfect for soaking up the rich tomato broth, ensuring no drop of flavor is wasted.
  • Caesar Salad: A crisp Caesar salad balances the soup’s richness with its fresh, crunchy greens and tangy dressing. It’s a refreshing side that prepares your palate for the next spoonful.
  • Italian Red Wine: A glass of Chianti or Sangiovese pairs beautifully with the bold flavors of the lasagna soup. For a lighter option, consider a fruity Rosé.
  • Sparkling Water with Lemon: For a non-alcoholic option, sparkling water with a twist of lemon provides a refreshing cleanse between bites, complementing the soup’s hearty flavors.
  • Creating a Full Meal: Transform your lasagna soup into a comprehensive feast by starting with an antipasto platter of olives, artichokes, and cured meats. Follow with the soup as your main course, accompanied by garlic bread and salad. Conclude with a selection of Italian cheeses, fresh fruit, or a scoop of gelato for dessert.

By incorporating these pairing suggestions, your lasagna soup transcends from a mere dish to an immersive dining experience, evoking the spirit and warmth of Italian cooking.

Conclusion

Embracing the simplicity and comfort of lasagna soup offers a delightful twist on the Traditional Lasagna. This dish encapsulates the rich, savory flavors that have made lasagna a beloved meal across generations. At the same time it provides an approachable, less time-consuming way to enjoy these tastes.

Whether you’re seeking to warm up on a chilly evening or simply craving the comforts of Italian cuisine without the hassle, this homemade lasagna soup is a versatile and satisfying choice. Feel free to experiment with ingredients and adjust recipes to cater to your tastes or dietary needs.

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Lasagna Soup

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Homemade lasagna soup combines the heartwarming flavors of classic lasagna with the comforts of a hearty soup. t’s loaded with beef, sausage, tomatoes, herbs and cheeses!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Servings 10

Equipment

  • 1 stockpot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound Italian sausage spicy or mild
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 14 ounces crushed tomatoes or marinara sauce
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes with juices
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 11/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 lasagna noodles broken into 1-inch pieces

Cheese Topping

  • 1 1/4 cups 5 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup 2 oz finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley plus more for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Heat the pot over medium-high heat and add the sausage, onion, bell pepper and garlic. Break it up with a spoon, cooking until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes (with juices), beef broth, seasonings, and 1 cup of water.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer covered for 15 minutes.
  • Add the lasagna pieces to the simmering soup and simmer covered for an additional 15 minutes or until the pasta is tender.
  • Remove from heat and let the soup rest for 5 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Ready to serve!

Cheese Topping

  • Stir all cheese toppings together in a bowl.
  • Spoon a scoop of cheese mixture on top of soup.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Lasagna Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 546Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 649mg28%
Potassium 1041mg30%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 895IU18%
Vitamin C 17.9mg22%
Calcium 381mg38%
Iron 5.3mg29%
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