Lasagna Soup Recipe with Turkey Italian Sausage
Love lasagna but hate making all those layers? You’re not alone. You’re going to adore this lasagna soup recipe. It gives you the comfort that only lasagna can…but without the stress.
I’m kinda happy that it’s starting to be soup weather. Like the squash soup recipe I posted recently, I’ve also been sitting on this soup recipe for a LONG time, and I’m getting impatient to share it with you!
And I’m kinda happy for weather that calls for warmer clothes. I’m getting a little tired of my summer clothes. Probably because I literally only wear about 5 things, but that’s a minor detail. Bring on the sweaters, cardigans, and scarves. I’m so ready.
I can’t wait to see all the leaves change at our new house either. I’m just going to try and ignore what comes after that. But even if I’m going to be rudely reminded of what West Michigan winters look like, I’ll be happily eating soup and looking out at the beautiful snow.
Wait, did I just say “beautiful” snow? I don’t have to leave my house this winter, do I?
Let’s talk about this lasagna soup recipe for a minute. One of the reasons I’m posting this is because I really don’t like making actual lasagna. I’m told people exist who actually like making lasagna?! That seems strange to me. All the layers, all the steps, all the messiness and dirty dishes. It’s stressful! I think it’s the type A in me. I can never get that ricotta spread just the way it should be and it’s just so MESSY. The end result is so delicious though, so if I can have my lasagna and not have to make it, I consider it a win.
Also, this lasagna soup recipe is a little easier on the waistline than traditional lasagna. With less cheese, less pasta, and more vegetables, it’s just a better choice if you’re watching what you eat. I also used turkey Italian sausage to slim down the calorie count even a little more.
I shared lasagna soup with my parents along with Ben and the kids, of course, and it was a hit all around.
Warning: You may want to make extra of the cheese mixture because it’s hard to resist!
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Craving more easy and delicious soup recipes?
Here are a few more of my favorites:
- 20 minute Italian Turkey Bean Soup
- Chicken Soup with Farro and Vegetables
- Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
- Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup (make this in your Instant Pot or on the stove)
- Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 large onion, diced (about a cup)
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 1/4 pounds sweet italian turkey sausage, uncooked, removed from casings
- salt and pepper
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 1 clove garlic
- 2-3 ounces baby spinach
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- one 28 ounce can petite diced tomatoes (don't drain)
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 4 cups beef broth (no salt added)
- 10 lasagna noodles, broken into pieces (NOT the no-boil kind!)
- 1 cup ricotta
- 1/2 cup Parmesan
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
- salt and pepper to taste
- fresh basil to garnish, optional
- In a large pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, pepper, and turkey sausage. Cook, breaking up sausage, until onions are translucent and sausage is cooked through. Remove to a bowl. Place the pot back on the heat; add mushrooms. Cook until browned and then add meat back in along with garlic and spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted and garlic is fragrant.
- Stir in tomato paste until combined. Add tomatoes, oregano, parsley, basil, and broth. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
- While soup is simmering, cook pasta according to package directions. When cooked, drain and add to soup immediately prior to serving.
- In a small bowl, mix together ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheese. Top individual bowls of soup with a spoonful of this mixture immediately prior to serving. Garnish with basil, if desired.
If you prefer, you could cook the noodles right in the soup. Add more water as necessary. The starch from the noodles will thicken the soup.
Whole wheat lasagna noodles would be a great alternative.
To keep sodium count low, use no salt added beef broth and no salt added canned tomatoes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 537 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 112mg Sodium: 1743mg Carbohydrates: 45g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 42g
Husband’s take: He loved this soup — it’s very filling and satisfying.
Changes I would make: None are necessary.