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Healthier Lasagna Soup

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If you haven’t seen recipes for lasagna soup all over the web for the last couple years, then you don’t follow as many blogs as I do-lol!  It is everywhere.  It’s taking over the blogging world.  If it wasn’t so delicious, it might scare me a little, but now that I’ve made it I totally get it.

Everyone has their own variation and I just took the one from Suzie’s blog and made it a little healthier.  I have to tell you that Biz is actually the reason I finally made this soup because I think she’s made it (and raved about it) 55.7 times since Suzie posted it and I just couldn’t resist any longer.

So glad I gave in–this soup is completely frabrilis!  I mean hello, lasagna in soup form?  Frabrilosity! 

P.S. A lot of things went wrong with my pictures and I do not care to explain the unattractive, cold plops of cheese and how thick this is because you would scoff at me and I’m not in the mood for your scoffing beyond the scoffing you’re doing at my cheese plops.  :D  Just follow my directions and you will have frabrilis soup that looks as delicious as it tastes.

Healthier Lasagna Soup

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2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (19.5 oz) package lean sweet Italian turkey sausage
1 cup chopped onions
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28 oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
2 bay leaves
6 cups chicken stock
8 oz. broken up whole wheat lasagna noodles or other pasta of choice
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the cheesy goodness:
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese or ricotta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Remove sausage from casings and add to skillet along with the onions and cook, breaking up into bite-size pieces, for 5-10 minutes, until meat is cooked through. Add garlic, basil, oregano and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute.

Add tomato paste and stir well to incorporate. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the tomato paste turns a rusty brown color.

Add diced tomatoes, bay leaves and chicken stock. Stir to combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add uncooked pasta and cook until al dente. Don’t over cook or let soup simmer too long, as the pasta will get mushy and absorb all the broth.*

While pasta is cooking, prepare the cheesy goodness by combining the cottage cheese or ricotta and Parmesan together in a small bowl. To serve, place a dollop of the cheesy goodness in each soup bowl, sprinkle some of the mozzarella on top and ladle the hot soup over the cheese.

*Note: If you are anticipating leftovers, it’s best to cook the noodles separately and add them to the bowl along with the soup, then store them separately, drizzled with olive oil so they don’t stick together.  They will become mushy if stored in the broth.

Recipe source: slightly adapted from Two Dogs in the Kitchen.

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

25 responses »

  1. I make a similar Pizza Soup with rotini. My 10 year old requests it ALL THE TIME. He likes tons of noodles in it so it is more like a casserole, especailly after it’s sat in the frig for a day or so. Funny, he doesn’t like actual lasagna though. It’s the cheese he doesn’t like and like this soup, you don’t actually put cheese IN the soup. Looks good!

  2. Wow, I had no idea such a dish existed! Sounds yummy for a dreary February day!

  3. Looks very appetizing! I have never made lasagna soup before but it’s something I’ve always wanted to try out considering lasagna is one of my fave dishes!

  4. This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!


  5. lasagna soup is so good! i’ll have to try this version :)

  6. I believe that’s it’s totally delicious! Don’t worry–anyone who’s blogged about food totally gets the struggle for a good picture that can sometimes occur. =)

  7. I haven’t heard of this, but it looks so yummy! I want to try it, but I would have to make it dairy free :( tear, tear. I have a really good dairy-free sour cream, do you think that would be a good substitute?

    • Actually, I do think that would be OK, and maybe some Daiya cheese shreds. I think it is fabulous even without the cheese though so you could just do it that way too!

  8. This looks so delicious and definitely a healthier substitute :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. I absolutely love that you made it healthier. I am one of the people who has yet to make this soup, but I will be getting around to it!!!!!!!

  10. Never heard of it, which is appearing to be a pity. I think I will have to give this one a try!


  11. Well I’ve made a few lasagne’s that turned out like soup!!! Why not start off as soup, after all it’s the rage! It’s frabrilis!

  12. Waa, my comment got lost. Glad you finally made this V! Next time I make it (and you know there will be a next time) I’ll try it with turkey sausage. :D

  13. I personally think the pics look great…makes me wanna reach in and grab the entire bowl, hide somewhere and gobble it up! =) Love the turkey addition…it’s my go-to as well. YUM!!

  14. I just made lasagna soup for some friends for their dinner tonight! Lol!! Yes, it’s addictive. I like how you made it healthier.

  15. I really like your healthy version of Lasagna Soup, it sounds so easy. =) Love the cheese part that is added,..yum!

  16. This is the perfect way for me to get my lasagna fix so that I don’t have to make a whole pan for myself. I love your healthier version!

  17. Didn’t think a thing about your cheese plops and photos! :) Loved Rhonda’s post featuring your choco covered cherries!

  18. I made this for the residents in my group home. They loved it! All of them wanted to take what was left in their lunch the next day. As far as the pictures, I thought they were great. It makes it look homemade and not a prop set up ahead of time.

  19. Yes! Your timing couldn’t be more perfect as I’m looking for a couple of dishes to send to my parents as my mom is having surgery next week. My Dad LOVEs lasagna, but they are both trying to lighten up their diets. I will be adding zuchinni as it goes perfectly with italian dishes…oh, perhaps some baby spinach (works in my Minestrone) Diging how you pour hot soup over the cheese…very 5* worthy.

  20. This looks so delicious and comforting – perfect for a cold night of vegging out and catching up on reality shows. I intend to make this!

  21. mmm sounds yummy! Another recipe perfect for this yuck weather. And I think your photos look great :)


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