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Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

Every fall and winter, our staff has a soup rotation. I have modified this recipe so I can prep it the night before and put it in the slow cooker in the morning. My colleagues love it! —Sharon Gerst, North Liberty, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Cook: 5 hours + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings (2-1/2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 6 lasagna noodles, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup cubed or shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Thinly sliced fresh basil, optional

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles, 8-10 minutes; drain. Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker.
  • Add onion and carrots to same skillet; cook and stir until softened, 2-4 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and garlic; cook and stir until mushrooms are softened, 2-4 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker. Stir in broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Cook, covered, on low until vegetables are tender. 4-6 hours.
  • Skim fat from soup. Add lasagna; cook until tender, 1 hour longer. Stir in spinach. Remove insert; let stand 10 minutes. Divide mozzarella cheese among serving bowls; ladle soup over cheese. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and, if desired, basil.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 420 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 1731mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • redcow
    Oct 31, 2020

    Very good. I will make again. My husband isn't a fan of soups. I asked him while he was eating the soup how it was and he didn't have any complaints. I used one quart of my home canned tomatoes (what I had on Hand) and two cans of mushrooms because I did not have any fresh ones. Already made two containers for lunches next week.

  • erinshea1982
    Jan 30, 2020

    I love any recipe that goes into the slow cooker! This is a flavorful soup. We really enjoyed it. I topped ours with a spoonful of ricotta cheese!

  • klabelle9
    Oct 21, 2018

    This is my #1 recipe to make for company. It's easy, artisanal-level taste, and it frees your evening so you can actually visit. I haven't had a single person over yet who doesn't love this soup. Plus it freezes well and is great for lunches.

  • linjor914
    Jun 12, 2018

    Used spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce. Used beef broth instead of chicken.

  • Barbcorb
    Oct 2, 2017

    My husband and I loved this recipe. I used half sage sausage and half a spicy sausage. I will definitely be making this again.