Frugal Foodie Mama: Weeknight Lasagna Soup

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Weeknight Lasagna Soup

Enjoy all the gooey, cheesy goodness of a homemade lasagna in just 30 minutes with this easy to make Weeknight Lasagna Soup...
Enjoy all the gooey, cheesy goodness of a homemade lasagna in just 30 minutes with this easy to make Weeknight Lasagna Soup.

Having Italian roots and all, I am a sucker for homemade lasagna. It is just one of those classic Italian dishes that you just can't go wrong with. My only gripe about it? Making it. Call me lazy, but why does a good homemade lasagna have to take so much time to assemble and bake? From the browning of the meat, to the layering of the noodles with the filling, to the actual baking time, it can take up to two hours to whip up a dish of lasagna! And of course my homemade lasagna cravings always seem to hit me on a busy weeknight. The last thing I have on a busy weeknight is two hours to kill on making dinner. My solution? This easy to make Weeknight Lasagna Soup. :)

Seriously, folks. If you want all the gooey, cheesy goodness and flavor of a homemade lasagna without waiting hours for it, then this lasagna soup is about to become your new dinner time best friend...

Enjoy all the gooey, cheesy goodness of a homemade lasagna in just 30 minutes with this easy to make Weeknight Lasagna Soup.
Weeknight Lasagna Soup

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Ingredients (Serves 6-8)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb of lean ground beef
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • One 24 oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 32 oz (4 cups) beef broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (more or less depending on your heat preference)
  • 8 lasagna noodles, broken into spoon sized pieces
  • Shredded mozzarella, for topping the bowls of soup
Instructions
In a dutch oven or large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef. Season with salt & pepper, and cook until browned. Drain the fat from the ground beef.

Pour in the beef broth, pasta sauce, and water. Mix in the crushed red pepper (you can omit this if you prefer no spiciness to the soup). Bring to a boil and then add in the broken lasagna noodles.
Continue to boil for about 5 minutes and then turn down the heat to medium. Cook until the lasagna noodles are tender.
Season to taste with salt & pepper.

Ladle the soup into bowls and then top shredded mozzarella cheese. Enjoy!

**Tip- After topping the bowls with mozzarella, place them under the broiler for 1-2 minutes to get the cheese bubbly and golden brown. Just be careful of the hot bowls, and make sure they are oven proof!
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Enjoy all the gooey, cheesy goodness of a homemade lasagna in just 30 minutes with this easy to make Weeknight Lasagna Soup.

I originally shared this recipe for Weeknight Lasagna Soup back in April of 2013. You can click on over to check it out, but let me forewarn you to brace yourself. ;) Let's just say that this go-to recipe post of mine was in dire need of a little photography makeover.
I really didn't change much about the original recipe other than increasing the beef broth I added in. I did that for two reasons- 1. If you buy the cartons of broth like I do, then why not use the whole thing in this soup instead of letting it possibly go to waste in your fridge? & 2. More flavor, of course!
Enjoy all the gooey, cheesy goodness of a homemade lasagna in just 30 minutes with this easy to make Weeknight Lasagna Soup.

This Weeknight Lasagna Soup finds its way on my weekly meal plan rotation at least twice a month, sometimes more during the fall and winter months. And this is one of those tried and true recipes that I will 100% vouch for. It is absolutely delicious, folks. It cures my lasagna craving, and is on my dinner table in around 30 minutes. You just can't beat that.

What is your favorite go-to dinner recipe for busy weeknights?

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