Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

easy slow cooker lasagna soup

Do you ever just crave lasagna, but then you think about all the work it’s going to take and you decide, nah, I”ll try that another time?

 

Well that’s me too. Lasagna is good, and really it might not take *that* long, the 4pm hour is not the best time for several different pots cooking meats, chopping veggies, cooking noodles and all that when kids are underfoot or needing homework help am I right?

 

Enter making it a soup! Basically dump and done yes? And make it easier because you’ll prep it in the morning and come 4pm you won’t have much to juggle in the kitchen at all. Can I get an amen!?  Easier dinner time is possible, you just need good recipes and some prep to make it easier.

 

Make it Even Easier

One way I make this even easier for myself is with my FREEZER. Yep, you know it, I love my freezer and all the way it helps my future self. Here’s what I can use from it – if my past self has helped me today:

 

  • Frozen browned ground beef – I buy several pounds of beef, brown, drain and freeze
  • Frozen chopped veggies – either buy or when I chop an onion, I’ll chop two and pop the extra into a bag for a future night off of chopping onions
  • IF you don’t have a freezer full of chopped veggies – at least save yourself some time and invest in a chopper for the onions and carrots – carrots are easy to sneak in and no one will notice. *affiliate link*

Easy Steps

This recipe comes together quickly. Basically add those prepped ingredients and let them sit in the crockpot all day.  Right before dinner you’ll want to crunch up some lasagna noodles or really you could cook any noodles. I prefer lasagna noodles, not just because I’m extra – but it really does feel more like lasagna that way. And no, I’m not usually extra in the kitchen, I’m more about making it easier, that’s my game.

Cottage Cheese vs Ricotta Cheese

One last thing to note – cottage cheese vs. ricotta cheese: For me, this recipe becomes a “staples” recipe when I use cottage cheese because it’s usually in my house already. Ricotta would be an extra item to add to my grocery list, so as long as I’m planning ahead – it might just make this soup a bit more extra.  But I promise, cottage cheese goes great here.  We all love this meal and it’s worth a try!

Please let me know what you think when you get it all cooked up! And don’t forget a salad or some crunchy bread, yum!

A couple other favorite slow cooker recipes for easy dinners: salsa tacos, chicken & rice

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

Lasagna but easier! All the flavors without all the layering time. This will sure to be a family favorite soup.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: slow cooker
Servings: 8 people

Equipment

  • 1 Slow Coooker

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ yellow onion diced
  • ½ cup shredded carrots optional
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 15- oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15- oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp parsley
  • 1 Tbsp basil
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 16 oz cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
  • ½ a box lasagna noodles broken into bite-sized pieces

Instructions

  • Brown ground beef in a pan and drain.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients to a sprayed crockpot – minus the lasagna noodles. Cook on high 3-4 hours, low 6-8 hours.
  • Break up noodles and cook separately on the stove.
  • Plate soup into bowls – add noodles first and then mix soup and scoop into bowls.
  • Top with shredded mozzarella or Parmesan cheese if you’d like.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

This soup lasts our family two meals: I cook the other half of the box of noodles for the next meal, add some extra chicken broth to the soup, warm on the stove, and dinner is done!

Enjoy two weeks of dinner, already planned!

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