Slow cooker lasagna soup with minced beef

Slow cooker lasagna soup

Slow cooker lasagna soup with minced beef

Try this new twist on the classic beef lasagna. It’s just as tasty and just as cheesy, but requires a lot less effort compared to the original. This slow cooker lasagna soup is made with traditional lasagna ingredients, and is a great option for feeding a crowd. What I love about this soup is that it’s very thick and satiating, which means that it will keep me full for a long time. Now, you might be skeptical, but look at that photo! I’ll explain how it works, just keep reading.

What do you need to make lasagna soup in the slow cooker?

  • Minced beef
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • Stock cube
  • Lasagna sheets or other pasta
  • Italian seasoning or a mix of dried herbs
  • Cheese (I used mozzarella, ricotta and cheddar)

Slow cooker lasagna soup

How do you make slow cooker lasagna soup?

Cook onion, garlic and minced beef in a pan, then move it to a slow cooker. Add seasoning, water, crumbled stock cube and diced tomatoes. Cook on low setting for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours. 45 minutes before serving, snap the lasagna sheets into smaller pieces, and add to the soup. Pour the soup into bowls, and top with cheese and optionally fresh herbs.

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Chop the onion and garlic.

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Fry the onion for a few minutes until translucent. Add garlic, and fry for 1 more minute.

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Add the minced meat, and use a spoon to split it in smaller chunks.

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Cook the meat for a few minutes until browned through. Remember to stir occasionally.

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Add the meat and onions to the slow cooker.  Add the herbs, and stir through to combine.

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Add tinned chopped tomatoes, water, stock cube and tomato paste. Stir to combine, and put the lid on.

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45 minutes before serving, prepare the lasagna sheets.

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Break the sheets into smaller pieces.

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Add to the slow cooker and stir through to soak the pasta.

How do you store this slow cooker lasagna soup?

You can store lasagna soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Alternatively, you can freeze it for up to 3 months. Defrost in the microwave, or in the fridge overnight. Double the recipe and make a big batch, as this recipe is perfect for meal prep!

Can you make this soup without a slow cooker?

Absolutely! Just follow the steps as suggested. Use a pot instead of the slow cooker. Cook the soup for about 1 hour, and it should be ready to serve. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. The slow cooking process will enhance the flavors, and is highly recommended. However if you don’t have access to one, a regular pot will do just fine.

Slow cooker lasagna soup

This easy and delicious soup is a new take on the classic beef lasagna, that is a lot easier to make but tastes just as delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
5 from 8 votes
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: beef, minced beef, pasta, tomato
Servings: 4
Calories: 483kcal

Equipment

  • Slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 500 g minced beef I use reduced fat
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes 400 g
  • 400 ml water
  • 3 tsp tomato puree
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 5 lasagna sheets

Herbs

  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary

Cheese

  • 5 tbsp ricotta
  • 25 g grated mozzarella
  • 25 g grated cheddar

Instructions

Pre-cook meat

  • Heat a small tsp olive oil in a pan on medium heat
  • Add the onion and cook 2-3 minutes until translucent
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute while stirring
  • Add the minced beef, and cook for 5-6 minutes until the meat has browned through. Use a spoon or spatula to split the meat in smaller pieces, and stir occasionally.
  • Add the meat and onions to the slow cooker and turn the heat off the pan.

Add the rest

  • To the slow cooker, add the dried herbs and stir
  • Crumble the stock cube on top
  • Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, including all the liquids
  • Add the tomato puree
  • Finally, add the water and put the lid on
  • Leave the slow cooker for 6-8 hours on low heat, or 4-6 hours on high heat

45 minutes before serving

  • Snap the lasagna sheets into smaller pieces, and add to the soup. Stir them into the sauce.
  • Add the lid back on and wait for the pasta to cook through

Assembly

  • Add the soup to a bowl
  • Top with cheese
  • Optionally, garnish with fresh herbs

Notes

Store this soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. 

Replace the meat

I used reduced fat minced beef for my lasagna soup. You can replace this with any other minced meat, like lamb, pork or turkey if that's your preference. For a vegetarian version, add 500 g of chopped mixed vegetables.

Replace the cheese

You can remove the cheese if you prefer, or you can use any other type of cheese. I tend to use whatever I have available, but I definitely prefer mozzarella, ricotta, cheddar and parmesan.

Replace the herbs

You can replace all the herbs with 3 tsp Italian seasoning. I used traditional Italian herbs, but you can experiment as much as you want.
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18 Comments
  • Lisa Huff
    Posted at 13:39h, 25 August Reply

    5 stars
    My son just had his wisdom teeth out and he’s been craving hearty soups. This is perfect thank you!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 13:51h, 25 August Reply

      Oh gosh! Soups are definitely great when you have a tooth ache. Hope you like it! 🙂

  • Caroline
    Posted at 14:51h, 25 August Reply

    5 stars
    Sounds like a tasty, comforting option perfect for a cold day.

    • Tonje
      Posted at 16:07h, 25 August Reply

      It sure is! An autumn favorite at our house 🙂

  • Jess
    Posted at 15:25h, 25 August Reply

    5 stars
    Yes please! This is such a great combination! I love lasagna and I love soup! I need to try this recipe ASAP!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 16:07h, 25 August Reply

      Yes! I’m a fan of soup and lasagna as well, and I promise this is just as nice as it sounds!

  • Sara Welch
    Posted at 16:10h, 25 August Reply

    5 stars
    This is my kind of recipe! This will be perfect for our family dinner tonight; looks amazing!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 16:12h, 25 August Reply

      It is really tasty, I hope you like it! 🙂

  • Sylvie
    Posted at 18:23h, 25 August Reply

    5 stars
    My goodness, what a delicious looking recipe! I love the idea of combining lasagna and soup, it is the perfect comfort food ever!!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 19:35h, 25 August Reply

      Absolutely! Glad you like it.

  • Heidy L. McCallum
    Posted at 19:47h, 28 August Reply

    Your soup looks great and I am definitely in the mood for something comforting. I cannot wait to try this in the upcoming cooler months!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 19:49h, 28 August Reply

      Thank you! It’s definitely a good autumn or winter recipe! 🙂

  • Pam
    Posted at 20:35h, 28 August Reply

    5 stars
    All the flavors of one of our favorite meals in soup form! Fantastic idea. Thank you!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:29h, 29 August Reply

      I’m glad you like it! 🙂

  • Cathy
    Posted at 21:32h, 28 August Reply

    5 stars
    I literally want to make this right now! This looks so so so good! My mouth is watering! Thanks for this inspiration, I will be making this soup for sure!!!!

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:28h, 29 August Reply

      I hope you like it!

  • Noelle
    Posted at 23:43h, 28 August Reply

    5 stars
    I have not heard of lasagna soup but it was amazing! Can’t wait to make it all summer

    • Tonje
      Posted at 05:28h, 29 August Reply

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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