Crockpot Lasagna Soup

This one pot wonder is simply, wonderful.
 
One pot slow cooker meal!
 

Having a vegetarian hubby, we have a lot of lasagna for diner. It’s easy to make vegetarian, the kids love it, AND it’s fun to switch up the different fillings to make new and different kinds of lasagnas.

 

My Mexican Lasagna is a great example of ways to switch it up. (FYI..it’s to die for, just sayin’)

 

Anywho, the other night while I was making my lasagna sauce, it HIT me! This would make an awesome soup!

 

And what better way to cook a soup, than in the crockpot. Score! This one pot meal will be in our winter menu rotation, for sure!

 

NOTE about beef: The pictured meat is the vegetarian crumble… that is why it looks browned. You do NOT have to brown the beef before putting into the crock pot. I did not pre-cook the meat first. If you are using a higher fat ground beef (like an 80/20) you might want to precook to drain off some of the fat. But if you don’t mind the extra fat…that isn’t even necessary, just a suggestion.

 

Here is what you need: Serves 6-8

1 lb ground beef (or vegetarian crumble)
3 cups of beef broth (or vegetable broth to make vegetarian)
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 TB dried parsley
1 TB dried basil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1, 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
1, 6oz can of tomato paste
1 cup V8 (or any vegetable drink)
2 cups uncooked shell pasta
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt

1 cup of water
Optional topping- shredded cheese

1. First mix together the can of tomatoes, and tomato paste in crockpot.

 

2. Next add broth, beef, garlic, parsley, basil, onion, V8 and salt/pepper.

 

3. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.

4. When 30 minutes are left of cook time, add in the 1 cup of water and noodles. Stir to combine. Put lid back on and continue cooking for 30 minutes.

NOTE:
If you like your soup to have more liquid,  feel free to add some extra broth and or water when you add the noodles.

 
 
I served our soup with some shredded cheese. YUM!
 
 
 

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Crockpot Lasagna Soup
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef (or vegetarian crumble)
  • 3 cups of beef broth (or vegetable broth to make vegetarian)
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 TB dried parsley
  • 1 TB dried basil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1, 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1, 6oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 cup V8 (or any vegetable drink)
  • 2 cups uncooked shell pasta
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • Optional topping- shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. NOTE about beef: The pictured meet is the vegetarian crumble... that is why it looks browned. You do NOT have to brown the beef before putting into the crock pot. I did not pre-cook the meat first. If you are using a higher fat ground beef (like an 80/20) you might want to precook to drain off some of the fat. But if you don’t mind the extra fat…that isn’t even necessary, just a suggestion.
  2. First mix together the can of tomatoes, and tomato paste in crockpot.
  3. Next add broth, beef, garlic, parsley, basil, onion, V8 and salt/pepper.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.
  5. When 30 minutes are left of cooking time, add in the 1 cup of water and noodles. Stir to combine. Put lid back on and continue cooking for 30 minutes.
 
 
Here is what I used to make this yummy meal!
 
 
 

Comments

  1. Corey this looks delicious! My hubby LOVES lasagna so we’ll need to try this!

  2. This recipe looks so good! sharing on Pinterest..and printing right now. =)
    Thanks!

  3. Love the picks, haha ~ Looks amazing girl!

    • :) Thank you Keeley :) Would this be hard to make gluten free?

      • I made a gf version last night and everyone liked it. I didn’t have time to do the crockpot so I did it on the stove. First browned ground chicken and onions. Then added tomatoes, paste, garlic, broth, spices, etc. Cooked for a bit then added some quinoa shell pasta and cooked until they were finished through. I don’t think I had to add any additional water.

  4. Do you brown the ground beef before you put it in the crockpot?

  5. I made this tonight and it was very good! I kinda screwed up though. I misread the quantity of the uncooked pasta shells and added WAY too much!Although the flavor was great, It was more like a stick to your ribs, thick, hearty, lasagna mac rather than a “Soup”. I will definitely make this again! Maybe next time, I won’t be distracted by a toddler screaming at my feet lol. Thanks so much for this recipe!! :)

    • I am so glad you loved it! As the recipe stands, it is a pretty hardy soup, so maybe you didn’t do anything wrong. If you like a soupier soup, just add some extra broth or water when you put in the noodles :) Right now you should add 1 cup of water with the noodles…next time do 2 cups or an extra cup of broth. Make sense?

  6. We just moved and I can’t find my crock pot! HELP!! Has anyone made this without? Also, do you “crumble” the meat in there, or just add the lump of it raw, and it falls apart while cooking?

    • If you are going to do this recipe stove-top instead of the crockpot…this is what I would do. I would cook the noodles separate and set aside.Next, Saute the onion and garlic until soften. The add beef and cooked until browned. In a large pot, combine all the ingredients except the noodles. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 30-40 minutes, stirring every once and awhile. The last 10 minutes, add the noodles. Hope that helps!
      XO

      • Michelle says:

        I did this tonight on the stove-top and it only took about 30 minutes to make. I browned the ground beef and onions together, in some water then drained and rinsed them (to get rid of as much of the grease as possible). Then I put everything in a pan, set it on medium high and stirred it every few minutes. I added water when it looked like it needed it and when the noodles were done I served it. I didn’t have any tomato paste so I just left it out, although I added a dash of sugar to give it a little sweetness that I thought the paste would of provided. This recipe turned out great and 3 of my 4 kids want to eat this again ~So that means it’s a success in my book! Thanks for the recipe :)

      • Hi. What is the answer to the other part of her question. Do you crumble up the raw hamburger when you put it in or just plop it in there and it crumbles as it cooks? Thanks!

  7. Just to clarify…you put the noodles in uncooked, correct?

  8. Since every other crockpot recipe you’ve featured has been incorporated into our family’s favorites, this one is a no brainer to try next. Looks fantastic! Yum!!

  9. can you just use a pasta sauce along with the beef broth and v-8 or does the paste, tomato’s and juice change the thickness?

    • hmmmm. I have never tried it this way, but I don’ think it would change it that much. Maybe add an extra cup of water to it if it seems too thick. I would LOVE to hear how it turns out for you. I am sure the pasta sauce will work fine. Just watch your thickness :) Hope that helps!
      XO

  10. Anonymous says:

    Just signed up for your newsletter – winter is on it’s way and Mama loves her crockpot. (I am Mama.) Thanx for all the delicious ideas to come! …Christine

  11. Making this today….hope it tastes as good as it smells!!!!

  12. I just pinned this, it’s going on our dinner menu next week!!

  13. Tried this tonight and my fiance and I both loved it! It was great with some mozzarella cheese on top…maybe next time I will add a little cheese while it’s cooking! Thanks for the great recipe! :)

  14. Anonymous says:

    Can you make this without the V8? I just never buy that and I don’t want to have a ton of V8 left over. It’s hard to find in small quantities.

  15. This is what we call “GOOLOSH” like your fancier name of Lasagna Soup though makes it seem less “red neck.” And it is DELICIOUS

  16. Can the veggie meat be put in while frozen ?

  17. okay great !! Can’t wait to.make this for dinner tomorrow !!

  18. The hamburger goes in uncooked? Do you crumble it or just sort of throw in the whole lump of meat and it’ll ceumble while cooking…?

  19. I made this today….it’s cold and rainy outside and it was perfect! Loved it! Thank you for sharing.

  20. OMG.. Made this today, and it was FABULOUS! We made it with Quorn vegetarian crumbles, and while I did add some shredded cheddar jack at the end.. I think because this is a lasagna soup, next time (very very soon), I’ll add a dollop of ricotta! Maybe throw in a chopped bell pepper too… Yum, yum, yum. When I added the pasta, I added an extra 1/2 cup of the veggie broth, and it was perfect for us. Thank you for another fabulous recipe!!

  21. The hamburger goes in uncooked? Do you crumble it or just sort of throw in the whole lump of meat and it’ll ceumble while cooking…?

  22. Catie Muller says:

    Making this right now, and my house smells amazing! Thank you for the great recipe. I’m signing up fir notifications now. :)

  23. Didn’t really see an answer. But I have the same question as a few others above..

    Do u just throw in an uncooked lump of hamburger and it crumbles while cooking? Will the grease mess up the soup? Or just use very lean meat?

    • Yes, the hamburger goes in uncooked. I would break it up a bit as you put it in :) I always try to use lean meat when cooking. So if you can find it , go with that. Hope you love it Stacey!

  24. Thanks so much for the recipe! My husband and I loved it! I used turkey for the meat, and chicken broth instead of beef (bc that’s what I had) and it still turned out to be very yummy! Thanks again!

  25. WOW!!! This recipe is AMAZING! Absolutely delicious! I followed it to a tee and it turned out perfect! Thank you for sharing! Would love more of your recipes!

    • Thank you soooo much Karen for taking the time to let me know! I am so glad it turned out for you :) I hope you have fun trying out some new recipes here! XO

  26. Okay, so my family leaves the house at seven and gets home at five thirty. If I cooked it on low for 8 hours, the turned the crockpot on warm, and add the noodles when I got home and let them cook on low for 30 minutes, do you think that would work?

    • Milena, that sounds like a perfect plan to me! I am sure that will work out great. Please let me know how it turns out for you :)

  27. Made this tonight and even my very picky 8 year old loved it! I used ground turkey instead of beef and I didn’t need to add the extra water when I added the noodles, there was plenty of liquid. Great comfort food recipe!

    • and in case you’re wondering…I put this recipe into the WW Recipe Builder and I calculate that it is about 5 points for a cup. I know what I’m taking for lunch tomorrow!

    • Excellent! I am so glad everyone enjoyed it! The picky eater approval is like winning a gold medal! hehehe Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by to let me know :)
      XO

  28. I made this today. I made mine with turkey burger and added mushrooms to the ingredients. It was AMAZING!!!!! My kiddos even loved it; which is an awesome accomplishment in our house. Thank you for the great recipe :)

  29. Can’t wait to try this one!! It is on the menu for Thursday night!!!

  30. Made this tonight and it was SO GOOD! Very hearty and filling and tasty! I made a few tweaks because I had a lot more beef and a bit less broth, but it’s one of those recipes you can fiddle with a little bit and know it will be just fine. We have a ton leftover, so I look forward to eating it again tomorrow! Thanks, this one makes it into our dinner rotation for sure :)

    • Fantastic Sabrina! Yes, I love to hear about the different add-ins people have been doing. SO FUN! Enjoy the leftovers. They freeze well too :) Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing girl! XO

  31. This recipe sounds great. I would like to make it for a group of moms that swap prepped freezer meals once a month.
    I know I don’t want to freeze with the noodles in it so I have a quick question: should I cook completely and the have them heat on stove top (or some other suggestion) and cook noodles separately or just throw everything (except noodles) in bag raw and have them cook in crock as directed? Thank you.

    • First of all, I LOVE the idea of a freezer meal swap! How fun is that?! If you are going to freeze without the noodles, I would just make fresh noodles the day that you will be serving it, and mix fresh noodles together with the reheated soup.. I think that would be the easiest way :) Hope you enjoy! XO

  32. I made this today, and it tastes pretty good, but mine is SO RUNNY! (I mean I do know it’s a soup…but still) It doesn’t look anything like your finished product. I feel like maybe 2 cups of shells wasn’t enough? I actually added cornstarch just to thicken it up. Next time I think I’d scale back the broth and the V8 AND forget the water for the noodles. Tastes good though, so that’s not a real complaint…just an observation.

    How’d yours turn out so thick??

    • That is so funny, because people have also said that the soup is too thick :) Maybe my crockpot runs hotter? Sounds like you are right, skip out on that extra water next time, or add some extra noodles :) I am happy hear you enjoyed it! Next time you make it, let me know how that adjustment works out for you Allyson. XO

  33. A FB friend sent me here after making your recipe. He said it was delicious. One question for you, is vegetarian crumble soy? Can you leave it out? I guess that was 2 questions :) Thanks, Amy

    • It is a soy product, and yes you could use real meat instead. I have made it both ways and both are equally delish! If you are not wanting to use soy OR real meat, the I would suggest beefing it up with some veg… bell peppers, zucchini.. It would be lacking something if you didn’t add at least something. Hope that helps! Thank you so much for stopping by! XO

  34. I only have a 3 qt crockpot, do I just cut the recipe in half then?

  35. I have a silly question. Do you cook the beef before combining it, or do you add it raw?

    • I did not pre-cook the meat first. If you are using a higher fat ground beef (like an 80/20) you might want to precook to drain off some of the fat. But if you don’t mind the extra fat…that isn’t even necessary, just a suggestion :) Hope you enjoy Barbara! XO

  36. Stephanie Minix says:

    I am crocking this today , with a little variation . No canned tomatoes or beef broth. Just the bottle of V8 juice and tomato paste . I browned the hamburger first with onion and garlic and Italian seasoning . Gonna add cottage cheese and mozzarella to it .

  37. I made this the other night to keep in the fridge for lunches during the week. I highly recommend using the lean ground beef as you suggested (but didnt see until after the fact) since the grease will stay in the pot (my *duh* moment lol). I also think I let the shells cook a bit too long since they are rather mushy, but over I LOVED the soup, and its a fast easy way to keep a hearty lunch on hand to grab in the morning. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  38. YUMMY!! I did add cheese when I put in the pasta (I LOVE CHEESE)….i have enough leftovers for a lazy night of soup and sandwiches!! Thanks!! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!!

    • You and me both girl! My love for cheese runs deep! hahaha. I am so happy to hear that you loved the soup :) Let me know when you tryout some other recipes Valerie! XO

  39. tatiana dodge says:

    LOVED this soup! Thank you! My kids were all over it and said it tastes just like Lasagna. We topped it with pizza blend cheese.

    • Yum Tatiana! I am going to have to try the pizza blend cheese next time :) It makes me so happy to hear that your family loved it. Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know :) XO

  40. Found you on Pinterest … this looks amazing!! My family loves lasagne and this is an interesting twist to the traditional 9X13 casserole dish!! Can’t wait to try it … oh, and I pinned it, too!! Thank you, Corey!

  41. I saw this on Pinterest and made it last night for our family. SO GOOD. I love lasagna but it is is a time consuming process to make, esp. with a 3 year old and 9 month old running around. I was drawn to this recipe because it was in the crock pot and all the ingredients (or substitutions) were in my cupboard. Here’s a few changes I made solely based on my pantry and extra ease: Rotini noodles (in pantry), didn’t have V8 so I used a can of diced tomatoes with garlic and green peppers as well as a half cup of leftover pasta sauce that was nearing its end in our fridge :), I used a packet of onion soup mix because I didn’t feel like chopping an onion and I do love the flavor it gives to soup, I used ground turkey, 3 beef boullion cubes (in pantry), and italian seasoning instead of just the two spices mentioned. SO GOOD. We served it with shredded moz. cheese. Next time, I may stir in a little ricotta at the end with the pasta to make it extra creamy/lasagna like!

    I have book-marked this site and hope to make a bunch more of your things. I love the photos and the healthy, simple, “ingredients on hand” philosophy! THANK YOU!

    • YAY Heather, I am so glad you liked it! These are great substitutions :) I do love the idea of stirring in ricotta at the end. Thank you so much for stopping by. XO :)

  42. dissapointed says:

    My wife made this the other day and it’s awful. Although she’s not much of a cook, this was the worst meal EVER. Why You wouldn’t brown the meat and season, I don’t know. Why not cook the pasta al dente then add at service, over cooked pasta ruins a dish. Fresh herbs migut help, maybe sugar to cut the acid in the tomatoes. Salt? Pepper? 1/4 tsp for a huge crock, take pride in what you do, or don’t do it.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by. I am so sorry you didn’t enjoy these meal as much as everyone else. As I said in the comments, you can brown the meat if you are using a higher fat beef, but otherwise, I don’t think it is needed. Yes, you can cook the pasta separate, so it would have the texture you like, but that defeats the purpose of a crockpot meal :) My goal with the crockpot meals is to save time in the kitchen. I think that is a fantastic idea to add some fresh herbs. It sounds like this recipe would suite you better as a stove-top meal. Season and cook meat until brown, and then add to sauce mixture and simmer for on a low heat for an hour. Cook pasta separate, and mix together when ready to serve. Hope that helps!

      • Hey, disappointed (spell it right), your comment “take pride in what you do, or don’t do it.” was unnecessary! If you don’t like the recipe, just state why. Clearly Corey takes GREAT pride in what she does…her posts include thorough photos and details. Pride is all I see on this blog. Corey, don’t listen to this hater. You rock! And your grace in your response is commendable! Bravo.

    • Hey, disappointed (spell it right), your comment “take pride in what you do, or don’t do it.” was unnecessary! If you don’t like the recipe, just state why. Clearly Corey takes GREAT pride in what she does…her posts include thorough photos and details. Pride is all I see on this blog. Corey, don’t listen to this hater. You rock!

    • Sorry you were disappointed! You said your wife is not much of a cook, so maybe she didn’t follow the recipe right. The soup is actually delicious! We ate it tonight, had company over, & they even asked for some more to take home! If you follow the recipe correctly, the soup is absolutely wonderful! Thank you, again, for sharing your recipe Corey! Not only do you have fabulous recipes, but you are a total classy lady! Bravo to you!

  43. found this on Pinterest a few weeks ago, I’m going to finally make it today

  44. Luceille Coo says:

    Found this on Pinterest the other day and it is cold and rainy, perfect to make it for this type of weather. Family LOVED it and I will be making this again and again and again. I used ground turkey instead of beef also I added maybe a teaspoon of crush red chili flake in there to give it a little kick of heat. So delicious and easy.

  45. Just put this in crockpot, but didn’t read carefully and threw in the pasta, crap!!!! I did elboy macoroni, so maybe it is smaller and wont taste so horrible!!!

    • Oh no! Is there anyway you can scoop it out? Or did you already mix it in? The noodles will get pretty mushy if you are cooking them the whole time. I hope it turns out ok :)

  46. A friend of mine told me about this recipe on pinterest, found got the ingredients to make it this morning prepared it in the slow cooker and had it for lunch before the Daytona 500 came on…wow it turn out perfect, the taste had so much flavor! I would certainly make this again for friends!

  47. crockpot lover says:

    I have made this once before and have it in the crock pot again tonight. I changed a few things this time though…I used 1/2 lb. of ground chicken and 1/2 lb. of ground pork, oregano and thyme along with the basil and parsley. I also added green and red bell peppers. I’m torn between using tortellini instead of the pasta shells; haven’t quite decided yet. I think either would taste fine. Loved it the last time, so I’m sure it will be great again tonight.

  48. crockpot lover says:

    I chickened out and used the shell pasta, but I am certainly going to do it next time. The seasonings were great and using chicken and pork didn’t change the flavor or anything…pork is a little more lean and much less expensive as well. I’ll probably make this one more time before the cold weather is gone.

    • Hahaha. Let me know when you do use the tortellini :) That is great to know about the chicken and pork.

  49. Sweetnsassy says:

    I am looking to try this meal out since alot of great comments have been posted but I have one question.. your recipe states to cook on low for 7 to 8 hours what would happen if it cooked 10 hours? would anything need to be adjusted as far as the thickness goes?

    • I think it should be fine for 10 hours. Maybe add in a little extra liquid, and make sure the crockpot is on it’s lowest setting :)

  50. Mmmm…we love Lasagna Soup. I’ve never made it in the slow cooker, so I’ll have to do that on days I’m busy with the kids :)

    • Yep, that is the perfect time for it :) The crockpot always comes to the rescue on those kinds of days :) Hope you love it Jen! XO

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