Tastes Like Lasagna Soup

Total Time:
45 min
5 min
40 min

8 to 10 servings

  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 (32-ounce) box chicken broth
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups broken lasagna noodles
  • 1 (5-ounce) package grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Garlic Crostini, recipe follows
  • Garlic Crostini:
  • 1 thin French baguette
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves smashed garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Garlic Crostini:

In a large Dutch oven, combine ground chuck, onion, bell pepper and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until beef is browned and crumbles. Drain well.

Stir in thyme, brown sugar, broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Add noodles, and simmer until noodles are tender. Stir in Parmesan cheese.

Preheat broiler. Ladle soup into 8 to 10 ovenproof bowls. Evenly sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Broil soups, 6-inches from heat, 3 to 4 minutes, until cheese is browned and bubbly. Add a garlic crostini slice on top. Serve immediately.

For the garlic crostini:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut bread into 1/4-inch round slices. Place on baking sheet and brush each slice with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper; place in oven and bake until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Rub each side with smashed garlic cloves.

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    OUTSTANDING. and simple
    I make this like 3 times a month. I have to say it always turns out perfect and taste amazing. Homemade cooking is my job all around. I hope to be one of the Greats one day with my own restaurant. Thumbs up from the Mock5 house!
    This is a really wonderful recipe! I randomly stumbled across this on Google and I've made it several times since. I use ground turkey (and season with oregano and basil or "Italian-style" ground turkey if it's available. I also don't include the green bell pepper as my boyfriend doesn't care for them, but I bet they'd be delicious in this. 
    Tip: always use fresh onion. I tried to cheat and use the leftovers I had of frozen, chopped onions in the freezer. It definitely didn't taste as good as fresh, so don't try to cut corners like I did.
    Should be called Tastes BETTER Than Lasagna Soup! This is awesome, the only thing I did different was use sliced mozzerella on top instead of shredded - really browned it good under the broiler - DELICIOUS!
    Delicious!! I didn't have oven proof soup bowls so I did as another reviewer suggested and put the cheese in the bottom of the bowl, ladled the soup on top and it worked perfectly. It tasted so much like lasagna. I have a bunch of servings in the freezer (without the cheese of course and plan on using it for winter lunches. A keeper!
    I am not a big lasagna fan and this soup was no exception for me, so that being said don't pay attention to my review based on taste..Everyone liked it..but not loved it. I added 2 links of Italian sausage to the beef. I let it simmer for quite awhile and it reduced a lot but even with that, not sure how you'd get 8-10 servings from it...I'll probably make it again in a year or two but won't go in the recipe file.
    Just as I tend to do with recipes that I try for the first time, I followed the recipe closely, except that I added some Cabernet Sauvignon and used Garlic and Herb Italian Loaf instead of the Crostini. This is an extremely tasty recipe, especially on a cold, sleety night (January 12, 2013. We will definitely have this again. Thanks so much. A great way to end the day and snuggle on the couch!  
    Yummy. This is a new family favorite. I did use ground turkey though.
    I really enjoyed it, so did the family. However, there must be some way to cut down on the salt. It was a bit too salty for my taste. The Parmesan cheese must have been too much, or perhaps next time I try the recipe, I will use low sodium chicken broth and omit the salt. After letting it sit overnight (leftovers, the soup thickened up quite a bit. If it sits overnight, I would recommend adding more chicken broth to restore it back to a soup. However, you could reduce the chicken broth by 1/3 cup and then let it sit overnight. Then what you end up having is a really quick and easy lasagna casserole! :
    I loved this recipe. I doubled the recipe and used ground turkey and italian sausage instead of the ground chuck. I cut back on the thyme and added basil and oregano. Next time I will add olives and mushrooms. I also didn't have the oven proof bowls so I used foil mini loaf pans that worked out fine. I didn't use the baguettes and opted for broiled french bread with blue cheese butter and put it in the oven as the same as I broiled the cheese on the soup. This is a must have for the winter weather.
    Big hit! I used Hot Italian Sausage instead of the ground beef and Campanelle instead of breaking up lasagna noodles. If you like heat add it! This recipe has great tailgate potential. It would be easy enough to just top it individually with mozzarella cheese and garlic croutons pre-game. A definite keeper!
    AMAZING!!!! I cut the cheese down to make it a little healthier and used 50% less sodium broths....Still plenty of flavor!!!
    Holy Thyme! Between the thyme and the Italian seasoning, there was just WAY too much for my liking. I was able to remove most of it as it was floating on top. I then added some basil and oregano and it made a HUGE difference. I will make it again, but with NO thyme.  
    I loved it! Easy enough to make. The only draw back is that I didn't have oven safe bowls and my torch was out of fuel so I couldn't make the cheese on top all bubbly. Otherwise...it's right on for the taste of lasagna. BTW....you can make a low-fat version by buying ground turkey or super lean ground beef and low-fat cheeses. Also, you can buy Mrs. Dash Italian spice so you can have great flavor, just not a lot of sodium since the cheese already has it. Also, since I couldn't do the broiling of the bowls of soups, an idea is to take a cookie sheet, parchment paper or silicone liner and put mozzarella grated cheese on it...bake it, use it as a garnish! It's a great alternative to broiling and you would use less cheese. Super hearty, super tasty, and a favorite. THANK YOU PAULA DEAN!!!
    Made it for soup supper at Church, everyone loved it. Thanks Paula
    Very, very good!!!!!
    This is a wonderful soup. I used ground beef and mashed it through a colander to get the tiny pieces. I used campanelle pasta. Yum! Instead of making the crostini, I put grated Parmesan cheese into the soup. Superb! Thanks Paula.
    This is absolutely awesome and my family loves it!!! Have passed it on to several others
    Made this for our Neighborhood Sunday Supper Club Soup Night last night. It was an absolute hit! I doubled the recipe and we just added the mozz. cheese in our bowl after we dished it out. Yummy!!!!
    I made this recipe yesterday, I love this recipe it tastes great! I used Jenny O turkey meat instead of the beef to make it less fatting. It was good couldnt even tell the difference. And i also add cayenne pepper to mine because i like a little kick. Will make again.
    I made this soup using a veggie substitute instead of the ground and it turned out great. Both my husband and & I thought it was absolutely delicious and will definitely be making it again. 
    I think the best part of this dish was having it as soup one night and then more like a sloppy lasagna the next night because the noodles absorbed the juices. Very Yummy!  
    This recipe is delish. I was a little skeptical at first. I didn't have lasagna noodles so I used medium sized shells. My husband loved it! Thanks for another great recipe Paula!
    Delicious, easy. Another Paula grand slam!
    This is delicious! I would make and eat this instead of regular lasagna any day! I used no-boil lasagna noodles because that is what I had in the pantry; I don't know if that cut down on the cooking time at all, but they worked just fine. I had been a little worried about the lasagna noodles getting soggy/falling apart in the soup after the first night I made this, but they held up great. This soup is fabulous.
    There's only one problem with this recipe, Paula... It's so fabulous we couldn't stop eating it! Brava!
    Has anyone made this recipe in a slow cooker? How much time do you think it will take? Made this a year ago but not in a slow cooker.
    this was a really good soup! For anyone worried about the Sugar, just add it last! i left it out originally then, it was a little acidy for me so i added about 1/2 tbsp but this is a great recipe for chilly nights, and filling for our hungry men! :) thanks Paula!
    Love this recipe! I made this recipe because I didn't have the time to make traditional lasagna. Friends and family thought this was better.
    I made this soup before Christmas just added a little red pepper flakes for spice, though it doesn't need it. My hubby thought it was awesome. Definitely a keeper. Made it during Christmas when the family was all together. Everyone was writing the recipe down. Love it.
    i thought this soup was DISGUSTING!!! it was like candied lasagna juice. waaaaaay too sweet. i will make it again but i will completely drop the sugar. instead of tomato sauce i will add spaghetti sauce and i will add sliced mushrooms and spinach, maybe italian sausage...and i like the idea of adding a little ricotta upon serving... 
    my son and my sister thought it was amazing...but i think they are NUTS!!
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