A spoon sits in a bowl of slow cooker lasagna soup.

You know what’s awesome? Lasagna. You know what’s not awesome? How fussy lasagna can be to make. Layers and division and dolloping and the whole regular or no-boil noodle controversy. It’s enough to make a gal never want to make lasagna again.

Okay, that’s a total drama queen over-exaggeration, but the truth is, lasagna can be a bit finicky to make. It’s definitely not a weeknight dish. But you know what is a weeknight dish? Anything that’s made in the slow cooker. Including this soup.

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup sits in a bowl. A spoon takes out a bite.

My love affair with my slow cooker continues. Seriously folks, if you work outside the home and don’t have/use a slow cooker, you are missing out. It’ll make your life infinitely easier. Your car will never be out of gas. You’ll never have to take the trash out again. Your kids won’t complain about anything ever. The slow cooker rights all wrongs.

Theme of this post: over-exaggeration.

A spoon sits in a bowl of lasagna soup.

The best part about this soup is that is tastes like lasagna, obviously. It has all the flavor (read: cheesy yum) without the layering and baking fuss. Devote 10 minutes to the slow cooker before work and you’ll come home to a hearty, lasagna-flavored soup that will make even the coldest and darkest November evening feel a little bit warmer and brighter.

Granted, today it is 70° outside here in sunny Southern Indiana today, but still, you should totally make it.

A bowl of Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup sits on a table.
Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Craving lasagna but don't want to make one? Use your slow cooker! This Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup has all the flavor of a lasagna with a fraction of the work. Adapted from A Farm Girl's Dabbles.


  • 1 pound Italian sausage links, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 10 ounces curly pasta (fusilli)
  • Ricotta and mozzarella cheeses for topping


  1. In a large slow cooker, combine all ingredients except pasta and cheeses. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6.
  2. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, add in pasta.
  3. When ready to serve, preheat broiler. Spoon soup into oven-proof bowls. Top each bowl with a dollop of ricotta and a sprinkling of mozzarella. Place under broiler for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is hot and melted.


Swap out the diced tomatoes for stewed tomatoes or diced tomatoes with basil if you can find them, it just adds that much more flavor!

I like to pre-cook my Italian sausages so they don't crumble in the slow cooker. I just cook them in a skillet until done, then let cool and slice. If you prefer the sausage to be throughout the soup instead of in bites, don't pre cook the links or just use a raw pound of loose sausage.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 1317mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 19g

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  1. I love the idea of turning lasagna into a soup. Even though I have great lasagna recipes and love the slow cooked layers, it’s not a quick or easy process. This soup sounds so much better than the no-bake noodle route – can’t wait to try it.

  2. my daughter is an incredible fussy eater, as in she really doesn’t eat anything but lasagna. This soups would be a fun way to change it up a bit, and I LOVE good slow cooker meal

  3. I love the lasagna with no boil noodles from Cook’s Illustrated, which I dress up with more spice. This soup looks amazing. I’m always looking for new recipes for the slow cooker.

  4. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I can no longer have cheese (due to whey allergy). This may be our replacement for lasagna

    1. Sure can. I’d just either leave the noodles out and add them back in when you reheat, or just cook them to just shy of al dente before freezing.

    1. I’m assuming you can’t use other alliums either (shallots, onions, etc.)? If so, I’d just add one of those. If not, I’d just leave it out. There is no real substitute for garlic.