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Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

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Slow Cooker8 Hours
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.
A spoon sits in a bowl of slow cooker lasagna soup.

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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.

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

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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42 Responses
  1. Krista

    Ok, I’m off to the market to pick up some of the ingredients I need. It’s tonight’s dinner and everyone in the house agrees that it looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it! I’ll let you know how it turns out! 🙂

  2. We do a $2 Lunch Bunch on Fridays @ work. All the support staff throws in $2. We use the $$ to buy the ingredients for that Friday’s lunch. The lunch is Crockpot “whatever” and this recipe is going into the rotation mix. I can’t wait to hear the oohs and aahs. We’ve done Taco Soup, Baked Potatoes and King Ranch Chicken, now for a little Italian. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Pat Serio

    Did anyone substitute for the tomato paste? Tomato sauce, perhaps? How about the fire-roasted tomatoes – they sound very expensive. Could I sub 2 jars of home-grown maters (although there is a lot of liquid in them)? Thanks.

    1. Cassie

      You could sub in the home-grown tomatoes, but the fire-roasted tomatoes are just that—fire-roasted so they have some extra flavors and spices that a regular can of tomatoes wouldn’t have.

  4. Liz

    This was amazing! The only change I made was to cut it down to one large onion, even then it seemed like a lot. I don’t know if I’ll ever make regular lasagna again!

  5. Ann

    Yum! I used regular lasagna noodles – just broke them up into smaller pieces. I also added some red bell peppers and threw in some portobella mushrooms towards the end. My 10-month old baby is devouring this!

  6. Jocelyne

    So I made this today and just had to say that this is even more delicious because it was so darn easy! I am waiting 20 minutes before I go back for bowl #2 in case I am actually full enough, but I can’t wait to have it for lunch tomorrow.
    You made a pregnant lady very happy.

  7. I made this recipe last night and it was FANTASTIC! Cooking the sausage in a slow cooker made it so tender and soft. I also made homemade garlic wheat croutons to add to the cheesy top (a little like French onion soup.) I’ll definitely be making this again 🙂

  8. shelby

    This looks so good (as do all your recipes). I believe I’m going to put it on next weeks menu!

    Love your blog! Keep up the good work!

  9. Love this recipe. I got a slow cooker as a wedding gift and have never used it. I’m going to make this on Friday night! My husband loves lasagna but it’s such a pain in the you know what to make. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Stephanie

        Jenn, you should try Betty Crocker’s slow cooker lasagna! It is to die for, and only takes ten or so minutes to prepare – literally! I hardly ever made lasagna before because it was such a pain to layer, etc, but now I make it all the time in the crock pot. LOVE it!!

  10. Heather

    Thank you for posting this right as I’m leaving to go to the store. This will be Friday’s dinner. Yum!

    Um, used to prefer no-boil (so much faster!), but wasn’t good about getting the noodles cooked just right. Between inconsistent results and the boyfriend preferring the “way my mom does it”, switched to regular (I’ll be back in 3 hours) pasta which means we don’t have lasagna very often.

    1. Cassie

      Hahah, “the way mom does it” always sucks. 😛 I just let Babyface cook the foods that he wants like his mom. Which is why he is the pancake master in our house.

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