Crockpot Lasagna Soup
Lasagna is a delicious and hearty meal, but it can take forever to prepare and cook. This Crockpot Lasagna Soup offers all of the flavor and heartiness of a lasagna, but takes only a fraction of the time. Make it ahead of time, freeze it, and pop in in your crockpot when you’re ready to devour.
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp fennel seed
- 1 large onion pureed or diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 tbsp minced garlic (about 6 cloves)
- 4 cups beef broth
- 28 oz crushed tomatoes
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 8 pieces lasagna noodles, broken into bite sized pieces
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shreds
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef, basil, fennel seed, nutmeg and black pepper, stirring and breaking up the beef with a spoon for 4-5 minutes or until beef is no longer pink.
Add onion and garlic to skillet, and cook until onion is translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
MAKE IT NOW
Place cooked beef mixture into a large crockpot. Add in beef broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar into a large slow cooker. Cover and cook LOW 6-8 hours/HIGH 3-4 hours. 20 minutes before serving, add in broken up lasagna noodles. Cover and cook 20 minutes. Serve in bowls topped with a sprinkling of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, and a dollop of ricotta cheese.
Place cooked and completely cooled beef mixture, broth, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and balsamic vinegar into a gallon-sized freezer bag. DO NOT ADD PASTA UNTIL COOKING Day. Seal, removing as much air as possible. Freeze.
THAW AND COOK
Place bag in a large bowl in the fridge and allow to thaw 24 hours before cooking. Place contents of bag into a large slow cooker. Cover and cook LOW 6-8 hours/HIGH 3-4 hours. 20 minutes before serving, add in broken up lasagna noodles. Cover and cook 20 minutes. Serve in bowls topped with a sprinkling of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, and a dollop of ricotta cheese.
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 998mg | Potassium: 840mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 820IU | Vitamin C: 15.1mg | Calcium: 272mg | Iron: 3.9mg