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What's for dinner? Let's make Lasagna Soup!

Cookbook author Gina Ferwerda shares an easy recipe to make while you're social distancing at home.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Lasagna Soup 

Serves 6 to 8

Substitute any pasta for this dish. 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 pounds ground beef or sausage
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste 
  • 1 tablespoon harissa (or some red pepper flakes and a splash of red wine or balsamic vinegar)
  • 4 cups tomato sauce, marinara, diced tomatoes (whatever you have)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon house seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and smoked paprika) 
  • 8 cups beef stock (or use beef soup base or bouillon cubes and water)
  • 1 pound lasagna noodles, broken 


  • Shredded mozzarella 
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Ricotta
  • Fresh basil leaves

In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add meat and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Drain excess grease, if necessary. Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Next, add tomato paste and harissa (or red pepper flakes and vinegar) and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add tomato sauce, seasonings and stock. Stir everything together and bring to a simmer. Add pasta and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until noodles are cooked al-dente. 

Top each serving with shredded mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, a dollop of ricotta and fresh basil leaves. Serve warm. 


Vegetarian Option - Use mushrooms or beans instead of meat and use vegetable broth instead of beef stock. 


Gina Ferwerda

Cookbook Author, Meals in the Mitten 



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