Mama Mia!



Thanks and smooch to my friend Laurel for inspiring this one.

This actually tastes like lasagna…with the tomato sauce, basil, sausage and smooth, cool ricotta….WOW!

All your favorite flavors without so much of the starchy pasta.  There are still a few pieces floating in the rich meat broth, but you’ll never miss the rest.

Try it vegetarian, too…fantastico!!




1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound bulk hot Italian turkey sausage (or 1 pound sausages, casings removed) OR 1 pkg. Morningstar Crumbles
2 cups diced onions
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups diced zucchini
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes seasoned with oregano
One 15-ounce can tomato sauce
Two 14-ounce cans low sodium chicken broth
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 cup mini Farfalle pasta – optional
2 cups ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons fresh, chopped basil

In a saucepan or stockpot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausage, onion, and garlic. Cook, breaking up with spoon, until sausage is browned and onions are softened. Add zucchini, dried basil, oregano, pepper flakes, salt, black pepper, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Add spinach and pasta, if using, and continue to cook until pasta is done, about 7 minutes.

Meanwhile in a small bowl stir the fresh, chopped basil into the ricotta cheese. When soup is finished, ladle into shallow bowls. Carefully add 1/4 cup of the ricotta-basil mixture to the bowl. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired. Makes 8 servings.

Per WLS Serving: 260Cal; 20 g Protein; 10 g Tot Fat; 17g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 3 g Sugar; 609 mg Sodium

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Kalyn says:

    This sounds delicious, will definitely try it when it gets a bit colder!

  2. laq1013 says:

    Brilliant idea. I like your blog! I think we have similar philosophies on food and eating, too!

  3. SnowKat says:

    I was thinking this might be a great crock pot soup… Love the idea of lasagne flavors in a soup !

  4. biz319 says:

    Yum! I have homemade marinara so I might sub that for the canned tomato sauce – thanks for the idea!

    Turns out I LOVE soup – all year round! 😀

  5. Oh I LOVE this idea! Lasagna as a soup- why didn’t I think of that?? Bookmarking!

  6. Debkb says:

    This sounds yummy! Have to try when it gets cooler.

  7. Cheryl says:

    OH My god what a great idea!

  8. Ada Lai says:

    what a fabulous idea! i can’t wait to make this up. as an FYI… found your site via

    Your are marvelous!!!!!!!!

  9. Tarah says:

    So delicious! I made this yesterday, but vegetarian style. I used MorningStar Italian Sausage, No-Chicken Broth, and fresh spinach (I had some already). These substitutions worked great! I saved enough for dinner and then froze individual portions for my lunches this week. Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Linda says:

      I’m so glad you loved it!
      I prefer it the vege way, actually. Living with a carnivore is hard on me!!!

  10. Sherry says:

    I just finished a bowl of this soup…I followed your recipe to a “T” , except I used fresh spinach…all I can say is OMG I love this and I am spreading the word!!!
    Thank You =)

    1. Linda says:

      THANK YOU!! for the great review. Makes my day, dolly!

  11. Cindy Colby says:

    Hi, I made this soup over the weekend and I had it for dinner it was fabulous and very filling I might add. I have tried quite a few of your soups and have been very pleased with all. You are a remarkable cook and I am so glad that I found you and your recipes…I love to cook and I am happy that their are recipes that taste aweseom even post op.


  12. Beth Tipton says:

    oh yum! I will be making this in the near future!!!!! I need to figure out how to “favorite” this blog…

  13. Hi Linda,
    sounds great, only I’m with you on doing a ‘veg’ version, meat-free. The sauce is always the best part of pasta or lasagna, and so even though i’ve never had lasagna soup, it makes sense!
    Any luck on influencing the lesser half to move towards a veggie diet since you first posted? See if you can get him to read ‘Eating Animals’- worth a shot!

  14. Denise says:

    This lasagna soup is simmering on top my stove right now.
    Smells so yummy!
    Thanks Linda for all the great recipes! 😉

  15. Denise says:

    This lasagna soup is fabulous and very tasty.
    Thanks Linda for all the healthy and tasty recipes. 😉

  16. Debbie says:

    I love this and all your recipes, Linda. I’ve recently been making your soups in my electric pressure cooker and the results are even better. I know that is not your thing, but if you can try it, you may be amazed at the results. I’m eating thos soup right now freshly made in the PC and it tasted like it simmered for hours but only took 20 min!

  17. I found your blog on Pinterest and while perusing your recipes on came upon this one. I am actually eating this right now. It is so yummy!!! I need to tell all of my blog followers about this one.

  18. theresaswift says:

    Made this tonight and the men devoured it !!

    1. Linda says:

      Oh, good!! Glad they loved it!!

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