Cooking Time:7-8 hours on Low or 4-5 hours on High
Ingredients1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
10 3/4 oz. tomato soup, canned, condensed
14.5 oz. tomatoes, canned, petite diced
15 oz. tomato sauce, canned
2 chicken bouillon cubes
2 beef bouillon cubes
4 c. water
1 1/2 tsp. oregano
1 1/2 tsp. basil
1 tsp. parsley
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
8 oz. Ricotta Cheese
8 lasagna noodles, broken into small pieces - UNCOOKED
12 oz. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Slow Cooker Ground Beef Lasagna Soup is great for a weeknight meal. We love this one at my house – even the kiddos!
- Combine onions, tomato soup, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce and place in a 6-Quart slow cooker.
- Add all of the spices and bouillon cubes to the slow cooker.
- Add water and spread your broken UNCOOKED lasagna noodle pieces all around. (do not use no-bake noodles, make sure they are regular lasagna noodles like the ones shown here.)
- Crumble RAW ground beef over top.
- Cover. Cook on Low for 7-8 hours or on High for 4-5 hours.
- Approximately half hour or so before done, stir in the Ricotta cheese.
- Serve with shredded Mozzarella Cheese on top!
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Does the noodles get mushy being in the crock pot for so many hrs. ?
De everyone likes their noodles differently, and every crock pot also crocks differently, so if you fear yours will be mushy you can always add them after the soup crocks for a while. Hope this helps, Happy Crocking!
Yes! That was my one complaint! Next time i will add them 60-90 mins later.
But the ground beef was perfectly cooked in only 4 hours on HIGH.
Thanks Jen for the post! Each slow cooker is different, so once you know how your slow cooker will cook a recipe, you can adapt to make it perfect! Appreciate you response! 🙂
Is the tomato soup cream of tomato? If not would you be more specific. Thank you so much.
Thank you for the question, but is is just tomato soup! Happy Crocking!
Wow! Only 4 hours to cook the beef? It takes me 7mins in the skillet.
I’ve made this twice, and love it! I put Ricotta cheese in each bowl, rather than the big crock pot. Next time, I want to try raw spinach on top about an hour prior to serving. Thanks, I love your Crocker recepies!!!!
Hi! This looks yummy 🙂 Note: It would be helpful if the recipes included how many people they serve…thanks
Jerri check in the upper right hand corner of the page, and the serving size is posted there. Happpy Crocking!
How does the ground beef turn out not pre-cooking first? Just wondering…..never tried it that way. Always “heard” it was best to brown ground beef before adding to a crock pot, but this way is quicker & easier!
It cooks in the juices, but if you would rather cook the ground beef first that would still work. I too like to brown, as I feel it gives added flavor. Thanks for the question and Happy Crocking!
Whenever I am making a crockpot recipe that calls for ground beef, I always put the beef in raw and it turns out fine. Just make sure your are using the 93% lean ground beef or higher, otherwise it will add a lot of fat to your recipe and make it greasy. Also, be sure to crumble the beef into the desired size because large chunks do not fall apart during crocking.
I was wondering if it would be ok to use pasta sauce instead of the cans of tomato products? I happen to have pasta sauce on hand and was wanting to use it up.
Amy the fun of cooking is changing things up, I am sure it will work fine for you. Happy Crocking! Post back and let us know how it worked…. Happy Crocking!
The bullion cubes I have are extra large. Would I still use two, or only one?
Hi Julie, Since I am not sure what size the bullion cubes are that you have, I would use what you feel will be the equivalent of what the recipe is asking for. Happy Crocking!
Can you substitute cottage cheese for the ricotta?
Kris, I know of several recipes that substitute cottage cheese for the ricotta, but sometimes I know it can also make it watery, but it will definitely work! Happy Crocking!
I have used cottage cheese for lasagna but I put it through the food processor until it has the consistency of ricotta.
the cottage cheese will add extra salt to the recipe where ricotta cheese doesn’t have that much salt in it. I am going to try this – sounds really good –
Hi! If I wanted to freeze this in batches, would I just wait to add the ricotta? Thanks!
Cydney yes I would add the cheese when you plan to eat the soup. Great question, thank you so much for asking. Happy Crocking!
Wish you would put the calories, fat, & fiber values of the recipes. Weight Watchers member.
Marge I would check with WW, as I believe they have a formula for you that will calculate the points for any recipe. I know they did when my mother in law was on Weight Watchers. I’ve posted a few recipes she has shared with me. Here is one of them: http://www.getcrocked.com/2013/07/07/slow-cooker-fajitas-pulled-pork/
I am a WW member and if you use E-Tools with WW you can run the recipe through recipe builder, otherwise just use the calculator. If you do not have one, there are plenty of free points plus calculators online. 🙂
Thanks for sharing Amy! Appreciate your help! I’ll share with others when they ask! 🙂
Can you leave out the ricotta cheese completely? None of us like it! Thanks!
Lori please make this recipe your own. You can leave it out, or you can substitute it with 1 cup dry cottage cheese or 1 cup silken tofu! Hope this helps and Happy Crocking!
I really wish you had an option to print your recipes. I am a printer. I print everything. 🙁
Jessica on all my pages on my website at getcrocked.com there is an area that says Share and Enjoy, and the first icon is a print button. So happy I could help you with your wish! Happy Holidays and Happy Crocking!
Seems like allot if tomato. Do you think kids would like? Thanks
Yes Diane there are… I’ve heard from many of my Facebook friends that it is a hit at their house. If your kids don’t like Lasagna, then they may not like this soup?? Thanks for the questions! 🙂
Do you drain the can of tomatoes first?
Thanks! Can’t wait to try!!!
No Christine, I don’t drain the tomatoes, I have also used fresh tomatoes (juice from tomatoes as well)… still delicious!
Is there a way to cut the sodium?
Dawn if you used fresh tomatoes and tomato soup that you make from scratch, and substitute 2 cups low sodium beef broth and 2 cups low sodium chicken broth instead of the 2 chicken bouillon cubes, 2 beef bouillon cubes in 4 c. water. This would reduce the sodium some. Hope this helps!
You could use extra dry cottage cheese instead of ricotta. The dry cottage cheese does not have as much liquid as regular and before using it strain out the liquid. Hope this helps
where/what store did you find “dry cottage cheese” Granny used it for Pierogies and I need it for her filling recipe…thanx in advance..Mike
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This looks sooooooo good. As I am a widow, I will make this to freeze in portions. Thanks for the tip on waiting to add the ricotta or cottage cheese. Thanks Amy for your tip as well on figuring out values. Can’t wait to try this.
It was a team a effort for the family. I prepared everything the night before. The following morning my husband put the lasagna n beef n in the afternoon around 3 when our daughter got home from school she added the ricotta cheese n we all top it off with the mozzarella cheese n it was delicious. Will cook this again n again.
Great Family experience Pat! Thank you for posting… 🙂 Happy Crocking!
Mime did not come out soupy cuz I added little bit of barley it was perfect. 5 stars for the recipe.
Can ground turkey be substituted for the beef as long as I brown it first?
Yes Eileen, excellent choice! Enjoy! 🙂
I’ve loved a lot of your recipes, but this one didn’t turn out well for us. Everything was a gloppy, mixed mess. I followed the directions exactly. I used the low setting and the noodles were falling apart and almost indistinguishable from the rest. Everything sort of combined to make a thick gravy like substance. My sons likened it to lasagna put through a blender. I’m sure a soup like this would be good, but perhaps a crockpot recipe would have the noodles added much later in the day?
I’d like to know if you put the noodles in later so they don’t get mushy, how long do they have to cook for before they’re done? I’ve never cooked pasta in the crock before. Thank you.
Linda several have posted that their soup turned out great others say the noodles were mushy. I really believe it all has to do with the slow cooker and how it cooks. You can actually follow the recipe, or you can pre-cook the noodles to almost done, and add the broken noodles with the Ricotta cheese step. Make this recipe your own, and how you feel it will work best. Enjoy and Happy Crocking!
Wanting to get Ground Beef Lasagna Soup
Would oven ready Lasagna noodles work? At what point would you add them? TIA
That is what I used, it worked fine. I also added more than called for, it was like beefaroni.
Am I reading it right 10 cans of tomato soup
Crystal the ingredients say a 10 3/4 oz. can of tomato soup, (just one can) not 10 cans of soup. Happy Crocking!
Im making this today, can’t wait to get home from work! Thanks for posting!
Im making this today, can’t wait to get home from work! Thanks for posting recipe!
Oops, i added a word and posted twice.
Noodles mushy but added from the start… Lesson learned! But taste was awesome!! Used mafalda noodles. Same type yet smaller. Maybe too many s well… Lol. Next time. Delicious experiment!
Very yummy & easy to make! Went great with our holiday spread for an early Christmas celebration!
Tried this today. Very sad. The noodles were so mushy they resembled missed potatoes. And after cooking 8 hours the ground beef still wasn’t cooked. Had to throw out the whole pot! Hope others have better luck!
how do I get a printer friendly receipt?
Hello Helen, mid way down the page you will see an area that says Share and Enjoy, and the first icon you will see is a print icon. Happy to Share! Enjoy!
Did you use fresh or dried herbs? Just wondering which you are referring to in your recipe. It looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it this weekend!
Lee Ann I used dried, but the fresh would even be better. I use fresh when ever I can! Happy Crocking!
Has anyone ever tried this with ground turkey?
I used ground turkey. I’ve never made this before, and I probably never will again. I think it would have been better if I browned the ground turkey and put it in. The whole thing had the consistency of baby food. I’m super disappointed 🙁
I’m so sorry you didn’t care for this, Kelly. I haven’t made it with ground turkey before so it’s good to hear the feedback on that option. As far as the noodles, make sure you used regular lasagna noodles, and not the “no-bake” kind. The last time I made this I had to go to two different grocery stores because the first one only had “no-bake” noodles, which will get way too mushy. Anyway, I hope you have better luck with my other recipes. Happy Crocking! xo – Jenn
I loved it. I actually put the noodles in for only 2 hours on low and I left out the ricotta all together (because I was a ding dong and forgot to buy it!!) I was wonderful!!! Definitely a hit.
How many servings does this recipe make? I need to make about 4 quarts of soup and am wondering if I should double the recipe.
All of the serving sizes for the recipes are in the upper right hand corner of each page, but happy to share that this recipe serves 6! 🙂
This is an absolutely delicious recipe.
Thank you so much.
I made the recipe exactly as in the recipe and it came out perfect..no mushy noodles or anything…I did cook it on low and am wondering if cooking on high might change that but I plan on making two batches for a school function tomorrow…the teachers will love it!
Hi, do we have to use the bouillion?
Hi Janer, Please make this recipe your own, and if your prefer not to use the bouillon cubes you can eliminate them, but actually not for sure how that would change your soup. Enjoy and Happy Crocking!
I used a roaster and doubled the recipe and left it for half the day. It didn’t turn into a soup, but instead, it turned into the best easiest to make and moist lasagna we have ever tasted. I don’t think I want to make a soup out of it now.
First crack at this and it turned out great- only had beef oxo, used 3 tsps, added extra lasagna noodles from the start, and used pasta sauce. Everything cooked up fine after 7 hrs on LOW including ground beef- noodles were nice and soft, but not mushy. If you’re worried about noodles just cook them separately and add them with ricotta cheese.But found this recipe very easy to follow and versatile with what I have on hand.Thanks!
Hi there- is there any way to decrease the sodium on this? For example, do I have to use tomato soup, beef bouillon and chicken boullion? All those are high in sodium. I was thinking of just removing the tomato soup altogether and doing 4 cups of low sodium beef broth instead.
Hi Maureen, please make this recipe your own, but please be sure to post back and let us ALL know how it turned out! Thanks for the comment and Happy Crocking!
Just wondering…. I was telling someone about this recipe and they asked me this question… “Wouldn’t it be pretty greasy if you don’t brown the ground beef first?” Got me thinking about it.. How does that work?
It does not make the recipe greasy, the only suggestion I have is to know your slow cooker, as there have been others that say then put their noodles in towards the end, as they get mushy, other say the recipe was great per the instructions. So the key to this recipe is knowing your slow cooker and how it crocks. Thank your for the question, and Happy Crocking! 🙂
I am a dummy and just threw everything in the crock pot! Even the ricotta cheese. Do I need to throw it out? Sorry didn’t read till later that you added that the last hour… Ugh
Hi Andrea, First of all it happens, we get in a hurry sometimes! You may want to test it first. 🙁
Made this tonight & we loved it! This will become
a regular dish in our rotation. We added a can of
Rotel (drained of juices) because we prefer spicy.
Also sprinkled in red pepper flakes with the other
spices. I added the noodles 2-2 1/2 before we were
to eat and I put in 10-11 broken noodles. We love
pasta so the more the merrier. Really loved
the flavor & consistency. Thank you for the recipe!
So Happy you and your family enjoyed the recipe, and like that you made this recipe your own! Happy Crocking Mary! 🙂
THIS RECIPE IS SO EASY AND FLAVORFUL. IT TASTES LIKE LASAGNA BUT IS SO MUCH EASIER TO MAKE. THE NOODLES COME OUT PERFECT! THIS IS PERFECT FOR A COLD NIGHT OR A POT LUCK. MY HUSBAND REALLY LIKED IT. WOULD DEFINITELY MAKE IT AGAIN.
I found your cookbook at Costco this past week. I LOVE my crockpot and your recipes Jen.