Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tasty Tuesday - Lightened Up Lasagna Soup

Oh.My.Goodness. This may be one of the best recipes I've ever made. I suggest you make it immediately. And like regular lasagna, it's 10x better the next day. The original recipe was from Paula Deen, but then her sons made a lightened up version of it. 404 less calories and 28 less grams of fat!

Recipe and photo found here on The Deens Bros website.

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound Italian turkey sausage, casings removed (I just used ground beef)
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 ounces broken whole-wheat lasagna noodles (about 4 noodles)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
8 Whole-wheat breadsticks or grissini (optional)

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick saucepot or Dutch oven. Add the sausage, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is crumbled and browned, 8 – 10 minutes.

Add the broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salt, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are blended, about 20 minutes. Add the noodles; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the soup thickens slightly and the noodles are tender, 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in mozzarella, basil, and the Parmesan. Serve with the breadsticks, if using. (whole-wheat lasagna noodles take a little longer to cook.)


  1. Saving this to try soon! Looks delish!

  2. This looks yummy. I love that it is even better the next day. Who doesn't love a delicious leftover.

  3. Yum!! I will definitely be making this soon! And I can't wait to hear about your SAV adventures... you will definitely have to let me know what's fun!

  4. I'm loving all these new lightened up Paula recipes from the Deen Boys! I've caught Bobby's new show twice now and it's really good. Thanks so much for sharing - I've got it bookmarked!

  5. Putting these ingredients on my shopping list now. Yum!

  6. wow lasagna soup this looks amazing megan. definitely need to try this recipe sometime

  7. I can make this recipe!! Yay :-D Sounds DELISH.

  8. This looks to DIE for! And I love the "lighter" version, since I like to keep a lookout for any signs of an expanding waistline ;) Thanks for sharing!

  9. This looks SO good!

    And, I love your blog name! I'm with you girl... anyone who knows me is aware of my love for pickles.
    Keep in touch :) Xo -Bo

  10. Ive made this twice now recently and we can not get enough of it! So good!