Lasagna Soup – $5 Dinner Challenge

by tdomf_91172 on April 12, 2010

Candi shares one of their family favorites with us tonight!

I read about a recipe for Lasagna soup in the Family Fun magazine. When we were able to get Ragu pasta sauce on sale for $.37 a jar a few months ago, I really wanted to utilize it in recipes other than the classic spaghetti, lasagna or pizza dishes. So of course I tweaked that recipe to make it more pleasing for my family and this is what I came up with:

Lasagna Soup

1 onion finely diced $.80
1 teaspoon olive oil $.05
2 cloves garlic finely minced $.06
choice of meat (ground beef, Italian sausage, meatballs…) $2.00
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cups jarred spaghetti sauce $.37
4 cups chicken (or vegetable or beef) stock $1.00
2 bay leaves $.03
8 oz pasta (Rotini, Fusilli, Campanelle,Corkscrew) $.50
1 tablespoon fresh parsley
shredded Mozzarella cheese $.50

In a large Dutch oven, heat oil to medium heat and saute onion until golden. Add garlic and warm through about 1 minute before adding your choice of meat. Brown the meat, remove any extra fat. Add oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, spaghetti sauce, chicken stock and bay leaves. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Add pasta and increase heat to bring to a boil and cook for recommended time on pasta box for “al dente”. Discard bay leaves and adjust seasonings by adding salt & pepper. Stir in fresh parsley and serve with a sprinkling of shredded Mozzarella cheese.

This is really yummy and super easy. It’s a great way to use jarred spaghetti sauces other than classic preparations.

About Candi: I am the mommy to three children 13, 3, 1.  I love saving money through coupons and gardening.  I blog about recipe creations from sale items at the grocery store, family fun activities including homeschooling, and sometimes scrapbooking and card making.

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Candi April 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Thanks Erin, I’m honored, truly! :)


angie April 12, 2010 at 9:39 pm

looks delicious and I am sure this would please my family


Vicki April 12, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I saw this in that magazine too and tore it out. I haven’t made it yet though because I can’t decide if it sounds good or not. How’d you like it?


Queen of the House April 13, 2010 at 8:33 am

Great idea! :)


alexis April 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I made this for hubs and kids to take in their lunches (in thermos) this week. What a big hit. It tastes even better than it looks! We just finished dinner and the twins wanted a taste, then then a bowl full. Will definately make again!

P.S. We’ve been making a lot of yummy food from your cookbook. Each night the kids have started a thing where we add smiley faces to the pages in the book for the recipes we like. No kidding, there is not a frown face yet and we have been doing mostly your recipes in that book since the end of January. Each night they do a “thumbs up” and say add a smiley face Mommy, we want to have it again! I’ve enjoyed the savings. (We eat pretty stricly organic and dairy free so our recipes are more than $5 but with your coupon strategy its usually no more than $6-7 a meal and I’m spending no more than $75 a week for all organic meals!–We used to spend upwards of $200). Thanks Erin! Keep up the good work!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 13, 2010 at 7:14 pm


Great work Alexis! I think that $6-7 for straight organic and dairy free is fantastic!!! Keep it up!

And enjoy those smiley faces :)



Erin April 13, 2010 at 11:08 pm

I made it tonight for dinner and it was great! I also added a can of diced tomatoes. I think it is going to be great as leftovers too!!


Calissa Leigh April 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Rice and veggies are very cheap, and stir fry cooking is so healthy, and tastes great. It’s amazing what a little ginger, garlic and spring onion will do.

I love this Italian dish as well. Cooking for cheap tastes great.


Shannon April 16, 2010 at 10:35 am

Made this the other night with my own “tweeks” to the recipe. The boys loved it. Super fast and yummy on a busy, rainy, damp night.


Melanie April 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I made it yesterday for myself and my husband (and tweaked it a bit to add fresh mushrooms, green pepper, and tomato we had in the house) and let it cook down to an almost hamburger helper consistency. It was SO GOOD. I’ve printed it out and it’s one for the binder!


Ali December 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm

This was delicious! I added a bit of sour cream to my serving, along with some cheese. If I didn’t have a few picky eaters in my house I would have added mushrooms and peppers. Thanks for a great recipe.


Jessica (Cheapskate Life) January 17, 2011 at 9:29 am

This looks really easy to make. For some reason whenever a recipe calls for pasta sauce, I always want to add black olives! I really like that this will taste good with a variety of ground meats! I think I’ll be using regular ol’ ground beef! We have a surplus of that!


Tara January 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I’m over from

Looks so yummy! I am going to try it this week!


Paw Print Pet Tags February 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

My whole family will eat this, which is a rare find! Thanks for the recipe.


Becky February 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

how much meat did you use? one pound? How many servings does this recipe make? Looking forward to trying it!


Catherine February 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm

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I made this for my family last night. It was delicious! Thanks for sharing!


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