Lasagna Soup – $5 Dinner Challenge

Candi shares one of their family favorites with us tonight!

lasagna soup

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!

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

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Lasagna Soup

Yield – 4 – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 30 minutes


  • 1 onion finely diced $.80
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil $.05
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced $.06
  • 1 lb choice of meat (ground beef, Italian sausage, meatballs…) $2
  • 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
  • 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.

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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  1. says

    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?

  2. alexis says

    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!

  3. Erin says

    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!!

  4. says

    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.

  5. Shannon says

    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.

  6. Melanie says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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!


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