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Lasagna Soup – $5 Dinner Challenge

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!

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

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.