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Over 100 Million People Are Obsessed With TikTok's Lasagna Soup, So I Slapped My Apron On, Grabbed My Best Pot, And Got To Cooking — Here Are The CliffsNotes

TikTok's latest slurpable sensation is a twist on traditional lasagna. It's a one-pot recipe that is as comforting as it is delicious. Oh, and the best part is it's easy to make!

Hi, I'm Krista, and when I'm not making super-easy, minimal effort dinners, I'm usually trying some sort of TikTok trend.

I make the recipes on my Instagram too if you wanna follow along there!

So today, I am trying the viral lasagna soup that everyone can't get enough of. In fact, a quick TikTok search will populate 12 videos with over 55 million views. THAT IS WILD. PEOPLE ARE IN LOVE.

So, of course, I decided it was my duty to make it for you.

First, I tried to figure out the origin of this wildly popular recipe. Who was the mastermind behind this dish that has people so intrigued? After a deep dive, I unfortunately couldn't find who should be credited as the lasagna soup ~inventor~, but this article from 1994 popped up on Google, so I know it's been around for at least a couple of decades — and I know so because I had it growing up.

A link to a Chicago Tribune story on Lasagna Soup

Now, just like any other viral recipe, there are tons of different variations, but they all consist of these main ingredients: lasagna noodles, ground beef, onion, chicken broth, some kind of tomato pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and ricotta or cottage cheese.

Cottage cheese sitting on the counter with the caption "I was so excited to make this I forgot to take a before photo of all the ingredients, so here is the cottage I used because I prefer it over ricotta"

The recipe I am going to be making today is the one my mom made me when I was younger, because I know it's good, LOL. But I totally forgot the recipe, so I had to text her:

Krista texting her mom

And the amount I spent is less than what you would pay if you need ALL of the ingredients because I already had some of them at home. I wouldn't think you would spend more than $45 on this recipe if you needed every single ingredient.

Krista's receipt showing she spent $31.92

OK, let's begin! Here's a complete video of the recipe, and I will break it down step by step below.

First, in a large pot over medium heat, you are going to brown 1/2 a pound of ground beef and 1/2 a pound of Italian sausage.

A closeup of the ground beef cooking

After you drain the grease, you are going to put it in a bowl and set it aside.

The ground beef being transported into a bowl

Now, in the same pot the meat was in (no need to clean it), you are going to melt about 1 tablespoon of butter and sauté some chopped onion (I use about half an onion but you can add more if you want). Then you'll add 3–4 cloves of minced garlic.

Garlic being minced

After the onions are caramelized, you'll add one 32-ounce carton of chicken broth and one 24-ounce jar of your favorite marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce. Now for the spices, I don't measure. Use your heart to add in: oregano, garlic powder, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Stir and let that cook on low for about five minutes.

Next, you'll add your meat back in, along with about 8–10 pieces of broken lasagna noodles.

And this is optional, but I like to add about three cups of spinach next.

Spinach being dumped in

Then cover and cook on low for about 30 minutes.

While everything is cooking, you can work on the cheese portion of this recipe. Just mix together a 16-ounce carton of cottage cheese (or ricotta), shredded mozzarella, and shredded Parmesan. (I don't measure the shredded cheese, I just like a lot!)

After 30 minutes, this is what your soup will look like when it is done:

A closeup of a very chunky soup

You can plate it and then add the cheese. See below for what it looks like after these steps.


A list of the ingredients
The full recipe

FINAL THOUGHTS: I would definitely recommend making this IF you like lasagna. It has all the flavors of classic lasagna and it feels less heavy if that makes sense (like, I can slurp and enjoy it and I don't feel as stuffed as I do after I eat lasagna). While this recipe does have a longer list of ingredients, it's actually really easy to make. On a scale rating of 10 (with 10 being the easiest recipe), I give it an 8.5.

Krista holding out a ladle of the soup

OK, you know the drill: Go off in the comments about how your Italian grandma is rolling in her grave 🙃. JK JK, but I know you all will have some thoughts!!! Drop 'em below!