Bobby’s Lighter Tastes Like Lasagna Soup

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By Bobby Deen

404 Less Calories
28g Less Fat


2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
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.)

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 1 hr
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: 8 cups

Per Serving (1 cup) 225 Cal (27% from Fat, 42% from Protein, 31% from Carb); 23 g Protein; 7 g Tot Fat; 2 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 17 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 108 mg Calcium; 3 mg Iron; 826 mg Sodium; 53 mg Cholesterol

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Reader Comments:


Looks pretty good

By jebria Lindsey on October 05, 2012


I made this on Christmas Eve, LOVED IT!! I love lasagna and this was a great change of pace. My family loved it too, I will definitely make this again!!!!

By Anita Doermann on December 30, 2011


I made this for dinner on Christmas Eve---WOW, I loved it and so did my family! Thanks for a great recipe, it will be one of my staples from now on!!

By Anita Doermann on December 30, 2011

Love your Mother’s recipes and now yours. Also Jamies. Thanks for the lighter verson.

By Sara on July 08, 2010

Hi Bobby

I am a huge fan of the Deen family.  I have all of the cook books, I have visited the restaurant in Savannah and have seen your show in Atlantic City with the whole family.  It was a thrill of a lifetime for me.  Thank you to all of you for bringing such joy to all of your fans.

Sincerely Sharon McGuckin

By Sharon McGuckin on May 25, 2010

I have been using your receipes now for the past two weeks with P90X and I already lost 6 pounds keep the receipes coming!

By Carol on March 17, 2010

This recipe does not tell when to add the basil and the cheeses! I’m assuming at the end though

By Rachel on February 18, 2010

I made this soup for the Superbowl and it was a big hit.  I used very lean ground turkey instead of the turkey sausage and omitted the salt.
I also found the petite tomatoes with garlic/basil/oregano added in.  My teenage son even liked it.  Thanks…keep them coming!

By Julia on February 09, 2010

Paula I love all of recipes. I have 5 kids and to come up with a new meal that dosen’t take all day to make is wonderful! This recipe is going in my personal book with all the others I have gotten from you.

By tonnette wilson on January 11, 2010

Hey Bobby,
Can’t wait to try this lasagna soup i,m always trying to prepare healthy meals for my family and and i like it even better that your including the nutritional value as well.

Melody Martinelli

By Melody Martinelli on January 11, 2010

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love the table paula would look good on my new patio. so glad you are back. I hope to get there to see you in person one day.i will start tomorrow to find the patern form the tablecloth.
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in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I just love love love the table and flowers and am so glad that I can still access all of Paula's recipes, her family life, Bobby's lighter versions and Brandon's beautiful work. Truly thankful to see such beautiful tablescapes. You guys are my heros.
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