Bobby’s Lighter Tastes Like Lasagna Soup

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Bobby’s Lighter Tastes Like Lasagna Soup Bobby’s Lighter Tastes Like Lasagna Soup Recipe Courtesy of

404 less calories
28 g less fat

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

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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.)

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Nutritional Information: 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:


This is soup is good, but it didn't have near as much flavor as I thought it would. I was expecting a bowl of lasagna and I got a very tomato flavored soup, I felt it was missing something. The second time I made it I made two changes, instead of plain tomato sauce I used Hunt's Spicy spaghetti sauce, and instead of plain diced tomatoes I used the fire roasted garlic tomatoes. Wow what a difference! I felt like I was eating a bowl of lasagna that someone spent all day making! I make it this way at least once a month. It is the soup I take to people when they have had a baby, or are sick, and everyone raves about it!

By Melissa on January 08, 2014


We really loved this soup, and how quick it was to make for a week-night dinner! However, I used reduced-sodium chicken broth and still found it to be too salty. Next time I will add just a little salt at a time, to taste.

By Jess on January 07, 2014


Paula, I have missed yo so much, I won't even watch Food Network any longer. so glad I found your web site.

By dlatte on January 02, 2014


We love this soup, it like eating a bowl of lasagna. Easy to make

By Kevin Falahee on October 26, 2013


This was truly incredible. My whole family loved it. I used regular lasagna noodles because that's what I already had in my pantry and also used the leanest ground beef I could find instead of turkey sausage because I have a 1 year old and don't usually give her sausage due to the sodium and additives. It was so delicious, and even the leftovers were great!

By Elise on May 24, 2013


My family LOVED it. Added a little extra of the whole wheat noodles and served it with garlic bread!! A big hit, even with the little ones!!

By Shelly J on January 09, 2013


I made the bacon cheeseburger meatlof it was a hit my kids loved it .

By debbie flagg on November 05, 2012


Sounds like it will be wonderful. Thanks for including the sodium count. Gotta figure out how to get that way down before we eat this! No salt for heart folks. I'll work on it....

By Maureen on May 29, 2012


So happy to have lighter recipes.I loved the Lasagna Soup and it was so easy to make.

By Harriet Dias on May 22, 2012


Bobby, it's marvelous what you are doing and I want a copy of your first book, when it comes out. You brought tears to my eyes when you had your mom in your show, letting her taste your dessert and your cheese in a toasted whole wheat sandwich. You got to remember that she was brought up in another time, just like me and it's hard to change, not me I have been inventing recipes because I got allergies, so I have to conformed it to my present diet, now it a Diabetic Diet. So no sugar or carbs for me, here I go altering again, splenda here I come. I am more a fruit and vegetable child than carbs and proteins. I baked an Amish Bread, instead of sugar, I put splenda, instead of milk, I used lactose-fat-free milk, so the only thing I used was all-purpose flour and yeast. No one could tell the difference. I have used chocolate and raisins, not in the same recipe, but the friends I got couldn't tell, they are still my friends. thanks buddy. May your moma live many years, she will come around to your way of cooking. I love her. So many things can go wrong as one ages. I been on a diet since I was 19 and here I go having diabetes, after years of dieting and no sweets. Thats the breaks. Keep fixing those light recipes. Feliz Rios

By Feliz Rios on March 29, 2012


We tried this the other night and everyone loved it! I was expecting it to taste a little more like Lasagna, and Paula's version might but as a health conscious mom, this was fantastic!! I was really surprised by the turkey sausage we got, the kids had no clue it wasn't the "real thing" until they were half way through their second bowls!! SUCCESS!

By Danielle Laughry on February 20, 2012


Made this for dinner this evening and it is a bit on the salty side and I generally like my food a bit salty. The saltiness is Possibly due to the boxed chicken stock or the salt already in the turkey sausage. It may be best to taste then add salt as desired rather than follow directions. I was also somewhat disappointed with how watery/runny the broth was, I was hoping for something that would thicken up a bit. I will definitely be trying the "fatter" Paula version sometime in the future.

By Mandi on January 10, 2012


This recipe was good, but very salty. I'd leave out the additional salt the recipe calls for when I make it next time.

By Stacey on January 07, 2012


This soup is sooooo goood. I've made it at least 10 times since January. It's like 100 degrees in Texas but I'm still making it today!!!

By Aubrei on June 07, 2011


This soup is SOOO good, I want to make it like twice a week, but I don't want my husband to get tired of it, so I try to control myself. I don't use turkey sausage though, I use ground turkey seasoned with Italian seasoning and sage, and I add fresh spinach before simmering. Very good.

By Amanda on January 19, 2011


This recipe was delicious and although "light" very filling. I added mushrooms to the meat and onions. When I prepare again, which will be very soon, I am going to add zucchini and or spinach since my family is huge on veggies:) Thank you for another great recipe that my whole house enjoyed.

By dj on January 12, 2011


I love Paula Deen's food. People pick on me,calling me little Paula because I do her recipes. I really enjoy watching the show and I pray that some day I can go to her resturant in Georgia. I would love to see her in person as well. That would be a treat. She is wonderful on television and I would love to hang out with her in person. Paula is my girl, she just don't know it yet. Paula, if you get this message, I choose your cooking over all that is on t.v. Stay bless and may heaven smile upon you.

By Marilyn Pasco on January 03, 2011


This is such a great recipe that within a few days multiple people have asked me for it! The directions kind of cut off so I added the basil with the noodles and the parmesan cheese right after that. I added the mozzarella right when I served it. I have also made it with pork sausage too. This is a must try!

By Tess on January 02, 2011


Made the New Years Eve and it was awesome. Leftovers today were equally as good or perhaps better.

By Peggy on January 01, 2011


Thought you would enjoy.

By Paul Cimino on January 01, 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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