This easy recipe for soup bowl lasagna takes out so much of the work of regular lasagna and turns it into a quick and delicious soup bowl supper. Break out the soup bowls, it’s time for the easiest and most scrumptious lasagna, and on a weeknight!
I have to say, I have a love-hate relationship with lasagna. I love it…but I kinda hate the production of making the traditional 13×9 inch pan of the stuff.
The boiling, the grating, the layering, the baking, the cooling, the slicing…it’s just exhausting. Especially for something that will be devoured in no time.
Which is why I love this recipe for soup bowl lasagna so very much. It’s all the joy of lasagna in a fraction of the time.
You cook up the lasagna noodles the way you always do, but instead of assembling all the ingredients in a baking dish, you skip right to the plate.
Some warm marinara sauce, some spinach, a delicious mixture of warmed ricotta and mozzarella, the cooked noodles, some parmesan cheese…instant, super-easy lasagna!
No muss, no fuss, no baking. This is a lasagna you can actually make on a school night.
Here’s how you make soup bowl lasagna!
Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add a tablespoon of salt. Blanch 12 ounces of spinach in the water for one minute, scoop it out with a slotted spoon into a strainer and let it drain.
Add 8 lasagna noodles that you have broken in half to the boiling water and cook until just tender. Drain those too.
Meanwhile, heat a 1 ¼ cups of ricotta in a small pot, stirring until it is nice and smooth. Add 4 ounces of shredded mozzarella and stir until melted, about one minute more. Remove the pot from the heat and grind in some pepper.
Warm 2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce in a separate pot (I know, so many pots, but I promise it’s worth it!)
Time to assemble! Line up 4 soup bowls and ladle a quarter cup of sauce into each bowl. Top with two noodles. Divide spinach on top of noodles, and then divide cheese mixture on top of spinach. Top with second later of noodles, remaining sauce and grated parmesan. Serve at once.
More tips for making Soup Bowl Lasagna!
Gosh, you’d think this had happened to me. Ha! Put the noodles in a stack on top of a dishcloth. Fold the cloth around them, center it on the edge the counter and push until they break (you can do this in sets of 4 or even 2 noodles if that works better for you). Don’t worry if they aren’t in perfect halves – nobody will Ever Know.
Nope, you need the originals. Those no boil noodles work by absorbing the sauce as a traditional lasagna cooks in the oven, and our noodles are going directly into our soup bowls!
Why, YES! I modestly call it The Best Tomato Sauce in the World…because it is, and it is super simple to make.
Meanwhile back at the lasagna, you can make exactly the amount you need, portion by portion, because you are assembling it right into individual soup bowls.
Which you probably figured out.
From the name of the recipe. :)
So for all of you who are looking for lasagna shortcuts, break out your soup bowls and give this one a whirl.Print
Soup Bowl Lasagna
This easy recipe for soup bowl lasagna takes out so much of the work of regular lasagna and turns it into a quick and delicious soup bowl supper.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Main Course
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 12 ounces baby spinach
- 8 lasagna noodles, broken in half
- 1 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
- 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add a tablespoon of salt. Blanch the spinach in the water for one minute, scoop out with a slotted spoon into a colander and drain.
- Add noodles to the boiling water and cook until just tender. Drain.
- Meanwhile, heat ricotta in heavy small saucepan until smooth. Stir over low heat for 2 minutes, add mozzarella and stir until melted, about one minute more. Remove from heat and grind in some pepper.
- Warm marinara sauce in separate saucepan.
- Time to assemble! Line up 4 soup bowls and ladle a quarter cup of sauce into each bowl. Top with two noodles. Divide spinach on top of noodles, and then divide cheese mixture on top of spinach. Top with second later of noodles, remaining sauce and grated parmesan. Serve at once.
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Keywords: soup bowl lasagna, shortcut lasagna recipe, quick lasagna recipe, kid friendly lasagna soup
Fun and Fearless in Beantown says
Another great trick is to use already made raviolis for your cheese and pasta and add sauce and ricotta. Delicious!
Whoa this is SO much easier than making traditional lasagna. Even easier than no-bake noodles I think!
And by no-bake I mean no-cook.
This is a fabulous idea!
I need to start making more of the stuff you post. It looks so good, and I think maybe I don't want to ruin that with my cooking. Haha!
Sounds like an interesting twist. Although, the gooey melted cheese is my most favorite part of the lasagne…….
Looks fun…But you can't give up regular, trouble to make, lasagna for long. It always sneaked back and wants to be made!! ^_^ We'll leave it for weekends now though.
Susan Erickson says
makes total sense to me…great idea!
Susan Erickson says
makes total sense to me…great idea!
fresh vending says
Perfect. It turned out to be a show stealer on the weekend.
a Broad says
Brilliant ! When you are cooking for 2, a lighter dish ( less cheese) and less time to make it is a treat.
I am going to make this one night this week ! I also like that I can make this in the summer without having the oven on ..
Heather @ Side of Sneakers says
This is brilliant. I always wondered why you had to cook it again after you cook everything first anyways. Thanks for the answer: You don't! :)
Nutmeg Nanny says
This looks awesome! I agree, the making of lasagna can be quite a production. I could go for a big bowl of this right now!
This looks great…can't wait to try it! I have another super easy lasagna recipe I like to use, for lasagna in the crockpot. Here is the link:
I tweak it a little, but it's a super easy and fast way to make lasagna :-)
This looks delicious! Can't wait to try and taste it.
Who would've thought?!? To think, all these years, we've been slappin' those lasagna noodles on top of each other like a 1950's assembly line! I'm making this bad boy tomorrow night!
Laura Keller says
What a great way to do lasagna! Looks delicious and I can't wait to try this recipe!
I worked with a gourmet chef and she used to serve lasagna just like this at her restaurant. I always wondered how she did it and now I know! I just want to tell you I love your blog.
OMG YES! My hubby LOVES lasagna, it's his MOST favorite but I HATE HATE HATE making it during the week because it takes HOURS and HOURS it seems like.
a Broad says
I made this tonight.
It was so easy and so very very good.
My husband ( at first) felt that it should have been baked… but then he took his first bite… we both barely managed not to lick the bowls clean.. Thank goodness there was enough for seconds !
This is an awesome idea! I do not like the prep for lasagna either and you've taken all the fuss and mess away!!! Thank you!
sweet (baby) love says
This is pretty stinkin genius! We made it for dinner yesterday and it was amazing and super easy, which I think makes it even more amazing ;)
Preppy Pink Crocodile says
I love this! I sometimes make lasagna using a really good square (important) ravioli. I use them while still frozen even. Saves a lot of time. Bake for 45 mins. Delish!
a Broad says
Preppy Pink Crocodile… I did that also and found it worked out perfectly .. we get Sorrentino's fresh and soft and I just stick those straight into the oven, sauced and cheesed.