A delicious version of all the flavors of your favorite lasagna casserole. The cheesy yum brings a nice cool surprise to the soup.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Soup:
Cheesy Yum:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir sausage in hot oil until slightly brown and crumbly, about 5 minutes. Stir onion in sausage; cook and stir until softened, about 6 minutes.

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  • Stir garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes into onion mixture; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomato paste; cook and stir until mixture has a brick-red color, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Pour chicken stock, diced tomatoes, and bay leaves into pot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until flavors combine, about 30 minutes. Add rotini to pot and cook until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain. Stir in basil and season soup with salt and black pepper.

  • Stir ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pinch black pepper in a bowl until well-combined.

  • Place a dollop of cheese mixture in the bottom of a soup bowl. Sprinkle some mozzarella cheese over cheese mixture and ladle soup over the top. Repeat with remaining cheese mixture, mozzarella, and soup.

Nutrition Facts

520 calories; protein 29.3g 59% DV; carbohydrates 40.3g 13% DV; fat 26.4g 41% DV; cholesterol 65.2mg 22% DV; sodium 1919.1mg 77% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2016
This recipe is a really great idea and the cheese mixture is such a delicious addition. One note however: I would suggest cooking the pasta separately and serving it into each bowl; cooking it with the soup AND simmering for a half hour tends to make the pasta a bit mushy. Regardless, this one's a family favourite! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/25/2018
Good flavor but I think next time I will make with ground beef instead of sausage. I don't think the cheese mixture really added anything special. May just add ricotta to the soup next time (small amount). Read More
32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2016
This is a great easy alternative to the more labor intensive lasagna. It's a staple in our house now everyone loves it! I don't typically use the cheese mixture at the end unless I happen to have ricotta on hand... It doesn't need it but it is very good with it! The last time I made it I didn't have any fresh basil on hand and while it was still delicious it was definitely better with basil! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/29/2016
This recipe is a really great idea and the cheese mixture is such a delicious addition. One note however: I would suggest cooking the pasta separately and serving it into each bowl; cooking it with the soup AND simmering for a half hour tends to make the pasta a bit mushy. Regardless, this one's a family favourite! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2015
We really liked this recipe! My sons couldn't believe how much it tasted like lasagna. The cheesy yum is really tasty and adds a nice flavour. I only had 4 sausages that weighed 3/4 lb so I halved the recipe. I added a yellow pepper used salt free chicken broth 1 tsp dried basil as I didn't have fresh and omitted the salt. I knew there was not going to be enough liquid to cook the pasta in I added 2 cups spaghetti sauce and 2 cups water. I had a 375 gram box of Fusilli pasta that I used which is 13 ounces approximately. I needed to add 2 more cups of water while the pasta was cooking. For future reference I liked the meat to pasta ratio with the 4 sausages and 375 g box of pasta. I would definitely add more vegetables like peppers mushrooms and zucchini. In total I used 3 cups chicken stock 2 cups spaghetti sauce and 4 cups water I would probably add 1 more cup of water as it was really like a stew and I think the leftovers will be quite thick tomorrow. I feel the tbsp of tomato paste is really a waste and I would omit it and just use the spaghetti sauce instead. I really liked the flavour the fire roasted tomatoes added I had never used them before. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2018
Made in slow cooker exactly as written and it was fabulous! Cooked sausage in skillet, put all in slow cooker except cheeses and pasta. Four hours on high. When done add mozarella, ricotta and parmesan. Cooked broken up lasagna noodles until al dente and added at end. Everyone loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2018
Made for daughters b-day. Never even heard of this before but that was what she wanted. Served with salad and crusty garlic bread. All through the meal no one spoke. Just 'mmm' 'yum' and 'oh my'. There was barely enough for her to take home for a lunch it was so good! Our new favorite get together meal...:) Thanks for sharing such a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2016
Used 2 lbs of italian chicken sausage don't use the cheesy yum. It's delicious! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/09/2018
This was good and very easy to make. It was a hit at family dinner. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2018
This is a very tasty soup! I used 2 lbs. of sausage about 5 tbsp. of tomato paste added 2 extra cups of chicken stock and used the entire 16 oz. box of rotini pasta as I prefer to have a lot of noodles in my soup. It was delicious! The cheesy yum is good but I probably wouldn't bother to make it next time. Shredded mozzarella or a dollop of ricotta would be sufficient and easier. This will definitely be a new staple in our household! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2018
This was sooo good. Was perfect for us as my husband does not like cheese. So I just left it out of his bowl. Will make this again! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/25/2018
Good flavor but I think next time I will make with ground beef instead of sausage. I don't think the cheese mixture really added anything special. May just add ricotta to the soup next time (small amount). Read More
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