Made with gluten free noodles and loaded with veggies, this Gluten Free Lasagna Noodles Soup is a great kid-friendly recipe perfect for every occasion. Make it ahead of time for nourishing lunches and comforting dinners! Instant pot, stove top, and vegetarian options.
Welcome to Soup week! We’re kickin’ things off with this crowd pleasing meal prep soup recipe sponsored by our friends at DeLallo and their new gluten free pastas! Thank you for supporting the brands that help me to create delicious gluten free recipes like this one for you! Full disclosure and privacy terms here.
Whether you’re trying to fit more veggies into your diet, looking for an easy meal prep recipe, or just want something warm and comforting, this instant pot lasagna soup has you covered!
Everyone’s Favorite Comfort Food
It’s back-to-school season! That means we’re all looking for easy meal prep recipes the whole family will love, and what’s better than lasagna or a good pasta recipe in general? Whether I’m making Easy Egg Lasagna or my Puerto Rican Paleo Breakfast Lasagna, I know it’s a meal that is guaranteed to please a crowd. After all, who can resist those layers of thick lasagna noodles, delicious tomato sauce, and fillings? I’m drooling just thinking about it! However, I don’t always have time to layer the ingredients and wait around for them to bake.
Luckily, the instant pot comes to the rescue alongside DeLallo’s gluten free lasagna noodles in this lasagna noodle soup! The pasta goodness doesn’t just stop there, either. Offering a wide variety of options from fast-cooking no-boil lasagna to orzo, fusilli, penne, and more, DeLallo has a gluten free noodle option to meet all your recipe needs. Plus, they taste just like the classic pasta we all love!
So, in an effort to create a gluten free and mom-approved lasagna recipe, I pulled out the instant pot, added some veggies, and got to work. The result was lasagna soup that both smells and tastes just like those old Chef Boyardee cups, a longtime childhood favorite of mine! However, unlike the original, this version is made without any preservatives or massive amounts of salt and sugar. Super quick and perfect to make ahead of time, the lasagna noodles add great texture similar to that of homemade minestrone. Serve it in a bowl, and your kids won’t even notice the difference.
Ready to get started? I thought so!
Our Super Star Gluten Free Ingredient!
Unfortunately, for those who suffer from Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, in which they cannot properly digest gluten, lasagna recipes are usually off-limits. But not today, not with this recipe! I got you covered! Actually, DeLallo has you covered. So thank them for creating the perfect gluten free lasagna noodles! 🥰 Not only can they easily be found in most stores and on the web, but they’re also made with a unique blend of corn and rice to create a taste and texture nearly identical to traditional noodles. Plus, they’re super easy to cook! We’ll show you how below. Keep reading!
No-Boil vs. Uncooked Noodles
DeLallo offers both no-boil and uncooked gluten free noodles. Both work great for all your gluten free needs! However, the no-boil lasagna noodles are super speedy for those one pot (or pan) wonders… ahem. Like Lasagna Soup!
Before being packaged, no-boil noodles, as the name suggests, are partially boiled to cut the cooking time in half. This allows you to have perfectly tender al dente noodles in the instant pot in half the time it takes to boil!
Meanwhile, uncooked pasta noodles are made out of either whole grain rice or a rice and corn blend to meet all your dietary needs. Available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, they work perfectly in all your favorite pasta dishes and cook in the same amount of time as traditional varieties.
Plus, both versions taste just like regular pasta noodles! Some describe gluten free lasagna noodles as having a slightly more nutty flavor and heartier texture. However, the differences are subtle and only add to the flavor. When added to the broth or your favorite pasta sauce, your kids won’t be able to tell the difference.
Soups On! Ingredient Add-Ins & Alternatives
While this instant pot lasagna soup already includes a few ingredients out of the ordinary when it comes to lasagna dishes, there’s always room for more!
Ramp Up the Nutrition with the Following Veggies:
- Bell Pepper
- Kale or Spinach
Boost Your Protein with High-Quality Add-Ins (Plant-Based Included):
- Ground beef, chicken, or pork
- Chicken sausage (my fav)
- Or even chickpeas to keep you full for hours.
Also, just as easily as ingredients can be added, they can be taken away from this recipe and altered, too. For example, if you’re following a dairy-free diet, simply omit the cheese topping. Of course, you can always experiment with your own flavors and alternatives. Just don’t forget the core ingredients!
Note: To make this recipe vegan, simply use vegetable broth, and omit the cheese topping.
How to Cook One Pot Lasagna Soup with DeLallo (2 Ways!)
For easy cooking, we’re giving you two different super speedy options so you can get out of the kitchen and back to the table!
While cooking with an instant pot or gluten free noodles might seem intimidating at first, it really couldn’t be more simple! However, there are a few tips and tricks that make the process easier.
A Few Things You Should Know Before You Start Cooking
Both regular noodles and gluten free pasta noodles take the same amount of time to cook in an instant pot as they would on a stove. However, thanks to the removal of some of the naturally occurring starches, no-boil noodles cook a wee bit faster.
No-boil lasagna noodles are often much thinner than regular lasagna noodles. Unlike regular noodles, they are also partially cooked in a water bath before being dried out and packaged for delivery. As a result, they don’t require boiling but do need additional liquid to reconstitute them during baking. Otherwise, you’re left with dry, crunchy noodles!
To start, place the onion and garlic in the instant pot, and sauté for about 2 minutes or until it is fragrant. Then, add in the mushrooms and zucchini, and sauté for another 2 minutes.
Pro-Tip: If you’re using meat, add it to the instant pot first, let it brown, and remove it from the pot before adding any other ingredients.
Next, add the salt, tomato, spices, half of the gluten free noodles, and the broth making sure to stir them well to combine. Add the remaining noodles, and submerge them in the broth.
Note: Add white wine to the zucchini and mushrooms to help the mushrooms sweat.
To finish, close and lock the lid, move the release valve to sealing, and select high pressure according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the cooking cycle has completed, allow the pressure to release for 8 minutes, and select Quick Steam to release the remaining pressure.
Pro-Tip: For no-boil noodles, you’ll select Quick Steam for 0 minutes to 30 seconds. If you’re using uncooked brown rice noodles, you’ll select 1 minute.
Watch How to Make Lasagna Noodle Soup in the Instant Pot
Similar to the instant pot method, you’ll start by adding oil, this time to a large stockpot. Or, use the grease from the cooked sausage if you’re adding meat.
Then, add in the onion and garlic, and sauté until they are translucent before adding in the zucchini and mushrooms. After about 2 minutes, add in the remaining ingredients making sure to save half the gluten free lasagna noodles.
Stir to combine, and add the remaining noodles ensuring they are submerged in the broth. Turn the heat to high until the soup starts to boil.
Once boiling, reduce the heat to a medium-low temperature, and let it simmer for 12-15 minutes before serving with garnishes.
Note: If you aren’t using no-boil noodles, add the dry pasta noodles to the pot when you reduce the heat and cook the soup until they are tender.
How to Store Leftovers
One of the great things about this soup is that it’s perfect to make ahead of time for nourishing meals in minutes. When stored in an airtight container in the fridge, the meatless option will stay fresh for up to 7 days. If you include meat, it’s best eaten within a day or two. Or, store it in the freezer for up to 3 months!
Have you ever had lasagna soup? It’s one of my favorites, and I’m sure it will quickly become one of yours, too. What other ways are you planning on using gluten-free lasagna noodles? Let me know in the comments below!