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How to make Crockpot Lasagna

Have you ever made crockpot lasagna? I tried it for the first time last week for dinner and oh my, it was delicious! Crockpot dinners are very popular in our home as they are quick, easy and almost always delicious. Crockpot lasagna is prepared the same way as traditional lasagna, except you layer in a crockpot dish as opposed to a baking dish that you would cook in the oven.

crockpot lasagna

Ingredients:

1 box lasagna {uncooked}

1 lb lean ground beef

2 tsp. chopped garlic

1 jar tomato sauce (28 ounce)

1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

1 container ricotta cheese (14 ounce)

1/2 cup grated parmesan/romano cheese

16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

Italian seasoning, salt & pepper

crockpot lasagna

Directions:

Brown beef in skillet and add tomato sauce and paste once meat is cooked. Cook on low until warm.

Mix ricotta, italian seasoning, garlic, shredded cheese and grated parmesan/romano cheese in a bowl. Leave a small amount of shredded cheese in a separate dish to add to the top.

Cover bottom of crockpot with sauce and add a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles. I broke my noodles in half to make them fit. Spoon meat sauce over noodles and spread a thin layer of mixed ricotta on top. Do this entire process (layer noodles/meat sauce/cheese) again creating two or three layers. Finish by adding meat sauce on top and sprinkle remaining shredded cheese on top. Season to taste.

Cook on low for 4 hours or until noodles are cooked. Be careful not to overcook.

If you find that the edges are burning towards the end, add a little water around the sides or more sauce. My crockpot tends to cook very fast even on low, so I did add about a cup of water around the edges about 3/4 of the way through (the 3 hour mark). Crockpot lasagna is my new favorite recipe! This recipe serves about 8 people. My grandfather loved it!

Recipe slightly adapted from food.com

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18 Comments

  1. I had heard of crockpot lasagna but never tried it. It looks delicious!

  2. I plan to try this tonight. Thanks for the recipe. 😀

  3. I made this but the noodles were so mushy we threw it out. I bought oven ready lasagna (not precooked), is that why?

    1. Hmmm, I’m not sure. I didn’t use the oven ready lasagna though. I suppose that could have made a difference but not sure. I do know that if it’s over cooked, it can get mushy but try using the regular lasagna (like it did), hopefully that will work out better for you :).

  4. Tried few weeks ago followed the same directions and it was great! Making again tonight!

  5. I made it today and it was a hit! Everyone had seconds!
    I used whole wheat lasagna noodles.

  6. Judy Murray says:

    Thanks for sharing. Interested in how you folks manage living in a home with so many different age groups. My brother lives with me and my husband and it is sometimes difficult. We were empty nesters so it has been an adjustment.

    1. We have our own family/tv rooms which really helps. The key for us is to prevent being on top of each other and respecting each others privacy . There is only so many westerns, Walton’s and Bonanza shows I can watch! haha

  7. can you make this recipe if you will be gone 8 hrs

  8. paige macdonald says:

    Made it tonight and it was awesome!! I have three picky kids and they all loved it!!!

  9. just saw this via Pinterest and it looks great! I’m trying to put together some crock pot meals for my son and dil for when their baby is born. Do you know if the ricotta cheese can be frozen?

  10. have been making this for about a year with a couple changes. One of the few “non steak and potatoes” dishes my picky husband will eat. I use whole milk cottage cheese instead of ricotta. Ricotta made it too dry. Reserve I cup pasta sauce. I mix cooked meat, sauces and seasonings including garlic and small can of sliced mushrooms. 1 cup pasta sauce in bottom of crock. Layer broken lasagna noodles, 1/3 of meat mixture, 1/2 half of cottage cheese, 1/3 of shredded mozzarella. Second layer of noodles, 1/3 meat mixture, remaining half of cottage cheese, 1/3 mozzarella . Layer of noodles, remaining 1/3 of meat mix, last of mozzarella. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese. Cook on low NO MORE than 4 hours or it will dry out. We love it. Having leftovers tonight, in fact.

  11. Nummy! I made this today and it was so delicious. My crockpot is usually quite slow on low, so I put on high. It ended up being ready in under two hours and the noodles were just perfect. Thanks!