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Easiest Slow Cooker Lasagna

Easiest Slow Cooker Lasagna

Lasagna always seems to be a crowd-pleaser, and this lasagna recipe couldn’t be simpler, since everything goes right into your slow cooker; no need to boil the noodles first. This dish is excellent for taking to a potluck, or just for having dinner prepared ahead of time on a busy day. If you are feeding a crowd this recipe can easily be doubled; just make sure the slow cooker is large enough and expect to add some extra minutes onto the cook time.

No ricotta cheese on hand? Substitute cottage cheese, or make your own ricotta cheese with this simple recipe(coming soon!).

Easiest Crock Pot Lasagna

Prep time: 15 minutes      Cook time: 2 ½-3 hours     Total time: Approximately 3 hours

Serves 6-8

1 lb lean ground beef

1 24 oz jar pasta sauce

1 cup water

1 tablespoon dried onion

1 tsp beef bouillon

1 ½ cups ricotta cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella or Italian five cheese blend, divided

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

1 egg

½ cup milk

½ tsp fresh ground black pepper

2 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning

12 lasagna noodles, uncooked


In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, scramble fry the ground beef until no longer pink. When the meat is browned, add pasta sauce, water, onion, and bouillon and cook just until heat through, stirring often.

Meanwhile, mix together the cheeses, egg, milk, and spices, reserving 1 cup of Mozzarella.

Place one cup of meat sauce in the bottom of a 4-6 quart slow cooker. Break four noodles into large pieces and layer on top. Add half of the cheese mixture, a third of the remaining meat mixture, and then four more noodles. Repeat layers, ending with meat mixture on top. Cook for 2 ½ -3 hours on high (note that cooking times may vary depending on the size and heat of your slow cooker). Add the reserved 1 cup of mozzarella cheese for last 10-15 minutes of cooking time.

Layer the meat sauce, dry noodles and cheese mixture

If you are unsure whether the lasagna is done, insert a fork into the middle, and pierce the noodles. If they are tender and easily pierced, your meal is ready!

To complete this meal, serve with a lettuce salad and crusty bread or garlic toast. Chocolate anything for dessert will round out this classic meal perfectly. You’ll definitely want to check out this recipe for Hot Fudge Pudding Cake!



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  1. Interesting idea of putting it all in the slow cooker. I suppose I could replace with gluten free noodles as well?
    I’ll have to try this!

    1. Hi Trish – I’ve never used gluten-free noodles in this recipe, but I think they would work as long as the liquid-to-noodle ratio was similar. If you do try it, please let me know how it turns out!

  2. Going to make this for our pot luck at our quilters sew days in February. Sounds wonderful and crockpots are the best for pot luck. Thanks Cara. Would love to have you visit us this winter . . . we have no plans. Hugs and Love . . Dar

    1. Hi Dar! Yes, this is a great recipe for bringing to a potluck – it’s always a hit when I do! And a “quilters sew day” complete with a potluck sounds like so much fun!
      We’d love to visit too…wish our winter would slow down a tad so we could!

  3. Yummy!! Hard to find cottage or ricotta here but I’ve tried feta cheese which they sell!! It works too!

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