This easy crock pot lasagna makes a delicious easy recipe for weeknight dinners that is quick clean up and kid friendly.
This simple slow cooker recipe gives you that delicious comfort food taste of oven baked lasagna right in your crock pot.
Crockpot lasagna is a hearty one pot meal that your whole family will love, plus it is easy clean up!
This delicious slow cooker lasagna is good enough to serve when you have company for dinner. Your guests will be begging to take the leftovers home!
Even if you are not a traditional lasagna maker, this crock pot lasagna will taste like you spent hours in the kitchen!
Crock Pot Lasagna Ingredients
The ingredients in this simple lasagna couldn’t be easier. You probably have many of them in your pantry already. For this recipe, you will need:
- Browned Ground Beef
- Browned Italian Sausage
- Minced Garlic
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Italian Seasoning
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Cottage Cheese
- Parmesean Cheese
- Lasagna Noodles
You can leave out the Italian sausage and substitute more beef. You can substitute all of the meat for ground turkey for a lighter version of this lasagna.
You can add other seasonings to these simple crock pot ingredients to give this lasagna dinner any flavor you like.
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You might even try using fresh basil, oregano and garlic to enhance the flavor or even try making your own pasta sauce!
You can always make the sauce and meat ahead of time and freeze them to make the prep for this meal even faster!
Prep before cooking
Before you can begin layering your lasagna in your slow cooker, there are a few steps you should take. First you should make sure you have your meats browned.
You should also mix your cheeses in a large mixing bowl until they are well combined into a thick cheese mixture.
Finally, mix your seasonings into your pasta sauce well. I recommend whisking to prevent the dry seasonings from clumping.
Can you brown meat in the crock pot?
If you meal prep, browning your meat is one of the most time saving things you can do for your week. If you have a lot of meat to brown, you can certain brown ground beef in a crockpot to save time.
You could also pre brown the Italian sausage. If you brown and combine your meats ahead of time, you can even freeze them to use them at a later date.
Directions for Slow Cooker Lasagna
After gathering your ingredients, begin with a clean crockpot and cover the bottom with a thin layer of prepared pasta sauce. This should already have your seasonings mixed in. Then layer your first layer of lasagna noodles on top of the sauce.
Depending on the shape of your crockpot, you may need to break your lasagna noodles to insure that you create a complete layer of noodles. You should also make sure that your noodles are actually in the pasta sauce so they will cook thoroughly.
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Next you will add another layer of sauce and top with a layer of the meat mixture making sure to spread the mixture evenly across the noodles.
Mix all of your cheeses together making sure to reserve enough of the mozzarella to top the lasagna at the end.
After you create your cheese mixture, layer a generous portion of the mixture on top of the meat layer and spread evenly.
After the cheese layer, you will start over with a new layer of pasta, then follow it with sauce and so on until you have the desired number of layers.
You should make sure you add enough sauce each time to allow the lasagna to be moist and not dry out during the long cooking process.
When you finish layering the lasagna, top it off with your reserved mozzarella cheese, place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours or 6 hours on low.
When you finish cooking, cut into the lasagna, dip out and serve!
What to serve with Slow cooker lasagna
When serving your crock pot lasagna, you might include:
- Garlic Bread
- Extra Parmasean Cheese
- Green Beans
necessary kitchen tools
Making this crock pot lasagna is super simple and requires only few basic kitchen tools:
More Easy Crock Pot Meals
Making dinner in a crock pot is a great way to put dinner on autopilot. You can easily go on about your day while dinner cooks on its own. Try these other easy slow cooker meals:
- Easy Crockpot Mac and Cheese
- Crock Pot Chili
- How to Cook Chicken in a Crock Pot
- Slow Cooker Coconut Rice
- Easy Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken
- Crockpot Talapia Recipes
- Crockpot Applesauce Recipe
Using your crockpot to get dinner on the table is a great way to stop eating fast food and save money and time in the kitchen!
I hope you enjoy this hearty, comfort food lasagna recipe. I’m sure your whole family, even the kids, will love it!
- 1 lb Browned Ground Beef
- 1 lb Browned Italian Sausage
- 2 TBSP Minced Garlic
- 2 Jars Spaghetti Sauce
- 1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
- 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese Divided
- 1 container Cottage Cheese
- 1/2 cup Parmesean Cheese
- 1 box Lasagna Noodles
- Combine cheeses in a bowl reserving one cup of the mozzarella.
- Combine sauces and seasonings in a bowl and whisk well.
- Combine beef and sausage if you did not brown them together making sure to break up any large chunks.
- Cover the bottom of a large (at least 7 quart) crockpot with a thin layer of the pasta sauce.
- Next make a layer of lasagna noodles, breaking the noodles if necessary to make a complete layer.
- Combine the remaining sauce and the meat mixture into one bowl and combine well.
- Spoon 1/4-1/5 of the meat mixture on top of the noodles and spread evenly.
- Spoon 1/4-1/5 of the cheese mixture on top of the meat mixture and spread well.
- Create another noodle layer.
- Continue layering until your ingredients are gone or until your lasagna is the thickness you like.
- Top with reserved mozzarella cheese.
- Place lid on slow cooker and cook on high for three hours or low for 6.
- Serve and enjoy!
Other spices can be added to achieve desired flavor.
Meats can be substitured. Double the beef and omit the sausage, or change all meat to ground turkey or chicken for a lighter version.
Cottage cheese can be changed to ricotta for a dryer version.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 506Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 956mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 37g
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