Crockpot Lasagna

August 15, 2011

Yesterday the Red Head and I whipped up some crockpot lasagna and it was so good I just had to share. I was given the recipe by my aunt a couple months ago and have been waiting to test it out. The recipe I followed is so, so so easy but if you’re up for more of a challenge I found something more complicated on Trader Joe’s website. Here’s what you need for the simplified version:

  • • 2 jars marinara sauce
  • • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • • 16 oz shredded mozzarella
  • • 16 oz no boil lasagna noodle
  • • Any meat or veggies that suit your fancy (we used some yellow zucchini, ground beef and a dash of Parmesan cheese on top)

Start by putting a thin coat of marinara sauce in the bottom of your crock pot. Add a layer of noodles. You don’t have to cook the noodles, but I got nervous and boiled them to al dente just to be safe. Spread a layer of ricotta on the noodles and sprinkle with mozzarella. Add another layer of marinara or your raw vegetables of choice. We chose to add meat so make sure you cook that first before adding it as a layer. Just keep repeating these steps over and over until you run out of ingredients or run out of space in your crockpot. You’ll end up with plenty of layers of delicious-ness. Set the crockpot to high for two hours and you’re all set! Seriously, this recipe could not be any easier. We’re already brainstorming the ingredients we’re going to add next time. I’m thinking kale and diced tomatoes as a start.

P.S. I made this yesterday as well. Still my favorite egg salad recipe.

Source: Italian Chef

37 thoughts on “Crockpot Lasagna

  1. elissabraun Post author

    i snagged the image from another site because i was too late in getting my own pics but i swear it tastes just as good as this one. the noodles i found didn’t specifically say ‘no boil’ but it all worked out in the end.

  2. mary jo

    I LOVE this idea–just wondering how it is to get it out of the crockpot – does each serving still resemble lasagna? Nevertheless I have a baby crock pot and am going to try this out this week!

    xo Mary Jo

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  4. elissabraun Post author

    Hi Jeanine. I wasn’t able to find ‘no boil’ noodles at my local store so I just used regular lasagna noodles and they worked perfectly. If you’re nervous you could always cook to al dente just to be sure. Thanks!

  5. Jo Romero

    What a great idea! For some reason I always thought that any type of pasta wouldn’t necessarily work in the crockpot but your lasagne looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing – have pinned this, can’t wait to try it.

  6. Yvonne B

    My grandmother used to add sliced hard boiled eggs and portuguese sausage in her lasagna and it was delicious.

  7. elissabraun Post author

    hey april! i found that the time doesn’t need to change if the noodles are boiled or uncooked, so two hours either way. if you’re boiling, only cook the noodles to al dente. you still want them to be a bit firm to the touch. thanks so much for your question!

  8. Jillian

    So good! I made it tonight with my own homemade sauce. I think I need to lay the noodles out differently, but other than that it came out great!

  9. elissabraun Post author

    glad to hear it, jillian! good luck with the noodles next time. i’ve found that breaking them up and spreading the ricotta on them before putting them in the crock pot works well.

  10. Jen

    Trying out this recipe right now! I only ended up using 8oz of noodles, but I think I must have too many other goodies in there! I used ground beef, mushrooms, and I used cottage cheese instead of the ricotta, and I mixed in some fresh chopped parsley to it. I’m a little nervous, as I didn’t spray my crockpot with cooking spray :/
    Can’t wait to eat! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. elissabraun Post author

    that sounds like a great combo, jen! i think you crockpot should be alright, just let it soak over night to be sure. can’t wait to hear about it!

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  13. Amber

    Mine is in the crockpot as we speak. I have a smaller crockpot and I only could fit half of an 8oz pack of lasagna noodles. Its full of goodies tho ;) I’m hoping it turns out ok!

  14. Christina

    How long do you cook it for and do you cook the meat before you put it in the crock pot?

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  16. Laura

    This is now our go-to recipe for Crockpot Lasagna!! In fact, my mom said I didn’t have any choice but to make it today for our Memorial Day dinner since we ended up not being able to for my uncle while he was here visiting from New Mexico. I just snuck a taste, and its amazing! This is the second time I’ve made it, and I love it more each time! My top Pinterest find <3

  17. Karissa Milton

    This recipe is amazing!! It is soo simple and easy. I was a little worried about cooking it with the uncooked lasagna noodles, but it came out a LOT better than I expected! It is sooooooo good and I usually dont like lasagna very much, I was making this for my hubby and I actually ate it too :) Yay! I will definitely be making this again, my husband and I loved it! And the fact that its so easy is GREAT, especially with a newborn! Thank you for the recipe!

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  19. Heather

    I couldn’t find no boil noodles can I put regular lasagna noodles in and it cook the same….

  20. Elissa Erickson Post author

    Yes, those totally work too! I rarely can find no boil noodles. Hope you’re enjoying the recipe. My crockpot died a couple weeks ago so I’m in mourning!

  21. Missy

    Pinned this and have come back to it several times. We use the recipe just the way you have it. SO delicious! Thank you!

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