Slow Cooker Lasagna

by Suzanne on May 16, 2013

in Savory

Slow cooker lasagna Suzanne cooker recipes are such life savers especially when you have a busy week ahead but you want to eat at home instead of eating out.   The slow cooker comes to the rescue in cold weather or hot,  because it won’t heat up your house but you will have a hot meal waiting for you when you walk in the door.  If you have room in your life for another best friend  I highly recommend the slow cooker.  I know you are skeptical about pasta in the slow cooker, but don’t be because you put uncooked noodles in the slow cooker so they don’t become soggy.   I don’t know about you but I really don’t make lasagna that much because it takes time, although who doesn’t like lasagna? Well, I’m sure there are a few haters of lasagna out there but for the most part it’s a widely popular dish. When my family came home to this delicious smelling pot of lasagna they asked “What’s for dinner?” My son who really doesn’t get excited about many homemade dishes was a happy camper. The lasagna was really simple to make and it tasted just like I baked it in the oven. So ditch your casserole dish and boiling the noodles and grab your slow cooker, put your recipe together and forget about it.


Slow Cooker Lasagna

1 pound ground turkey or beef
1 yellow onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic pressed or minced
1 29 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
1 6 ounce can tomato paste
1 4 ounce can tomato sauce
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
12 ounces of dry uncooked lasagna noodles
12 ounces cottage cheese
1 egg
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
olive oil optional
garnish with chopped fresh basil or parsely

Step 1: In a large skillet cook ground turkey or beef with chopped onion on medium heat. Drain fat.
Step 2: Add the tomatoes, paste, sauce, salt, oregano, and basil stir well and cook until well heated.
Step 3: In medium size bowl mix together cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, egg and mozzarella cheese.
Step 4: Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray, then spoon a layer of meat mixture on the bottom of slow cooker.
Step 5: Add a double layer of lasagna noodles, breaking to fit the cooker.
Step 6: Spoon half the cheese mixture on to the noodles, then repeat with the meat mixture, noodles, then cheese and ending with the meat sauce. Sprinkle a little extra parmesan cheese and drizzle olive oil over the top.
Step 7: Cook on low for for 6- 8 hours. (6 hours was plenty of time for my slow cooker)
Notes: To save time on the day you plan to make your lasagna get your sauce cooked the night before and your cheese mixture, then the prep time the day of is a snap.

slow cooker lasagna Suzanne

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1 Jerry | Simply Good Eating May 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Suzanne, I never tried lasagna in a slow cooker but it is a great idea 🙂 Whats not to like about a meal you can set it and forget about it? I love coming home from a long day’s work with a meal ready to go! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

2 Suzanne May 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Thank you Jerry, I hope you get a chance to try it out.

3 The Café Sucre Farine May 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Wow Suzanne, how amazing is this? Lasagna in the slow cooker? Love it and would never have thought of it in a million years. Thanks for sharing, pinning it!

4 Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Amazing, this would make a perfect weeknight meal!

5 Valerie May 16, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Suzanne, this looks amazing! (And I’m not even a huge lasagna fan!)

6 Betty Ann @Mango_Queen May 16, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I’ve been in search of an easy and good slow cooker lasagna and I think I just found it! Thanks for sharing!

7 Carol | a cup of mascarpone May 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

This is fantastic, Suzanne! It looks just like it was baked in the oven…and delicious! Love it! Have a great weekend! xox

8 Patty May 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm

I like the idea of my slow cooker as my new BFF!!! There is nothing like walking in the door and having dinner waiting-the closest thing to having mom in the kitchen! Your slow cooker lasagna looks delicious-I will have to try your recipe-thanks for your inspiration Suzanne 😉

9 CCU May 18, 2013 at 4:39 am

So delicious and saucy and cheesy! 😀


10 Suzanne May 24, 2013 at 12:27 am

thank you sweetie 🙂

11 Tessa May 18, 2013 at 11:35 am

What a great idea! I’m definitely going to try this recipe! By the time I get home in the evenings, it’s too late to pull together a lasagna dinner. Thank you Suzanne!

12 Suzanne May 24, 2013 at 12:27 am

Thanks Tessa, I hope you try it soon.

13 Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 18, 2013 at 11:39 am

Lasagna is tied with pizza and fried chicken (I’m eternally 4 years old when it comes to savory food ;)) for my favorite food.

But a slow cooker version?! I’ve never tried that or even thought about it. Love it!

14 Suzanne May 24, 2013 at 12:26 am

I hadn’t either thought of doing lasagna in a slow cooker before now and I wish I had because it was pretty simple so I hope you like it.

15 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} May 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I purchased a slow cooker several months ago and I have to admit that I have not been inspired yet to open the box until NOW. This recipe will now have to be my first that I use my slow cooker for. It looks mouth watering! Thank you for sharing and I hope you have a great Saturday!!!

16 Suzanne May 24, 2013 at 12:25 am

Well I’m so glad you are inspired by this recipe, I hope you give a try Lisa.

17 ashley - baker by nature May 20, 2013 at 10:07 pm

I’ve been craving lasagna like a mad woman! This gorgeous post in not helping 😉

18 Suzanne May 24, 2013 at 12:23 am

Ha ha…Ashley you need to make this one for sure then, it’s so easy.

19 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts May 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I have been wanting to make a slow cooker lasagna recipe forever, but have never done it! This looks wonderful, and is definitely going to push me over the edge!

20 Suzanne May 24, 2013 at 12:22 am

Well, I sure hope you give this one a try and it works out great for you Erin.

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