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Crockpot Lasagna cooks all day while you’re away. It is so easy to assemble the simple layers of pasta, meat sauce, and cheese in a slow cooker, then enjoy a ready-made-meal.
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Table of Contents
  1. Easy Crockpot Lasagna
  2. Why We Love This Crockpot Lasagna Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
  6. How to Make the BEST Crockpot Lasagna
  7. Storage Tips
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Other Easy Crockpot Recipes
  10. Crockpot Lasagna Recipe

Crockpot Lasagna could be the easiest lasagna you’ll ever make because you don’t need to boil the noodles before layering simple ingredients in the slow cooker. In only 15 minutes, you can prepare this hearty, meaty, cheesy meal, then set it and forget it while the crockpot does the work– no need to babysit an oven-baked dish as you go about your day!

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Easy Crockpot Lasagna

This Crockpot Lasagna is filled with layers of tender pasta, mountains of melted cheese, and a savory meat sauce that tastes just as good as my Lasagna Roll-Ups and Lasagna Casserole, but it’s even easier to make!

In mere minutes, you can brown the ground beef and simmer it into a flavorful red meat sauce, then layer it with noodles and a cheese mixture and let it cook hands-off into the ultimate fuss-free comfort food. There’s no need to pre-cook the pasta because the noodles soften in the slow cooker and become tender with a perfect texture.

My simple Crockpot Lasagna recipe takes all the work out of a traditional family favorite and adapts it for the slow cooker. It still has all of the rich and zesty flavors you’d find in the classic casserole, but it simply tastes like you spent all day making it, without any of the hassles.

Why We Love This Crockpot Lasagna Recipe

  • Quick and easy to prepare in only 15 minutes.
  • Simple to assemble the layers in the crockpot and let them cook low and slow.
  • Use uncooked lasagna noodles – No pre-cooking the noodles required.
  • Slow cooking brings out the delicious flavors in this one-pot meal.
  • Versatile recipe that can be customized with your favorite lasagna fillings.
  • A delicious homemade meal that your family loves, even when you are too busy to bake.
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Ingredients

  • Ground beef
  • Italian seasoning
  • Can roasted garlic herb spaghetti sauce: You can use your favorite type of tomato sauce or pasta sauce instead. 
  • Beef broth: Replace this with chicken or vegetable broth if needed.
  • Mozzarella cheese: Switch this out for provolone, cheddar, or even Monterey jack cheese if you want.
  • Small curd cottage cheese: You can use large curd cottage cheese, though it won’t be as easy to spread. 
  • Egg
  • Lasagna noodles (uncooked)
  • Fresh minced parsley (optional garnish)

Substitutions and Additions

  • More Meat Options: Feel free to use ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground Italian sausage for this recipe. 
  • Veggies Add Vitamins: For extra nutrients, you can add some fresh or frozen spinach to the cheese mixture or layer in cooked vegetables, like peppers or mushrooms.
  • Vegetarian Version: You can easily use tofu instead of beef in this lasagna, or just leave out the meat altogether, use a marinara sauce and add extra veggies.
  • More Cheese, Please: You can add some ricotta cheese for a change in texture or some parmesan cheese for extra richness. I love cheese, so I would not judge you if you put even more cheese on the lasagna than what the recipe calls for.
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  • Large deep skillet
  • Crockpot
  • Measuring tools
  • Mixing tools
  • Large bowl

How to Make the BEST Crockpot Lasagna

Crock pot Lasagna is the easiest way to serve a homemade meal without actually cooking! This recipe can be prepared in 15 minutes, then simply set it and forget it and let the slow cooker do the work!

  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium high heat.
    brown ground beef
  2. Drain any excess grease, then mix in the spaghetti sauce, beef broth, and Italian seasoning with the meat.
  3. Simmer the meat sauce uncovered on low to medium heat for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
    add beef into tomato sauce
  4. While the sauce is simmering, combine the cups of mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, Italian seasoning, and egg in a bowl.
    cheese layer ingredients
  5. Spray the bottoms and sides of your crockpot and begin layering. 
  6. Spread a layer of meat sauce on the bottom of the crockpot.
  7. Place 3 lasagna noodles on top of meat sauce.
    Pro Tip: Use regular (NOT no-boil) lasagna noodles, and layer the noodles uncooked in your slow cooker.  Depending on the shape of your crockpot, you may need to break two lasagna noodles and leave one unbroken lasagna noodle for the middle layer.
  8. Spread the cheese mixture on top of the noodles.
    Pro-Tip: It’s important to cover the noodles completely with the sauce and cheese mixture so that the noodle actually has enough liquid to cook. If necessary, check the lasagna about halfway through to make sure the noodles are cooking. You can push them into the sauce or cover them as best as you can so it finishes cooking. 
    layering lasagna
  9. Repeat the layering until everything has been used. You should have enough for four sets of layers.
  10. Top the last layer of noodles with mozzarella cheese. 
  11. Cover and cook on low for 3-5 hours or until the noodles absorb the liquid and are soft.
    Pro Tip: You can check the noodles for tenderness by lifting them up and poking them with a fork or cutting them with a knife. After the cook time ends, you may want to turn off the heat and let the lasagna rest for 20 to 30 minutes. The rest time will make it easier to slice and serve your lasagna. If you are crunched for time, you can cook the lasagna on high for 2 hours.
    repeat layer
  12. Plate and serve warm with some minced parsley as a garnish, optional.
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  13. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

  • To Store: You can store this lasagna in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: Leftovers can be frozen for 3 months if stored in a freezer-safe container.
  • To Reheat: Reheat refrigerated leftovers in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. You can also reheat the whole casserole in a 350 F oven for 20 minutes. To reheat individual squares from frozen, simply microwave for 7-8 minutes.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What if the noodles do not fit in my crockpot?

Not all crock pots are the same shape and size. Therefore, you will need to layer and break the noodles in the way that works best for your specific crockpot. If you have a particularly small crockpot, divide the recipe in half and use half the amount of ingredients for each layer. Some crockpots will also cook faster than others, so keep that in mind as you wait for the lasagna to finish cooking.

Can I freeze this lasagna?

Yes, you can freeze this Crockpot Lasagna. Fully assemble and cook the lasagna according to the recipe, then cool to room temperature, transfer to a freezer container, and freeze. To serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, and reheat portions in the microwave.

Can I make this in advance?

Yes, you can assemble this entire Crockpot Lasagna ahead of time and cook it the next day. Make your meat sauce and then assemble the layers in your crockpot by following the instructions in the recipe. Place the entire crockpot in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, cook the lasagna as instructed.

What can I serve with this lasagna?

This lasagna is a hearty, substantial meal and does not need much to complete it. I love to pair it with my Olive Garden salad, Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic Bread, Air Fryer Garlic Knots or a simple steamed vegetable.

Can I use “No-Boil” Lasagna Noodles?

You may use oven-ready noodles, but be aware that they will cook much faster than regular lasagna noodles. So you may need to adjust your cooking time otherwise they may get too soft and mushy. Y

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Other Easy Crockpot Recipes

5 from 8 votes
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Crockpot Lasagna

Serves — 10
Crockpot Lasagna cooks all day while you’re away. It is so easy to assemble the simple layers of pasta, meat sauce, and cheese in a slow cooker, then enjoy a ready-made-meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • pounds ground beef
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning divided in half
  • 24 ounce can roasted garlic herb spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided (you’ll need a 16 ounce bag or 16 ounce block)
  • cups small curd cottage cheese (you’ll need a 24 ounce tub)
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 lasagna noodles (NOT NO-BOIL) uncooked
  • Fresh minced parsley optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a large deep skillet over medium high heat, brown the ground beef until no longer pink.
  • Drain any excess grease and then add the spaghetti sauce, beef broth, and 1 Tablespoon of Italian seasoning to the skillet and stir until everything is well mixed.
  • Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • In the meantime, combine 1 ½ cups of the divided mozzarella cheese, small curd cottage cheese, 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning, and large egg together in a bowl. Stir everything together well.
  • Spray the bottoms and sides of your crockpot and begin layering.
  • Spread a layer of 1 cup of the meat sauce on the bottom of the crockpot.
  • Layer 3 lasagna noodles on top of meat sauce. Fit the crock pot by breaking two lasagna noodles and leave one unbroken lasagna noodle for the middle layer. This will depend on the shape of your crockpot.
  • Spread 1 cup of the cheese mixture on top of the noodles.
  • Repeat the layering until everything is used. You should have enough for four sets of layers.
  • Top the last layer of noodles with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3-5 hours or until the noodles absorb the liquid and are soft. You can check the noodles for tenderness by lifting them up and poking them with a fork or cutting them with a knife.
  • Plate and serve warm with some minced parsley as a garnish, optional.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage :
  • To Store: You can store this lasagna in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: Leftovers can be frozen for 3 months if stored in a freezer-safe container.
  • To Reheat: Reheat refrigerated leftovers in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. You can also reheat the whole casserole in a 350 F oven for 20 minutes. To reheat individual squares from frozen, simply microwave for 7-8 minutes.
Tips:
  • Use regular (NOT no-boil) lasagna noodles, and layer the noodles uncooked in your slow cooker. 
  • After the cook time ends, you may want to turn off the heat and let the lasagna rest for 20-30 minutes. The rest time will make it easier to slice and serve your lasagna.
  • If you are crunched for time, you can cook the lasagna on high for 2 hours.
  • It’s important to cover the noodles completely with the sauce and cheese mixture so that the noodle actually has enough liquid to cook. If necessary, check the lasagna about halfway through to make sure the noodles are cooking. You can push them into the sauce or cover them as best as you can so it finishes cooking. 

Nutrition Info

Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 866mg | Potassium: 643mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 598IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 3mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank YOU Jen 👍🏼👏🏼😊❗️Looks GREAT and NICE to Have Different Ideas For Changing OUT Meats 👏🏼👍🏼YUMMY , They ALL Sound GOOD 😊G-d♥️Bless