Crock-Pot Lasagna--You can do that?


One weekend this past fall I was preparing to spend a very cold afternoon and early evening in the impending snow watching my son play football. Knowing that I was going to be freezing cold when I returned home there was no way I was going to want to spend the next hour cooking dinner and I really did not want to eat out. So I started scouring through recipes.

I came upon the usual things I could put in my slow cooker like soups and roasts but really I was looking for a "one pot" meal where all I would have to do is come home and dish up a plate. No having to wait another 30 minutes for noodles to cook or having to add the final ingredient and wait a while longer while it finished cooking.

It was then that I stumbled upon a recipe for Crock-Pot Lasagna. I had no idea that you could make Lasagna in your slow cooker -- though I am not sure why I was so surprised, I do make pizza pasta in it from time to time.

Anyhow, the following is the recipe I used and I continue to use on a regular basis today. It has quickly become a new family favorite.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste (I use Italian Style)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 12 ounces cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese or 1/2 cup asiago cheese
  • 12 ounces lasagna noodles , uncooked (I prefer to use the no-boil kind)
  • 16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Optional 1 package chopped frozen spinach (thawed and drained)


  • Brown ground beef, onion and garlic in frying pan.
  • Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt and oregano.
  • Cook long enough to get it warm.
  • Spoon a layer of meat sauce onto the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Add a layer of spinach
  • Add a double layer of uncooked lasagna noodles (break to fit) and top with cheeses.
  • Repeat with sauce, spinach, noodles and cheeses until all are used up.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.


Carrie Dahle

Writer ~ Day to Day Woman


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