Crockpot Lasagna

The first time I tried a crock-pot lasagna recipe, I was pretty apprehensive. I thought that after the lasagna spent 4 hours in a slow cooker, it was going to be mushy, soupy, or a complete disaster.

I was wrong.

Completely wrong.

Crockpot Lasagna

This is the easiest, savory lasagna that doesn’t turn into a shapeless mess on your plate.

Crockpot Lasagna
 
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Ingredients
For the Meat Layer:
  • 1 lb. ground beef (90/10)
  • ½ lb. hot sausage
  • ¾ onion, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 24 oz. jar of pasta sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
For the Ricotta Layer:
  • 25 oz. part-skim ricotta
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 tbs. basil
  • 3 tbs. grated parmesan
Additional Ingredients:
  • 24 oz. jar of pasta sauce (for the top and bottom)
  • 16 oz. fresh mozzarella (or 2 cups)
  • 1 package no-boil lasagna noodles
  • grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef, onions and bell peppers. Add the pressed garlic and saute for an additional minute. Then, add one jar of pasta sauce and let simmer for 5 minutes. Taste the meat mixture and add any additional seasonings.*
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add the ricotta, egg and basil, parmesan, and mix well. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. In a large crockpot, add a cup or two of the pasta sauce from the second jar. Add just enough to cover the bottom. Add the noodles, being careful not to overlap them. You may need to break the noodles apart to make them fit. Next, add repeating layers of ricotta (use about ⅓ of the total ricotta in each layer), mozzarella, meat sauce, and noodles. Top with remaining pasta sauce and mozzarella. Grate parmesan over the top of the lasagna.
  4. Cook in the crockpot over low heat for 4 hours. If cooked any longer, the lasagna has the tendency to dry out. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
*Additional Seasonings = cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, dried oregano and basil, tomato paste, spicy ketchup, salt, and pepper. The addition of these ingredients largely depends on the flavor of the pasta sauce. If the pasta sauce is strongly flavored, you may not need to add any spices.

 

2 comments
Beckey Badgett
Beckey Badgett

This is by far my absolutely favorite lasagne of all times!

Anna
Anna

I'm glad you like it Beckey! Cooking it in a crock pot makes this an easy recipe too!