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Easy Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe

Updated on March 22, 2011
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Cari Jean is a freelance writer and author. Her inspiring memoir "Having Faith" is available on Amazon. She resides in North Dakota.

Avoid the Noodle Hassle

I love lasagna! Love eating it that is, not so much making lasagna. For me, the worst part is dealing with the lasagna noodles. First you have to boil them, which seems to take forever. Then it's a matter of trying to tell if they are done or not. After draining them, I quickly grab one and throw it in my lasagna pan and I end up burning my fingers. They're hot! But I'm in a hurry. I still have to layer everything and then cook it in the oven which seems to take forever as well.

I am glad to say I have found a way to avoid all of this hassle - simply make crock pot lasagna! It's very easy and doesn't require trying to deal with wet, hot noodles.Here is an easy recipe for making lasagna in your slow cooker.

Ingredients

 To make this easy lasagna recipe in your slow cooker, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1 t. minced garlic
  • 16 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 4 oz. can sliced, drained mushrooms (I always add more because I love mushrooms)
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 8 oz. package uncooked lasagna noodles (or nine noodles)
  • 2 c. shredded mozzerella cheese
  • 12 oz. container cottage cheese
  • 1/2 c. grated Paremsan cheese
  • 1 c. water

The Hamburger Mixture

The first thing you'll want to do is place the hamburger along with the chopped onions and garlic into a skillet and brown the hamburger. After draining the grease from the hamburger, put it into a large bowl and add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, mushrooms, salt and oregano. Mix this well then spread about a quarter of the hamburger-sauce mixture onto the bottom of your slow cooker.

browning the hamburger with onion
browning the hamburger with onion

Lasagna Noodles

After spreading the meat mixture on the bottom of your crock pot, you'll want to add your first layer of lasagna noodles. Since crock pots normally come in odd oval shapes, this can be a little tricky. You'll need to break the noodles and fit them as best you can over the meat mixture in your crock pot. Use three noodles for each layer.

layer of noodles over the meat mixture
layer of noodles over the meat mixture

Cheese, Please

You'll now want to combine your three cheeses. The cheese mixture consists of 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, a 12 oz. container of cottage cheese and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese. Stir the cheese together until they are thoroughly mixed.

Next, spoon about one third of the cheese mixture over the noodles that are already in the crock pt.

mixture of three different kinds of cheese
mixture of three different kinds of cheese
cheese layer over the noodles
cheese layer over the noodles

Repeating the Layers

After putting the cheese on top of the noodles, you'll want to go back to your meat mixture and spoon some of it over your cheese mixture. After this, place another layer of noodles (three noodles broken up), another layer of cheese then meat again. Finally, add another layer of noodles, top that with cheese and top that with the remaining meat mixture.

Cover your crock pot and cook on the low setting for about 4-5 hours. I would not recommend the high setting for this recipe.

its easy to make lasagna in your slow cooker
its easy to make lasagna in your slow cooker

The Final Result

After the lasagna is cooked, you'll want to let it sit for about ten minutes before cutting it into pieces. Again, since the crock pot is odd shaped, this can be a little tricky. I cut two pieces lengthwise first then cut across four or five times. This makes between 8-10 pieces of lasagna. You can cut accordingly to how big of lasagna pieces you want to have.

The lasagna is done!
The lasagna is done!

Dinner Time

There you have it! Crock pot lasagna - an easy recipe for making lasagna in your slow cooker. Now just serve with a nice green salad and some bread sticks or garlic toast and you have made the perfect dinner! Wasn't that so much easier then messing with those hot, wet noodles!

piece of lasagna
piece of lasagna

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    • Cari Jean profile imageAUTHOR

      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Hendrika - I know lasagna is a favorite of mine too. This recipe is really delicious - I hope you like it! Thanks for your comment.

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      Hendrika 

      7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I love lasagna, but I do not always have the time, so this is great as it cooks on its own while I'm doing something else.

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      R Talloni - I think so too! Thanks for stoppin' in!

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      RTalloni 

      7 years ago from the short journey

      Soooo much easier! Thanks!

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Lady_E - thanks so much for your comment - it is really easy! (and delicious!)

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      Elena 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for this. I've never made Lasagna before. I'll try this Recipe. You make it seem easy.

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      izettl - it's really easy - easier than making it in the oven, I think. Thanks for your comment.

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      Laura Izett 

      7 years ago from The Great Northwest

      this sounds great and thanks for the pictures! I will try this. I've never even made regular lasagna but I think I can do this.

    • Cari Jean profile imageAUTHOR

      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Pollyannalana - wow, I'd be curious to know how it tastes with chicken. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Hello, hello - it is quite tasty! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Sounds a tasty recipe and I must try this.

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      Pollyannalana 

      7 years ago from US

      Wow that does look good, I don't eat beef but I will use some ground chicken! Thanks for a new idea!

      Polly

    • Cari Jean profile imageAUTHOR

      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      breakfastpop - Seriously??!! You don't have a crock pot? I highly recommend going out and getting one!

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Eiddwen - thanks so much for your comment - I hope you enjoy your lasagna!

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      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      I think its time I bought a crock pot!

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi Cari Jean,

      Anothe rgreat recipe for me to bookmark . I will let you know how it turned out.

      Thanks for sharing and take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Cari Jean 

      7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Money Glitch - I hope you like it! YOu'll have to let me know how it turns out.

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Hhhhmmm, saw this while hub hopping so glad I stopped by. Love lasagna and love using my crockpot. Bookmarking to try this weekend instead of doing spaghetti. Thanks for sharing!

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