Crock Pot Lasagna means no need for an oven! Lasagna noodles, meat sauce and cheese made all in one pot. Easy and delicious!
THE BEST CROCK POT LASAGNA
I'm always looking for new ways to use my Crock Pot (a.k.a. slow cooker.) It really is one of the most used items in my kitchen. Even with the invention of electric pressure cookers and air fryers. I use those too but slow cookers are so inexpensive and most people own one. I find myself going back to my slow cooker time and time again.
CAN I SUBSTITUTE COTTAGE CHEESE FOR RICOTTA?
Yes, of course. However, there is a reason I use cottage cheese in this recipe. It's to keep it all from drying out. Ricotta is a drier, crumbly cheese. It can dry out pretty quickly in this recipe if it's cooked too long. So, I use cottage cheese to keep it all nice and luscious! Or if you want something a bit more traditional, try my HOMEMADE BAKED LASAGNA RECIPE. Also for a chicken this, my CROCK POT CHICKEN ALFREDO LASAGNA is definitely worth making!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT LASAGNA:
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THE BEST CROCK POT LASAGNA
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 1 tbsp garlic, minced
- 1 (26 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 (15 oz) container small curd cottage cheese (or ricotta cheese)
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided use
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, divided use
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
- 4-6 lasagna noodles, uncooked
- Brown and crumble ground beef in a large skillet (or if your crock pot has a saute setting, use that.)
- Then add in onion and garlic and cook for additional 1-2 minutes.
- Drain excess grease from beef and put back into skillet. Pour in spaghetti sauce and water. Give it all a good stir.
- In a separate bowl, mix together cottage cheese, 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, 2 tbsp. parmesan cheese, egg, pepper and chopped parsley. (Put your remaining cheeses back in the fridge, you'll be using those as a topping later)
- Spray crock pot with no-stick cooking spray. Scoop approximately 1 cup of meat sauce into bottom of slow cooker.
- Top with one layer of uncooked lasagna noodles. Just do your best to break them up to fit into your crock pot.
- Next top with a layer of cheese mixture.
- Keep adding layers, ending with meat sauce. I was able to get 3 layers in my 5-quart slow cooker.
- Put the lid on and cook on low for 4-6 hours. You want most of the liquid to be absorbed and noodles should be soft.
- When it is finished cooking, add remaining cheeses and sprinkle with parsley.
- Put the lid back on for about 10-15 more minutes until cheese is melted.
Originally published: February 2012
Updated & republished: August 2020
Edited to add: The original post had a giveaway. That giveaway has ended.