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Crock Pot Lasagna

I have really been avoiding this recipe because I was so scared that the noodles would be mushy or hard. But my oven hasn’t been getting hot enough and I really wanted to make lasagna for dinner. So I thought it was time to try it in the crock pot.

I’m mad I didn’t try this sooner. It was so easy and very delicious!

Crock Pot Lasagna

Serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • ½ box of Lasagna noodles (I used regular noodles)
  • 6 cups of your favorite sauce + Extra
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • 3-4 cups of mozzarella cheese (your taste)
  • Parmesan cheese to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste.

Optional – Ground beef and sausage

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl mix the ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Spray the bottom of a large crock pot.
  3. Spoon a layer of sauce on the bottom. (If you want to add sausage or ground beef – make sure you cook them before you add them to your sauce. )
  4. Add noodles to cover the bottom – break them as necessary.
  5. Layer with Ricotta cheese mixture and then a couple of handfuls of mozzarella cheese.
  6. Repeat sauce, noodles, ricotta cheese mixture, mozzarella cheese until you run out. I did 3 layers. *Make sure you only fill your crock pot ¾ full. The noodle will expand.
  7. Top off with a little mozzarella cheese.
  8. Cook on low for 3 hours until noodles are done.
  9. Serve with extra sauce and enjoy!

lasagna collage

While this doesn’t save much time by making it in the crock pot, it does have its benefits. It is much easier for me to prepare dinner while my kids are eating lunch. So I don’t have to stress at dinner time to get something thrown together. This also helps if you are “mom taxi” during the time you would be preparing dinner.

I can have the mess cleaned up before dinner. We only have dinner plates and cups to clean when we are done eating.
In the warmer months, it is much better to cook in your crock pot instead of heating up your whole house by using the oven.

Tips:

  • I quickly made my own sauce with diced onions, garlic cloves, and fresh basil. I sautéed them for a few minutes and added 6 cups of whole tomatoes that I had pureed in the blender. You don’t have to worry about sautéing for very long since it will cook in the crock pot.
  • Make sure you don’t over-fill the crock pot. It should just be ¾ of the way full.
  • I use a very large crock pot. You could cut the recipe in half if you have a smaller crock pot. Make sure you test it after 3 hours because crock pot cooking times can vary by size.
  • The noodles don’t have to be pretty inside the crock pot. Just fill in the spaces with odd shaped pieces.

So what do you think – will you be trying out Crock Pot Lasagna anytime soon?

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