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Crockpot Creations: Lasagna

August 22, 2011

I know what you’re thinking. Crockpot and lasagna — really?! I’m here to tell you, oh yes. And it’s incredible!

I was intrigued by a recipe I found for Easy Crockpot Lasagna and had to try it for the Crockpot Creations series. And let me tell you, it was delicious. Something about slow-cooking lasagna really enhances all the flavors and allows them to blend so well together.  I don’t think I’ll ever make a traditional lasagna again.

Easy Crockpot Lasagna (adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything)

1 pound ground beef

1/2 cup diced white or yellow onion

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 (24 – 26 oz.) jar of spaghetti sauce

1/2 cup water

1 (15 oz.) container of ricotta cheese

2 cups mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tsp. dried parsley

6 – 8  uncooked lasagna noodles

In a large skilled, brown the beef and onions. Add garlic. Add spaghetti sauce and water. Simmer for about five minutes. Meanwhile, mix the ricotta, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, 2 Tbsp. Parmesan and parsley in a large bowl.

Pour 1 cup of spaghetti meat sauce into a 4 to 6 quart-sized crock pot. Place half of the noodles and half of the ricotta mixture on top of the sauce. You will have to break up the noodles to get them to fit. Then cover with 2 cups of meat sauce, the remaining noodles, cheese mixture, and the remaining meat mixture.

Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours, or until noodles are soft. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover and let the cheese melt. Let the lasagna stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

This would be a great recipe to use while entertaining since the main course will already be cooking when your guests arrive. I think I’m going to make a vegetarian version of this in a few weeks, with sauteed mushrooms, zucchini, spinach and a Béchamel sauce. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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65 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2011 1:05 am

    :P…Leah…you’re awesome.

    • August 24, 2011 3:28 pm

      I need to make a good Mexican dish in that crock pot.

  2. August 22, 2011 1:13 am

    That looks yummy. Sounds like a great idea cooking lasagna in a crockpot

    • August 24, 2011 3:28 pm

      Best thing I’ve done with respect to the crockpot!

  3. August 22, 2011 1:34 am

    It looks really delicious and quite awesome.

    • August 24, 2011 3:31 pm

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Your blog is great too!

  4. August 22, 2011 2:36 am

    Ahh.. brings back memories of cooking for teenage boys. They eat everything. (then). Now I’d make it either meat or cheese or vegetable. Our family favorite is pasta with cheeseless pesto- seems to appease all dietary concerns.

    • August 24, 2011 3:32 pm

      I love pesto too. It’s funny because I could eat that thing without the meat no problem. But my husband isn’t quite there yet. I can’t wait to try the veggie one soon.

  5. August 22, 2011 4:20 am

    That looks delicious (even at 7:18 a.m.!) and I definitely will try it — just got our first crockpot this year! I will also be interested in trying the vegetarian version so let me know how that goes, too — for the vegetarians in our family!

    • August 24, 2011 3:33 pm

      I think you were the first to attempt it and I’m so glad you liked it! I want to make that veggie one real soon too.

  6. August 22, 2011 6:19 am

    I love lasagna so I can’t wait to try this! Yum!

    • August 24, 2011 3:33 pm

      Shary, you will be amazed at how easy and delicious it is!

  7. August 22, 2011 7:05 am

    One of these days I have to get myself a crockpot. This looks delicious!

    • August 24, 2011 3:33 pm

      Target has inexpensive crockpots. This would work well for you for cooking for Josh too.

  8. August 22, 2011 7:11 am

    Wow! This one is going into 10 year old Cassidy’s recipe box. She will love trying this out with me and be stoked about making it at home. Thanks, Leah!

    • August 24, 2011 3:34 pm

      Please let me know what you and Cassidy think! I’m still amazed at how good it was.

  9. August 22, 2011 7:16 am

    Wow, that looks delicious! I’m going to have to try that. I love using the crockpot and I’m not such a fan of making lasagna because it seems to be a bit of a chore. Have you ever tried stuffing in the crockpot? I made it last year for Thanksgiving and it was delicious!

    • August 24, 2011 3:34 pm

      I agree about lasagna seeming like a chore. That’s why I’ll never go back to the old way. This was so good! I would LOVE that stuffing recipe. What a great idea since it frees up an oven space too!

  10. August 22, 2011 8:28 am

    This is great Leah. I would have never believed that crockpot lasagne would work, but your pictures and your endorsement completely convince me. I love lasagna, but alas may never cook it again with my vegan family :>(

    • August 24, 2011 3:35 pm

      I’ll have to come up with a vegan version for you!

  11. August 22, 2011 8:29 am

    MY, GOODNESS, I am drooling on my computer right now!!!!

  12. August 22, 2011 9:08 am

    I have the perfect crock pot for this: 6 quarts and oblong. When the weather gets a little cooler, I will definitely try this. I want the vegetarian version, too, when you get a chance. I’m going to share this with My Pajama Days. I think she will love it. Thanks, Leah!

    • August 24, 2011 3:36 pm

      Thanks, I hope they like it! I’m hoping to make the veggie version next week and will be sure to share how it turns out.

  13. August 22, 2011 9:22 am

    Oh. My. Word! I have been craving anything marinara, and this recipe is just the ticket! I’m having friends in town for Labor Day, and I’m putting this on the menu. Thank you for sharing!

    • August 24, 2011 3:36 pm

      Well now I know why you’re craving 🙂 But seriously this was so good and EASY!

  14. August 22, 2011 9:54 am

    I’ve made this many times and it’s so delicious!

    • August 24, 2011 3:37 pm

      Isn’t it good? Glad you like it too. Thanks for visiting.

  15. August 22, 2011 9:59 am

    PS: I’d love to know where you got the code to add the Pinterest button to your blog!
    Thanks in advance!
    SW Member

  16. August 22, 2011 12:13 pm

    That sounds great! I might try it this week. The kids love spaghetti, (but I’m tiring of it) so this will be a welcome change.

    • August 24, 2011 3:37 pm

      Let me know what you think of it. It is a nice change from regular pasta. And so good!

  17. August 22, 2011 12:55 pm

    This sounds wonderful. I like crock pot creations. Simple and less mess. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  18. August 22, 2011 1:42 pm

    Ok, I must admit I was skeptical too when I saw your link, but wow, it DOES look delicious! Thank you another great recipe for the crock pot!

    • August 24, 2011 3:48 pm

      You’re welcome! I know what you mean; I was skeptical. But I swear I’ll never go back to traditional lasagna!

  19. August 22, 2011 3:02 pm

    YUM. What a great idea for a party! This is another I’m keeping for later use. Thanks, Leah. And I definitely want to know how the vegetarian version goes! By the way: I love Crockpots! Have a great flank steak recipe that is a hit in our home!

    • August 24, 2011 3:49 pm

      Yes, would LOVE the flank steak recipe. I love flank steak but sometimes have trouble cooking it. Time to turn to you and the trusty crockpot!

  20. August 22, 2011 4:16 pm

    You’re my hero!

  21. August 22, 2011 6:53 pm

    Mmm this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing– will definitely be trying this very soon. And I agree, with a vegetarian in house, I’d be interested if your veggie version works out as well.

    • August 24, 2011 3:50 pm

      The veggie reason is coming soon. Especially with the demand!

  22. August 22, 2011 7:07 pm

    Okay – this is TOO cool! I absolutely love it!

  23. August 22, 2011 7:23 pm

    Looks delish!

    • August 24, 2011 3:51 pm

      Thank you! They’d like this over at Mad Men too.

  24. August 22, 2011 8:07 pm

    Oh my, this looks so good and so easy. Wouldn’t you know this is the week my doctor told me either change my diet or take cholesterol meds. A person can never have enough food with cheese and tomato sauce.

    • August 24, 2011 3:51 pm

      Completely agree. Be sure to try this recipe before changing your diet!

  25. August 23, 2011 8:41 am

    Ohhh, I have to try this. Looks delicious!

  26. August 24, 2011 7:12 am

    I am totally making this for the next church potluck! I have a fairly large, oval crock pot, so will probably make 1/2 again as much as your recipe calls for and make it 3 layers deep. Yum!!!

    • August 24, 2011 3:52 pm

      Please let me know how yours turns out! I’m sure your church friends will love it. You’ll be the hit of the potluck.

  27. August 24, 2011 8:59 am

    This looks great! I need to try this. Guess I should steal mom’s crock pot. 🙂

    • August 24, 2011 3:52 pm

      Yep, steal away. Mom’s probably not using it, right?

  28. August 24, 2011 2:27 pm

    OMGosh that looks and sounds delish!!! Glad that I saw Ann’s tweet about ur amazing recipe!!! 🙂

  29. August 24, 2011 2:51 pm

    Leah, I took one look at your photos and swooned! Literally swooned! Be still my heart! I had no idea you could make lasagna in a crock pot! Unbelievable! And it looks so moist and delicious! I’ve wanted a crock pot since forever. Unfortunately, they are hard to come by in Europe. However, when I’m back in the States, I am so making this lasagna! 🙂

    • August 24, 2011 3:54 pm

      So glad you liked it. Yes, this one’s a must-try when you’re back in the states. Interesting that crockpots aren’t popular in Europe.

  30. August 26, 2011 1:06 pm

    Next time I make lasagna, I’m making this recipe. I’m over from comingeast, and I’m glad I’ve come!

    • August 27, 2011 10:29 pm

      And I’m so glad you came over! Let me know if you end up making this recipe. It was incredible!

  31. August 28, 2011 8:02 am

    That looks soooo yummy.

  32. September 11, 2011 3:16 pm

    I am trying Leah’s crockpot lasagna plus mushrooms and peppers with some red wine in place of the water. Smells divine! May change my approach to lasagna. Will let you know!

  33. Stephanie permalink
    June 2, 2013 7:44 am

    I want to try this, I looks amazing, but do the noodles get mushy or do they hold their texture well? And I also love provolone in my lasagna, would that matter?


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