This Crockpot Lasagna is a total game-changer when it comes to making a low effort dinner. With working a full time job and building my digital brand I don’t have all of the leisure time that I used to. Good thing being home with four kids for the last decade has taught me to manage my time well.
I initially found this cooking method when I was homeschooling my three elementary students and one middle schooler. I needed to get delicious dinners on the table with the least amount of effort. I was a homemaker, wife, mom and teacher so I had a lot going on. To be a good steward over my time, I tried this recipe and it’s been one of my time saving dinners and pot-luck go-to’s.
- Lasagna Noodles
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Pasta Sauce
- Fresh or Frozen Spinach (optional)
- Ricotta Cheese
- 1 lb. Ground beef, turkey or Italian sausage (cooked)
- Parmesan Cheese
- Coat the bottom of the crockpot with pasta sauce. In a bowl, mix the cooked ground meat with on jar of pasta sauce.
- Cover the bottom of the crockpot with lasagne noodles. You will have to break them into pieces and overlap in some areas.
- Cover the lasagna with meat and pasta sauce. Now sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and drop a few dollops of ricotta over the mozzarella.
- Repeat the process until your lasagna is 1 to 2 inches from the rim of the crockpot. Make sure you last layer is mozzarella cheese.
- Add a few tablespoons or water around the sides of the lasagna to ensure the noddles don't get dried put.
- Your crockpot lasagna can cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. The lasagna may be soft at first but firms up the longer you cook it. If it's too soft to cut and lift from the crockpot, cook for a little longer. Letting the lasagna cool to an eatable temperature will also allow the cheeses to firm up as well.
The cooking method is very similar to the casserole cooking method, with a few tweaks of the noodles because of the shape. To make this recipe, you’ll have to fore-go neat rows of straight lasagna noodles in place of pieces broken to fit your crockpot. At first that didn’t sit well with me, but when it was cooked, I didn’t even notice the shape of the lasagna noodles.
The crockpot version is way too similar to the result I get from cooking it the traditional way for me not to include it in my meal planning rotation. If you try this recipe, leave a comment and let me know how you like it.