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Crock Pot Lasagna

Crock Pot Lasagna means no need for an oven! Lasagna noodles, meat sauce, and cheese made all in the slow cooker. A classic pasta dish ready anytime!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword crockpot, dinner, easy dinner, lasanga, slow cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 8
Author Kasey Schwartz

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1  teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 12 ounce package lasagna noodles
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic until brown. Add salt and pepper and stir until well incorporated. Drain excess grease and return to skillet.
  • Add in spaghetti sauce and mix well - cooking for 2 minutes more then remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl mix together the cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, and grated Parmesan cheese along with the egg.
  • Spray your crock pot with no-stick cooking spray and add a little bit of the spaghetti sauce to the bottom of the crock.
  • Begin layering your ingredients starting with lasagna noodles, meat mixture, and cheese. Repeat until all of your ingredients are gone - ending with meat sauce and cheese on top.
  • Add the lid on and cook on low for 4-5 hours.

Notes

  • Spray the crock prior to adding the ingredients. This will make it easier to remove the dish when it comes time for serving and make clean up less stressful.
  • Don't bother with "oven-ready" noodles. The regular lasagna noodles hold up better to longer cooking. These noodles go in dry and will be the perfect al dente texture when you are ready to eat it.
  • Don't worry if the noodles do not completely cover the sauce, meat, and cheese. They will expand as they cook.
  • Reserve extra sauce for the top and bottom of the lasagna. You will be adding the meat and vegetable mixture to the sauce, but save about a cup of plain sauce to line the bottom of the crock and to add to the final layer for added moisture.
  • Let the lasagna rest for 30 minutes before serving. It will make cutting and removing the casserole way easier.
  • If you are in a hurry, you can cook this on high for three hours.