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Slow-Cooked Lasagna Recipe

Slow-Cooked Lasagna Recipe

This traditional favorite is made super easy in a slow cooker. The finished dish even cuts well to make nice individual servings. You may need to break the lasagna noodles so they fit into the slow cooker crock. —Rebecca Goodwin, Bowling Green, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Cook: 4-1/4 hours + standing YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) herb and garlic pasta sauce
  • 4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 no-cook lasagna noodles
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in pasta sauce; heat through. In a large bowl, combine the mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • 2. Spread 1 cup meat sauce in an oval 3-qt. slow cooker. Break one lasagna noodle into three pieces. Layer 1-1/3 noodles over sauce, breaking noodles to fit as necessary. Top with 2/3 cup meat sauce and 1-1/3 cups cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining sauce.
  • 3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until noodles are tender. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover and cook 15 minutes longer. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 608 calories, 32g fat (17g saturated fat), 136mg cholesterol, 1174mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 4g fiber), 47g protein.

Reviews for Slow-Cooked Lasagna

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vasportguy User ID: 8380475 226544
Reviewed May. 18, 2015

"Great Recipe - I have an oblong slow cooker and you can't mess this up even if you use the uncooked noodles. Just go a little longer in your cooker. This is as good as any traditional lasagna I've ever made. And believe me, I've crushed tomatoes with my hands to make lasagna. I've made the noodles myself. This is a great recipe. For the sauce I actually use a sauce that has sausage in it - you get a mix of the burger or (turkey if you chose that for the browned meat), but that way you get a mix of flavors. It's fabulous. Don't pass up on the Ricotta, Parmesan, Mozzarella. You can't do it every day for sure, but you only live once. Love this recipe..."

Pepper7 User ID: 7100313 171780
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"I made this for supper a couple of months ago and was pleasantly surprised. So, I might add, was my husband who is a picky eater.He would have gone back for thirds, but I said he'd had enough (he's diabetic so have to watch his intake on carbs, etc). As to whether I'll make it again....I'm doing so this weekend, and it is in all of my recipe boxes!"

kurtopfer User ID: 6862661 145028
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"excellent recipe, took it to a football party - was a great success"

Jessica Slaymaker User ID: 3012536 184954
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2012

"Did not like this at all. Dry and not flavorful. Maybe because I used a larger crock pot? I cooked it for only 4 hours and did everything else the recipe said. Will not make again. Like the oven version better! Sorry!"

lgmarge User ID: 5411489 211043
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"I have to say I was a bit wary of this recipe but it came out excellent. It is hard to please my picky eaters but this did the trick."

DebsBirds User ID: 958206 126099
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"I modified a bit... I used Aldi's frozen Italian meatballs (thawed, warmed & cut up)... It was wonderful... My husband said it was the best Lasagna he had ever had..."

macsam1965 User ID: 4848502 117763
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2012

"This was really good and very easy to get together in the morning. Be sure and follow the recipe on the time it takes to cook. We got home later than expected and it had burned a little on top on one side. Even with that we enjoyed the recipe. This one will be added to my recipe box."

hhinkle User ID: 4314876 115399
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2012

"Very good!"

momkerr User ID: 5314562 126098
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2012

"while I have never made this recipe in particular, I have made crockpot lasagna similar to this one. anyone who knows no cook lasagna noodles knows that they are wider than normal noodles, and therefore you need less...although I usually use 12-15 regular calling the recipe or person who wrote the recipe stupid is really mother said, if you have nothing nice to say...well, you know the rest...."

fek43 User ID: 6790783 211042
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"I used this recipe or one very similar published in T of H about a year ago when cooking for my wife for a training session for quilters (yes, they were all ladies). I basically doubled this recipe and used a large oval cooker. Made a few changes in terms of meat and cheeses but it worked well and all of the ladies felt it was quite good. Would definitely use this again."

Kcnoa User ID: 6748372 184896
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"I used a half of box of the noodles and broke them up in pieces when they are cooked who will know the difference. It was easy and really good.. I also put cottage cheese in with the ricotta. It was creamy that way..."

vking User ID: 6775160 166124
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"My husband likes my homemade lasagna, so I thought I'd try this and he loves it. He's told friends that they need to try making it in a slow cooker. He's a very picky eater, and when he raves about a recipe, I keep them close at hand in a notebook."

EAW9414 User ID: 3055522 115393
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"who ever thought of putting 4 layer of noodles in a crock pot is very stupid i would

never do that in my life i would haft to use
12 lasagna noodles to make it for my family
and my friends and my hubby.that would
only serve one person."

sgproverbs356 User ID: 6542089 145027
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"This was an easy and quick recipe. It's not intended to be a dish for entertaining but worked just great for the family. It definitely needs to cook on low and for only the 4-5 hours recommended. I left mine in the crockpot for six because that was the time I had to work with and the cheese overly browned on one side but it was still tasty. I will cook this again when I am in a pinch and need something good waiting for us when we come in from a long day."

Ohio46 User ID: 6664480 211041
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"I don't think people are trying to be critical but it is very unrealistic to think four lasagna noodles will serve 6 people. I just made this last week and used nine noodles-three per layer in an oval slowcooker. Incidentally it is not necessary to use no boil noodles. Regular work fine. I add my parmesan cheese in with the ricotta or cottage cheese as well as one egg. My cooker is done in 3 hours but I am sure this varies from brand to brand so just check for noodle doneness before they get mushy."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 211040
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"[quote user="MrsCurrie"]

I give it 3 stars because one of the ingedients requires a jar of pasta sauce -- loaded with salt, as almost all prepared foods are.
Mrscurrie there are several great brands that offer a low sodium version on the market now, you're welcome to substitute one of those."

northbuck User ID: 6070020 186664
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"I agree with christyan17 ajust the recipe to your family I always make more for leftovers I use the oblong slow cooker also this is what cooking is all about."

MrsCurrie User ID: 6121278 106624
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"I give it 3 stars because one of the ingedients requires a jar of pasta sauce -- loaded with salt, as almost all prepared foods are."

christyan17 User ID: 4120478 186662
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"Actually, Eagle00072, I make crockpot lasagna for my family of 5 several times a year, and it always turns out really well. And we always have leftovers. I use an oblong 6 quart crockpot rather than the round 4 quart variety. It works perfectly. However, when I cook, I rarely follow the recipe exactly because I am an experienced cook. I know when something is going to be too much or not enough and I adjust accordingly. All in all, this recipe is a great time saver during the week since lasagna typically takes so long to cook."

Eagle00072 User ID: 1099077 101120
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"If I am going to the expense and time to make lasagna I would make a tray. Who makes a slow cooker large enough to increase the amount of this recipe? This may serve two people but certainly not six. At least not in my house."

LisaAnnKoopman User ID: 6842020 101384
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"Perfect idea. I can see how this recipe could be for a large family. Side salad and garlic bread. :-) Glad I ran into the recipe!"

shermanhenryfloyd User ID: 6379642 115391
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"Instead of "running down" this recipe, double and use a larger slow cooker to meet YOUR needs!!"

Doowop01 User ID: 6570527 101118
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"Please tell me how 4 lasagna noodles will feed 6 people? Wouldn't it be smarter and more time saving to make a larger pan of this and have some for leftovers? If I'm going to go to all the trouble of making lasagna, there will be leftovers!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.