Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipe
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 package (8 ounces) no-cook lasagna noodles
- 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1-1/2 cups (12 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1. In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the tomato sauce, water, tomato paste, salt and oregano.
- 2. Spread a fourth of the meat sauce in an ungreased 5-qt. slow cooker. Arrange a third of the noodles over sauce (break the noodles to fit if necessary). Combine cheeses; spoon a third of the mixture over noodles. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining meat sauce.
- 3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until noodles are tender. Yield: 6-8 servings.
1 serving (1 slice) equals 482 calories, 20 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 84 mg cholesterol, 1,317 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 38 g protein.
Reviews for Slow Cooker Lasagna
"After I started making this, I began to wonder why all the work just to put it in a crock pot. It did taste okay, but I think I will stick with making lasagna and then baking it in the oven."
"I like the simplicity of this recipe. However, I am a very busy Mom, so I did not make my own sauce. Rather, I used Mid's brand pasta sauce with meat and mushrooms. I then added about half a cup of water around the sides of the crock-pot. It turned out absolutely perfect and delicious! We are a family of six, and the portion size of this recipe was great also!"
"This is now my all time favorite as well as my families favorite. They said the would rather have this one than the one I had done for years.It is great and simple and it doesn't take as much time to fix as it did my oven recipe. The only change I made was I left out tomato paste and replaced with one 14.5 ounce can of Hunts no salt diced tomatoes with Basil,Garlic & Oregano. This will be my forever Lasagna. A big shout out too Lisa Micheletti from Collierville, Tennessee. I am also from Tennessee."
"This is the best slow cooker lasagna that I have tried. I have a trick that I learned. Make a ring of foil wrap around the edges of the cooker before preparing lasagna. Only the sides, not the bottom. This way there are no noodle and cheese burnt spots on the edges. It works awesome. It also makes clean-up a breeze!"
"Perfect make ahead recipe! Delicious just as written but easy to adapt for any family to make their favorite."
"This was my first time making homemade Lasagna. I t was so easy and fun! I also used a crock pot liner which made clean up a breeze.to boost the flavor I used hot ground sausage mixed with 1 packet of dry French onion soup mix and added I egg to the cheese mixture which made it easy to spread,I also used the regular lasagna noodles and turned out great, flavorful!"
"I love using my slow cooker, and this was a hit!! A keeper!"
"This is amazingly good. Easy to make just put it together and forget it type recipe. Loved it!"
"This was great. Next time I will add Italian sausage for a bit more flavor. But this is a keeper."
"Very good Lasagna. I was surprised it was done in that short amount of time, but it was. I used spaghetti sauce as suggested by other reviews and used a slow cooker liner which made it easy to remove and made cleanup a breeze. Not sure what I'm going to with all the leftovers as it's just my husband and me. I'll let it cool overnight and split it up in another 3 portions. Three more meals headed for the freezer. Thank you Lisa for the recipe."
"This was so dang good, but have to say we changed it up a bit b/c we thought it might be a bit bland for us. Added 3/4 lb hot Italian sausage, 5 mushrooms, replaced the water w/ low sodium beef broth, used tomato paste w/ basil, garlic & oregano, added 1+ tsp each dried oregano, basil & Italian seasoning, 1/8 tsp each red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper, and added 1 c Italian shredded 5 cheeses. Next time will use a crock liner to make removing it easier. Really great the next day too, lots of flavor!"
"I didn't put as much mozz. cheese in it, but my husband (the bottomless pit) ate a bowl of it and was full! Delicious!"
"When they go for seconds and thirds you know you've got a winner in my house!!"
"Tremendous! Inexpensive, easy, and quick! If you follow the directions, it turns out perfect. It doesn't need any tweaking in my opinion"
"This is really a tasty and easy lasagna recipe"
"This turned out awesome! All my oven lasagnas turn out runny. This was firm and held it's layers like it should. The flavor was great!*I forgot to buy cottage cheese so that was omitted and it was still good but, I'll be adding it in next time. I used 3/4 lbs of hamburger meat and 1/2 lbs pork sausage and added a small can of sliced olives."
"Wow! This is the best lasagna I've ever made! There were actual layers! All my oven lasagnas have been very runny. The flavor was really good!*I forgot Cottage cheese so that was vetoed from the recipe. I only had 3/4 lbs of hamburger meat so, I added about .5 lbs of Jimmie Dean all natural origanl pork sausage, and a small can on sliced black olives.I'm impressed! :)"
"I have made this several times. It is perfect. I use ricotta and cottage cheese. My family loves it."
"I used a jar of Prego chunky sauce instead of the regular tomato sauce and a can of Del Monte diced tomatos with mild chiles and topped it with Cheddar cheese"
"This is an excellent lasagna recipe. I am pretty much considered the crock pot queen of the family!!! This recipe gets an A++++++"
"5 stars with adjustmentsThis is the only way to make lasagna - I tried making lasagna the traditional way - what a pain.I've been using this recipe for several years. I use cheapy Hunts spag sauce (find it for 99 cents), sm can of tom paste and 8 oz tom sauce and add seasonings and ingredients (olives, green beans, red peppers to stretch, etc as desired). I usually make the sauce a day or two ahead. I've used up to 32 oz of cottage cheese and mixed with basil and seasonings and it was fine and different combinations of cheeses. I use an oval crockpot with no problem and if I'm in a rush, have cooked on high for 3 hours and it's perfect. Sorry so long, I can't believe I haven't reviewed before."
"This was fantastic! I will never make a traditional lasagna again!! I reduced the recipe by half and used 1/2 can spaghetti sauce and an 8oz can of tomato sauce for the sauce. I was pleasantly surprised by how much better this was in the CP."
"This was so much easier to make than my regular lasagna recipe. The pieces weren't quite as "pretty" but the taste was fantastic!"
"First time ever making lasagna. I thought the recipe was pretty good; however, I thought it was way too salty.I'll make it again but will definitely cut down on the salt. Other than that the family loved it."
"It was so easy! My son who is so picky even loved it."
"This is now my go-to recipe. I make it for special occasions, and it never fails that someone wants the recipe before they go home."
"Get rid of the cottage cheese. Super gross. Use Ricotta instead."
"I made the recipe just as directed and it turned our delicious, moist and full of flavor. I didn't have just plain Oregano, but I had the Italian Seasoning spice so I used it. My family loved the recipe and I'll certainly make it again."
"Pleasantly surprised! I used an oval crock pot. I was worried that the noodles wouldn't cook right because I had to overlap them in each layer. Turned out great. I don't see how this dish could turn out dry, there was plenty of moisture. I cooked for 5 hours. My family liked it!"
"I did not care for this at all!! Dry and not flavorful. Maybe because I used a bigger crock pot then the 3 quart?? I did everyhting else as the recipe said. Only cooked for 4 hours. I prefer the oven baked version. sorry!"
"This is easy and delicious!!...loved that it could go in the crock pot!! making it tonight for the 2nd time :)"
"Awsome,making it for the second time using regular noodles! Used spaghetti sauce with diced tomatoes,easy and tastes great!"
"Easy to assemble!! I used a jar of spaghetti sauce with the water to thin the sauce. Worked fine."
"I love so many of the recipes posted on Taste Of Home, but this is not one. I would give it a 3 on taste test, but the biggest problem is what the slow cooker does to the noodles. The noodles are so overcooked you cannot hardly tell what is sauce and what is noodle. I like a firmer noodle. I also cut the cooking time down an hour, but still no better. Did anyone else have this problem? I might try it again but cook in the oven.."
"This is delicious and I make it all the time. I use italian sausage instead of ground beef, ricotta instead of cottage cheese, and spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce, oh and a LOT more garlic than the recipe calls for, and I omit the parmesan. One thing that i've found is that it helps to use the crock pot liners when cooking this-when I don't use a liner the noodles get a little burnt around the edges but its perfect when using a liner...my husband raves about this too"
"Great tasting easy recipe. My family loved it."
"This was good but next time I think I will use spaghetti sauce instead of the tomato sauce for a little more flavor and will try ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese. It came out great, though. I thought it would fall apart when scooped out, but it didn't. Very easy. I cooked it all day and it was fine."
"Making for the second time. It was great the first time but did add more seasonings and used cottage cheese and more italian cheese blend. Used a rectangle slow cooker that works great!"
"this is a good starter recipe,as there is no taste as is. I did everything in the recipe but added 1 T. zesty italian seasoning,1 tsp. basil,1 tsp. thyme,2 tsp. pesto, mushroom's, less than a 1/4 c. each black and green olives. a good splash of white wine and balsamic vinegar. i would use regular lasagna noodles, run them under hot water to form to pan,don't boil them. as the no cook get's to mushy and looses their form. It would be great for a work pot luck,where you want to keep it warm. It makes a big batch and not recommended 4 two people as you have to keep it in the crock to keep it's form,in the refrigerator."
"My husband thought this was the best lasagna. Even better then my recipe that takes forever for me to make. I will be making this a lot!!!!"
"Very tasty with a few tweaks. Used 1/2 c. water, added 1.5 tsp dry Italian seasoning, used regular noodles (not the no-boil kind), used 7 cups Italian 5 Cheese Blend instead of the individual mozzarella and parmesan. Was a little salty but otherwise was AWESOME!!!"
"I added Italian sausage for the more meaty version, plus a teaspoon of dried basil. Also substituted ricotta for the cottage cheese at the request of my wife. Definitely the best slow cooker lasagna recipe I've found!"
"Fixed this for my family visiting on a Sunday. They all loved it!"
"I have made this recipe a couple of times this time I made it with bottled spagetti sauce and regular uncooked lazagna noodles. It was great my boyfriend loved it said it was almost as good as my scratch."
"Made this for dinner tonight. We all agreed that it's really good. Definately will make it again but will tweak it just a little w/ extra cheese and more seasoning -- Italian blend maybe. The flavor was just a little bland for us. I used regular lasagna noodles and they worked just fine. A keeper."
"for susie77....i have never like cottage cheese either, but my sister in law made us lasagna one time with cottage cheese instead of ricotta and i loved it!!! been making my lasanga that way ever since!!! i ususally make this recipe in the oven, but i think next time i will try it in the slow cooker."
"Deliciously, unbelievable!! I added mild italian sausage (as suggested by another review)! Loved it!"
"Lots of great cooks here. Thanks for the tips. Made this last night and it rocked. I used low fat everything, including turkey sausage (rinsed in hot water). I would cut down some on the liquid; even after sitting for 1/2 hr., it was a bit runny. Other than that -- five stars! (This review won't let me change to five from three.)"
"Did not care for this recipe. Lasagna was very juicy. Also to much salt. Prefer a baked version."
"wow..cooking lasagne is always a pain.but now ..no problem.."
"Did not care for I would much rather make mine in the oven ."
"Easy to get all of the ingredients together--plug it in, turn it on and forget about it for a few hours. A keeper in my book."
"Was in the process of making 60 cabbagerolls and needed the oven space for them when I came across this recipe. OMG this is fabulous. I added some green pepper pieces and zucchini I had on hand and am as I type am enjoying the slow cooked lasagna Thank you for a fabulous keeper recipe.MMMMMMMMMMMMM"
"some slow cookers like mine are oval and you can cut square''ish'' piece out"
"How do you serve it in the nice square pieces (like in the picture) when it is in the slow cooker?"
"As stated before, additional spices really make this recipe exceptional. I used ricotta with great results using same amount. Only four stars because needed just a couple modifications. Try this...wonderful and easy."
"I have made this a few times. It is easy to alter the ingredients (turkey or just vegies instead of meat, etc.). I do like to turn the cooker off and let it set for a while before cutting. Yummy and easy."
"Haven't made yet. Don't care for cottage cheese in recipes. Wonder if you could substitute ricotta instead?"
"I make a similar recipe, so I would add that you do NOT need "no cook" lasagna noodles. Regular noodles, whole wheat noodles, or even rice noodles (we are gluten free) work just fine in this or similar recipes!"
"It was so easy to make and my entire family liked it!"
"I added 1lb of italian sausage along with the ground beef so it was meater....Also added 2 cups extra moz cheese...used sweet basil instead of oregano and extra of that too...Turned out GREAT!!!!!"
"I would recommend more spice, oregano and basil"
"This is great. I've made it many times now. The only change I make is to add one or 2 extra teaspoons of oregano or Italian seasoning."
"THIS ROCKED! It was so easy to make and everyone I have made it for raves about how yummy it tastes!!!"
"I made this for the first time today and it will definitely be part of our rotation. I used 1 1/2 jars of Prego pasta sauce with mushrooms, and did half hamburger and half sausage, and tripled the garlic. I omitted the parm. cheese and used ricotta instead of cottage cheese as i didn't have any and only used 1/2 cup water and no bake noodles. I found that 3 1/2 hours on low was the perfect time...they were a little overdone at 4 hours. Next time I will use more spice and maybe spicy sausage, also i think this would be good with some mushrooms."
"great very easy, I'll never make lasagna the old fashioned way again!"
"This is great! I made it for Sunday dinner and my daughter has been requesting it constantly. I'm making it again tomorrow. It cooks while I pack for the move. The recipe is definitely going to the new house!"
"I have made this 5 times and changed the meat each time. I even used canned Spagetti Sauce once and it turned out great. My family loves it"
"I've never been able to master making lasagne. I've made this several times, and it turns out great everytime. It's so much quicker and easier than the traditional method."
"This one is a keeper!"
"I was worried about the cottage cheese (as I am not usually a big fan...) but, I followed directions exactly as written (including the cottage cheese) and it turned out perfectly! My husband says its the best lasagna he has ever had! It was very easy to make. Definitely a recipe to keep!"
"This was better than I had expected. It turned out great even with all the broken noodles I pieced together. It's just as good as oven cooked lasagna, if not better. I will definitely use this recipe a lot in the summer when I don't want to warm the house using the oven. Keeper!"
"AWESOME!!!! I did use ricotta chese in place of the cottage cheese. also I added some garlic powder, onion powder, basil, and itaian seasoning. very very good! and I do not care for most Lasagnas!! but this one I will make again and again!! a keeper for sure!!!!"
"Was great and was easy to make. Everone enjoyed it.."
"Every time I've made this recipe I've used canned sauce so I can't say whether it's better using the tomato sauce, paste and oregano but it is very good."
"I've made this a quite a few times and my family loves it! I sometimes throw on an extra layer which is nice and is something you can't do in a baking pan."
"MMmmMMmmMMmmmm.... I love coming home to this scrumptious lasagna after weekend errands. At one time, I did have some of the tomato ingredients so I substituted the sauce ingredients for a can of spaghetti sauce, and it still came out just as amazing. Good stuff!!!"
"We made with with Turkey Hamburger to cut calories...it was amazing. I love this recipe!!"
"Family favorite - fantastic and easy for the holidays!"
"This is one of my go to recipes. I add a can of green beans and olives and Italian seasoned diced tomatoes to stretch and I use a red pepper with the ground beef. I also use a crockpot liner (cleanup ease wins over possible carcinogens)."
"Easy and delicious! Who would have thought you could make lasagna in a slow cooker??? Mine was done after only 3 hours though. Definitely would make again. Leftovers warm up good. Emailing this recipe to friends and family. It is a keeper!"
"I love this receipe, so easy and tastes GREAT!!!! This is one of our family favorites!"
"I didn't use the recipe for the sauce. Instead I used 1 1/2 jars of sauce. This worked great. I used regular noodles and didn't pre-cook them, but just added the extra sauce from normal. All the teenage boys at church are begging me to bring it again."
"Easy to make. I usually add some fresh baby spinach between noodles and it is just delish!"
"very easy and good!"
"Really good. I added more oregano and 1-2 tsp. Italian seasoning as well."
"after reading the reviews i was skeptical about making this in crock pot. no soggy noodles and no sticking to pot. it turned out perfect. only cooked it for 3 hours. definitely a keeper. next time the only thing i would add is to put mozz. cheese on top maybe half hour before serving(just so it melts)"
"i have made this recipe twice and the noodles are always very soggy, even when I lessened the cooking time. the flavour is good though."
"My family absolutely loves this lasagna. Its quick and easy and satisfies everyone."
"This is easy and contains items I always have. Already made at least 3 times. Gone quickly."
"Oh my goodness! I've cooked this---a long time ago---and everyone loved it! I lost the recipe and have tried to find it for a long time! My husband just asked me the other day why I hadn't made that good lasagna in such a long time! THANK GOODNESS FOR THE INTERNET!!! And Thank You Quick Cooking!!!"
"This lasagna was fantastic! It was so easy to make. I couldn't be more pleased. I used fat free cottage cheese to lighten it up a little."
"It was the first dish gone at the potluck (I fed ~ 20)! Super easy to make. I added a few spices and put parsley on the top, it looked 5 star! Everyone was looking for seconds, planning to make it later this week!"
"I really love this recipe its one of my daughters favorites. Only thing i altered on this recipe was the cooking time. I only cooked it 3 hours instead of the recommended 4 and it did not burn in the bottom of my crock pot like it had previously when i made it and it was perfectly done."
"This has become one of my family favorites. Very easy. My family won't eat lasagna any other way."
"I was a little worried about making lasagna in a crockpot but it turned out wonderful. My children and husband loved it. No left overs. I will make this again."
"I love this recipe. I use ricotta instead of cottage cheese."
"It tasted good, but burned the bottom of my slow cooker. Make sure you spray with a vegetable oil before putting it together."
"The best thing to use are the liners,you put the liner in the crock pot,put the food into the liner and cook as directed on your recipe,NO CLEAN UP!! there great even for your crock pot cakes, just lift liner out when done, it's that easy."
"This was the best lasagna I have ever had!"
"This is one of the best Lasagna recipes I have ever tried! It turned out great and was so easy to prepare and leave to cook! It's also perfect for customizing to your own tastes."
"I've made this many times. Great!"
"This was absolutely wonderful!!! I had a bit leftover, and my son actually had it for breakfast the next morning! I will definetly be making this again, ALOT!!! Thanks."
"Was very happy with the way this lasagna tasted. This is a keeper."
"This recipe was great! It works equally well with normal (not no-cook) lasagna noodles that have been boiled for half the prescribed time."
"My family loves this recipe, as do I. It works much better than the "old fashioned way" as Sherri7 put it. I think it is a wonderful recipe. Our family would have it all the time, but that isn't a good idea. So it is an occasional thing. We love it."
"What specifically was wrong with it?"
"Will NEVER make this again. Was terrible. Stick to making lasagna the old fashioned way "in the oven" WAY better. I think lasagna is not meant to cook for 5 hours."
"No you can't use cheese in a can, and every grocery store should have to no boil noodles, i live is a small town and we have them."
"on the parmesan cheese, can it be the kind like Kraft in the tin can? Aslo, where do you find "No Cook Noodles"? Honestly I have never seen them or neither had the reason to look for them! Thanks so much for your time.Beverly_GaHave a great day!!!"
Medium-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.