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Slow Cooker Lasagna

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Slow Cooker Lasagna
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Lasagna in a slow cooker? You bet! This easy, all-inclusive dish ensures you won't be tied to the kitchen while dinner's cooking! Keep this tasty Italian favorite in mind for anytime you're too busy to cook, but still want to serve a homemade meal.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (26-ounce) jar tomato-and-basil pasta sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 8 lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

What to Do

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef, sausage, and onion, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.
  2. In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, pepper, and garlic. In another bowl, combine pasta sauce and water.
  3. Coat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Arrange 4 uncooked noodles in slow cooker, breaking noodles as necessary to fit. Spoon half the meat mixture over noodles; top with half the sauce mixture and half the mushrooms. Spread ricotta mixture over mushrooms, and sprinkle with 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese. Layer remaining noodles, beef mixture, sauce, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW setting 4 hours, or until noodles are done. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


  • Just serve this with a nice, crispy Caesar salad, and you have what we'd call a perfect meal!
  • Most slow cooker recipes are very forgiving if allowed to cook beyond the time specified in the recipe. However, a lasagna recipe is an exception-don't let this dish cook longer than 4 hours or the noodles and cheese may begin to scorch.

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This is a great version of lasagna for someone who is new to cooking, or that just doesn't have the time to spend in the kitchen. Traditional lasagna takes a lot more time, steps, and dirties more dishes. This one might not be as pretty as what you are used to, but all the great flavors are still there. I don't mind the broken noodles.

I omitted the Hot Italian sausage + added an extra 1/2 ib. Ground Beef. It was very delicious.

Everyone in my house loved this.

Delicious. My husband says to make it anytime.

First, I grilled a diced onion, added pepperoni minis instead of sausage and then the hamburger. Next, I added Prego sauce and spices. Then, proceeded with the rest of the recipe as it says. IT WAS DELICIOUS! Note: After the noodles are done, do not leave lasagna on in crock pot. The noodles will harden around edges.

I have cooked this slow cooker lasagna twice and it is so good!

made this the other day and it turned out very very good....did not make a whole box of noodles because there is only 2 of us....but it turned out great with only 2 1/2 hours of cooking time...will definately make again,,

gramgramp6005027, I was wonder if you could tell me how much you used of all the ingredients in this receipe, there is only two of us and I am tired of left overs. thank you

This is great. I left out the mushrooms, hubby doesn't like them, but added fresh garlic, parsley and some lipton onion soup. A salad and garlic bread made it an amazing meal.

BLAND??? Made this last night for supper - all I changed was to add fresh minced garlic in place of the garlic powder, some chopped fresh basil and parsley. Served with garlic bread and a salad - Wonderful and very flavorful!!!

Was very blaned tasting will not waste my time an money on this one again

Are you sure you used the hot Italian sausage? This recipe has become a family favorite of ours and we all like spicy food. Sometimes I use spinach instead of the mushrooms to change it a bit.

try adding some salsa to it, crushed red peppers, chili powder,or maybe some taco sauce. thatshould spice it up

Don't know what you are used to eating, but there is nothing bland about this dish! Perhaps you omitted all but the noodles!


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