Please tell me I’m not the only one who had no clue that lasagna could be made in a crockpot. Anyone else?
Not that it really would have mattered because I’ve only owned a crockpot for maybe a month or two. It’s my new favorite kitchen appliance! Who knew a simple crockpot could make dinner so simple? Obviously not me or I would have bought one a looong time ago.
When I heard that lasagna could be made in my new handy dandy kitchen device, I was elated. Plus to hear that you don’t even have to cook the noodles ahead of time made me even more excited. Maybe I was a bit skeptical thinking that the noodles wouldn’t turn out but guess what, they did!
I didn’t follow an exact recipe, I just made it the way that I normally do… simple but delicious!
- 1 – 1 lb. package lasagna noodles
- 1 pound ground turkey or ground beef (I prefer turkey)
- cottage cheese or ricotta cheese (I had cottage on hand so we used that.)
- 1-2 jars of spaghetti sauce (I use traditional Prego)
- mozzarella cheese
- spinach (optional)
- diced onion (optional)
Brown ground turkey or beef along with diced onion (optional). Start by spraying inside of crockpot with non-stick spray. I don’t know if it’s a necessity but I did it just in case.
Place just a tiny bit of sauce on the bottom of crockpot and spread it around. Now place a layer of noodles, breaking them as needed to fit. It doesn’t have to be pretty. Spread a layer of cottage (or ricotta) cheese, spinach, meat, a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese, sauce. Repeat over and over until the noodles are gone. We like our lasagna saucy so we used a lot more than 1 jar of sauce.
On the last layer of noodles, put a thin layer of sauce and a heavier layer of mozzarella. There you have it! Put the lid on your crockpot and set it on high for up to 4 hours. Ours was done after about 3 1/2 hours.
Your crockpot may be a different size and/or shape than mine so you may have to modify for that.
This fed eight people (3 adults, 5 kids) and we still had leftovers for 3-4 more servings.