Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna

This crock pot lasagna is possibly the easiest lasagna you will ever make. A few minutes of stovetop cooking for the meat and onions, and then into your slow cooker everything goes. Dinner will be ready when you are!

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna - 20 minutes of prep and then your crock pot does the rest!

Not to state the obvious or anything, but it’s January. Which for many of us means we are in full-on winter. No, I don’t live where it snows or gets below zero or anything, but temperatures still drop and we have our share of rainy, windy weather here.

What’s more comforting on a cold winter day than knowing your dinner is cooking away in the slow cooker, and making your house smell amazing at the same time? Not much, except maybe the fact that when dinnertime does come, the prep-work (and most of the dishes) are already done.

In January, I crave some healthy foods after all of the holiday indulging, but mostly I crave warm, comforting dinners. And lasagna is the ultimate comfort food. There’s not much better than a plate of cheesy, saucy pasta, is there?

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna - 20 minutes of prep and then your crock pot does the rest!

I absolutely love making lasagna in my slow cooker. It is so quick and easy to get dinner started, and then I don’t have to think about cooking for the rest of the day!

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna - 20 minutes of prep and then your crock pot does the rest!

To prep this Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna, you start by softening some onion and garlic on the stovetop. Then add in some meat to brown – I used lean ground turkey, and ground beef would work equally well.

Once the meat is browned, all that’s left to do is layer the ingredients in the slow cooker and start it all cooking on low heat. So easy, and cleanup is a breeze with only the one pan to wash.

Be sure to use your favorite marinara sauce in this Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna, as the flavor intensifies as the lasagna slowly cooks. We’ve enjoyed this family favorite meal twice so far this winter, and I know those times won’t be the last.

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna - 20 minutes of prep and then your crock pot does the rest!

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Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna
Recipe type: Main Dish, Slow Cooker
Serves: 8
 
This crock pot lasagna is possibly the easiest lasagna you will ever make. A few minutes of stovetop cooking for the meat and onions, and then into your slow cooker everything goes. Dinner will be ready when you are!
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.25 lbs. ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 (26 oz. each) jars your favorite marinara sauce
  • 10 lasagna noodles (uncooked)
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Fresh chopped parsley or basil, for serving, if desired
Directions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the ground beef or turkey to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned, breaking up the meat into small pieces as it cooks. Remove pan from the heat.
  2. Spread 1 cup of the marinara sauce in the bottom of the slow cooker. Make a single layer of noodles, breaking them up as needed. Top with ⅓ of the meat, ⅓ of the mozzarella, and 1 cup of the sauce. Make a second layer with noodles, half of the remaining meat, half of the remaining mozzarella, and another 1 cup of the sauce. Make a third layer with noodles, the remaining meat and mozzarella, and 1 cup of the sauce. Top with one more layer of noodles and about 1 ½ cups of sauce. (I didn't use quite the full two jars of sauce.)
  3. Cook on low heat for about 4 hours*, until noodles are soft. Turn off heat and let stand, covered, for 30 minutes before serving. Serve with grated Parmesan and fresh parsley or basil, if desired.
*Note: All slow cookers cook differently. This takes about 4 hours on low in my slow cooker, but yours may cook a little faster or slower.

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna - only 20 minutes prep and then the crock pot does the rest!


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  1. I like using my slow cooker any time of the year, but I especially love it during the winter. It’s such a nice way to prepare a comfort food meal! This lasagna looks delicious, Kristine! I can almost taste it through my screen. And your pictures are absolutely gorgeous, too. Pinned!

  2. I LOVE the slow cooker! We use it so often here! This lasagna looks delicious, and I am surprised by how nice and neat it is! When I’ve made lasagna in the slow cooker it was pretty messy

    • I think it’s the 30 minutes of rest time that makes the difference in the neatness of the lasagna. Messy or not, though, it’s still delicious!

  3. This looks amazing! I’ve never made lasagna in my slow cooker! Such a good idea. I can’t wait to try it! It is on my goals list for 2014 to master the slow cooker, because mine hates me!

  4. It is so cold today, I am tempted to bring out the slow cooker! I have always wanted to try making a lasagna in the slow cooker, and you have restored my confidence!

  5. I just love knowing my slow cooker is at home working away on my dinner while I’m out and about. And the smell when you come home is the best! I love the idea of doing a slow cooker lasagna! Perfect for these extra cold January nights.

    • Reading about the temperatures in other parts of the country right now, I feel like we are very spoiled with our California weather! Still, I love using my slow cooker on our “chilly” days. 🙂

  6. Ooo what a PERFECT looking lasagna! And I love that it’s a slow cooker version, how cool! Pinned 🙂

  7. Can we switch places please?! It was -17 here today! And girl, you photographed one mean crock pot lasagna, red sauce and noodles is hard enough and add in the crock pot and trying to get the perfect shot, well you did it! Pinning!

    • -17!?! That is literally almost 90 degrees colder than our high yesterday. I cannot even imagine! We enjoyed an unseasonably-warm day here – it’s not always that warm in January. But I cannot complain, I am so lucky with the weather where I live!

  8. Kristine, I’ve always wanted to try a recipe like this – it looks great!

  9. This is such a perfect recipe for me to make on days when I crave something comforting and delicious but don’t want to cook at all!

  10. I’ve never made lasagna in the slow-cooker before and I really don’t even know why! This looks sooo much simpler and easier than having to babysit a pan of lasagna in the oven! So trying this!

  11. I love lasagna! I love that you can make this right in the crockpot, I’m all about easy meals during the week. Pinning this!

  12. I love how easy this lasagna is to make! I can’t wait to try your recipe soon! 🙂

  13. This would be perfect for these freezing days we are having! I love how easy it is yet so comforting!

  14. I have been wanting to try lasagna in the slow cooker and will be doing so next week. Love this!

  15. Yes please!!! I adore any recipe that requires me to use my slow cooker! This is on my must make list!

  16. Oh yummmm this looks like the perfect comfort food… it’s been freezing lately and this is basically exactly what I want in my tummy 🙂

  17. I’m all about comforting meals in the winter and anything that I can make in a crock pot is a win!

  18. I’m loving this warm and cozy dinner… especially coming from the crock pot! You are so lucky not living where it isn’t snowy and cold! 🙂

    • Thanks, Gloria! I know, I am very lucky! Although it might be nice to have just a tiny bit of snow sometimes. (And really, I mean just a tiny bit!) 🙂

  19. This crock pot lasagna looks amazing! Lasagna is the perfect winter meal.

  20. This is such a simple and easy lasagna recipe, Kristine! perfect for a easy lazy winter dinner!

  21. Oh I LOVE the looks of this one, Kristine! Looks delicious, and I bet your house smells amazing!

  22. Love this! Seriously, I cannot wait to give this a try. My boyfriend is the cook in our house, but I’m trying to learn slowly and right now the crock pot is my jam! He will love this! Thank you!

  23. This was delicious and super easy. It stayed together really well when I served it even though it was very soft and cheesy. I even had a second slice when my wife wasn’t looking.

    Looking forward to leftovers today.

  24. This sounds awesome!! I’ve never tried making lasagna in the crock pot, but you make it sound so easy. I’ll have to try it because this could be SO versatile will different types of lasagna fillings!

  25. Love this! Can you use any lasagna recipe? I was wondering because my recipe calls for ricotta. I would definitely be interested in making it my slow cooker! I also have a slow cooker feature on my stove so I’m not restricted in the size of my pan or recipe.

    • I haven’t tested a recipe with ricotta in the slow cooker, but I think it would likely work just fine if you want to add some. If you give it a try, let me know how it works out!

  26. Would love to try this recipe, have you ever used whole wheat pasta and if so how was it? I try to stay away from regular pasta and eat whole wheat all the time now. Thx!

  27. What size crock pot did you use for this?

  28. I can’t wait to try this recipe! I just made some home made marinara sauce last night (doubled the recipe) and this would be a great way to finish it! I read in comments that you used whole wheat pasta (yay!). Did you use the no boil kind? Thank you!!!

  29. This was very good! I cooked it on low for about 4 hours and my noodles were a little too soft; I’ll probably try 3 1/2 next time. But extremely good!! Thanks for sharing Kristine!

  30. this recipe came out great.
    Thank you.

  31. I’m making this tomorrow and letting it cook while we are at church. Its August now and I love using my Crock pot in summertime as to keep the heat from rising in my kitchen. I know its gonna be great!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

    • That is too funny – I am making this tomorrow too! I agree, the crockpot is so convenient in summer when it’s hot outside. I hope you enjoy your lasagna!

  32. Julie Neilley says:

    I am trying this today, its such a treat to get lasagna on a 90° day in Dallas TX and not having the oven on for over 2 hrs, thank you for the confidence to try this, I can’t wait for the whole time so I’m cooking on high for the 1st hr then will finish out 3 or so more hrs on low 😀

  33. Do you think this recipe can be cut in half successfully? While I love leftovers, there are only 2 of us. Any suggestions? Thanks much!

    • This recipe isn’t one that is finicky about the ingredient amounts. If you like more or less noodles or meat, for example, you should be able to adapt the recipe to your liking. If your slow cooker is smaller, I think halving the recipe would work well! Let me know how it goes! 🙂

  34. I am definitely going to try this particular recipe. I’ve researched several, with many evidently turning out too dry and in some cases, burned. I really do love cooking in my slow cooker! The relative ease, but really? The heavenly smell the house is cloaked in! Then one gets to dine on the comfort! Bliss! Thanks for sharing the recipe! 😀

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