Crockpot Lasagna

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings

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This Crockpot Lasagna is made with just SIX ingredients and no precooking the noodles! An easy crockpot meal you can set and forget. Includes step by step recipe video down below.

overhead image of crockpot lasagna in white slow cooker

This Crockpot Lasagna is one of those recipes that I didn’t actually expect to be as good as I hoped it would be, and we were blown away by the results!

With just 6 ingredients (what?!) and a few hours in the slow cooker, it is the perfect weeknight meal or Sunday dinner.

I wasn’t sure how lasagna noodles would do in the slow cooker for several hours.

Normally when I make pasta in the crockpot (like this Crockpot Chicken and Noodles or this Crock Pot Mac and Cheese), I add the pasta just for the last 15 or 20 minutes so they are not overcooked.

But since lasagna noodles are larger and they are stacked, this recipe comes together perfectly in just 3 or 4 hours — no mushy noodles, just big flavor.

close up image of whole lasagna in crockpot

And, yes, I’ve stuck with the basics because this Lasagna is part of my Six Ingredient Suppers series, but I’ve included tons of additions and ways to make it your own down below.

But it is incredibly delicious and comforting just the way it is πŸ˜‰

Variations and substitutions for Crockpot Lasagna:

If you’ve been around here before, you know I believe in making things your own and try to include helpful tips on ways to make most recipes just the way you like them.

Obviously, I haven’t tested all of these substitutions but I do cook all day, every day so I’ve learned a thing or two πŸ˜‰

Can I swap out the Italian sausage?

The Italian sausage is responsible for a lot of the flavor in this Crockpot Lasagna, since I kept it to 6 ingredients.

You can substitute the Italian sausage for turkey sausage (for a lighter recipe), or ground beef, chicken or turkey.

If you opt for unseasoned ground meat, you will want to add additional seasoning when you are browning it.

Can I use oven ready lasagna noodles?

I haven’t tested this recipe with oven ready noodles, so I can’t make any promises.

My best guess is that it would work fine, but you may want to check the lasagna for doneness a little sooner.

slice of lasagna being lifted out of crockpot

Can I add ricotta, cottage cheese or beschamel?

Absolutely!

I make my classic Easy Lasagna Recipe with a layer of Ricotta cheese, but I know many others love cottage cheese or beschamel.

However you love to make your regular oven baked lasagna, you can do the same here.

Simply whip up your favorite addition (see my Easy Lasagna Recipe above for a ricotta mixture recipe), and spread it in the layers as you normally would.

Can I add extra vegetables?

Definitely!

There are lots of ways to add extra vegetables here.

Feel free to stir some shredded or finely chopped vegetables into the sausage as it browns, or stir in some chopped spinach just before layering.

piece of slow cooker lasagna on white plate

Tips for making the best Slow Cooker Lasagna:

  • Lightly grease your crockpot: we don’t want any of that deliciousness to stick!
  • Cook on low: I really try to avoid using my crockpot on high unless I have to. Because the outer edges will already cook more quickly on low, I avoid using high because it may cause your edges to burn before the inside is cooked through.
  • Don’t stress over perfect layers: you will have to break your noodles to fit, and it won’t be perfect. Don’t worry! It’s okay if they overlap a bit, or they don’t cover completely. As the noodles cook, they will expand and cover and mishaps πŸ˜‰
  • Broil, if you want to: I know there are a lot of you out there who love a good crispy browned cheese crust. Most slow cooker crocks are oven safe, so you can broil the cheese for a few minutes before serving if desired (but be sure to check first!).

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Crockpot Lasagna

5 from 58 votes
This Crockpot Lasagna is made with just SIX ingredients and no precooking the noodles! An easy crockpot meal you can set and forget.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 6 servings
Calories 570cal

Ingredients

  • 375 grams Italian sausage (mild or spicy, .75lb)
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato pasta sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 9 lasagna noodles (not oven ready)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • In a medium skillet over medium high heat, cook Italian sausage and onion until completely browned.
  • Stir in pasta sauce and salt.
  • Lightly grease a 2.5-4 quart slow cooker (not the deep round kind, but an oval one with more surface area).
  • Spread a little bit of sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker to prevent sticking.
  • Place 3 lasagna noodles in the bottom of the slow cooker, breaking to fit (save any broken pieces to fill in gaps later). Spread with ⅓ sauce, and top with ⅓ mozzarella and ⅓ Parmesan.
  • Repeat layers two more times.
  • Put the lid on and cook on low for 2.5-3 hours, until noodles are softened.
  • Turn the slow cooker off and allow to sit for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 570cal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 1517mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 803IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 365mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords crockpot lasagna, slow cooker lasagna

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  1. Nancy Keene says

    Just made this for my supper and it is delicious! It didn’t scoop out as pretty as your picture, but it made up for it in flavor!

  2. Amber says

    This is delicious! One of our favorite meals. I want to make it for family. Have you ever tried doubling this recipe in a larger crockpot? If any suggestions on cool time?

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Amber! I have not tried doubling the recipe before so can’t give any specific recommendations on the cook time. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to know how it goes!

  3. Scott says

    I am a noob at cooking. At 70 I decided I wanted to learn to cook so we would not starve while my wife recovers from hip replacement surgery. My goal was to make lasagna that is better than the store bought frozen stuff. I exceeded my goal! My wife gives this lasagna 5 stars and so do I. It is so beautiful and tasty and it is hard to believe I made it myself.

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