Crockpot Lasagna

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This crockpot lasagna will have your heart at first bite. With layers of meaty tomato sauce, al dente lasagna noodles, and gooey 3-cheese goodness, this weeknight meal captures all that’s good about a classic lasagna—but it’s done in a crockpot!

If you love crockpot recipes, you’ll want to check out my Crock Pot Pork Loin, this tasty Slow Cooker Turkey Chili, and my Slow Cooker Italian Beef recipe. They’re just as simple and delicious, perfect for your collection of easy meals.

Cooked lasagna in a slow cooker insert.


 

Lasagna and crockpots. Two things I associate with comfort food. What if I told you that you could make lasagna in a crockpot? That’s right. No more waiting around by the oven. Just press a couple of buttons and walk away. Dinner will be ready in a few hours. This heartwarming crockpot lasagna is prepared with homemade tomato meat sauce, lasagna noodles, and a creamy, cheesy ricotta-mozzarella-parmesan filling all layered together just like a classic lasagna, and man, does it hit the spot!

Why I Love This Crockpot Lasagna Recipe

Wondering why you should ditch your classic lasagna recipe and try this crockpot version instead? Read on!

  • Set it and forget it. This is a great, easy meal to throw in the crockpot, press some buttons, and walk away from. Come dinner time, it’ll be ready to go.
  • Big flavors. The seasoned, rich tomato sauce loaded with ground beef and seasoned Italian sausage simmers for 30 minutes. It then gets a bit over 3 hours in the crockpot to develop wonderfully big, bold, savory flavors. Low and slow certainly pays off here.
  • Three cheese masterpieces. The layers of cheesy goodness in this lasagna are made from a classic combo of creamy, fresh ricotta, melty mozzarella, and parmesan with just a little bit of bite. It’s the perfect combination of flavors.
Labeled ingredients for crockpot lasagna.

What You’ll Need

Gather your ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need to turn this crockpot lasagna recipe into a mouthwatering reality.

For the meat sauce

  • Olive oil – For sauteing the veggies and meat. Any neutral cooking oil will work.
  • Yellow onion – White onion, red onion, or even shallots would also do the trick.
  • Ground beef – I used 80/20 but a leaner ground beef would also work. So would ground turkey, chicken, or pork.
  • Ground Italian sausage – I used sweet Italian sausage, and if you like a little spice, go with a spicy variety.
  • Seasoning – Salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder.
  • White wine – I use a sauvignon blanc but a pinto grigio or any other dryer white wine will work.
  • Canned tomato products – Tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste.
  • Italian seasoning – A classic, but you could always use your favorite blend of seasonings such as dried basil, thyme, and rosemary.

For the cheesy layer

  • Cheeses – Whole milk ricotta, shredded mozzarella, and shredded parmesan.
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh basil – You can use dried basil in a pinch.
  • Lasagna noodles – Use classic noodles, not the oven-ready ones.
  • Fresh parsley

How To Make Crockpot Lasagna

Here comes a quick rundown of how to make this recipe for lasagna in a crockpot. You’ll find precise measurements and directions in the recipe card below.

  • Saute the onion. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent.
  • Brown the meat. Add the ground beef and Italian sausage to the skillet along with the seasoning, and cook until browned and cooed through, crumbling it as you go.
  • Deglaze. Add the wine and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Make it sauce. Stir the tomato products and bring everything to a boil. Turn the heat to low, stir in the Italian seasoning, and cook for 30 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Make the cheesy layer. Whisk together the ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, 1 cup parmesan, olive oil, and fresh basil.
  • Prepare the crock pot. Grease the basin of the crockpot liberally with butter or olive oil.
  • Assemble. Coat the bottom of the crockpot with sauce. Add a layer of noodles followed by a layer of the ricotta mixture. Repeat until you are out of ingredients. Sprinkle the remaining cheese.
  • Cook. Cook on high for 3 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Serve. Serve warm garnished with fresh chopped parsley.
Holding up a square of lasagna.

Recipe Tips & Variations

  • Don’t crowd the pan. When browning the beef and sausage, don’t crowd the pan because the meat won’t caramelize properly. Brown in batches if needed.
  • Deglaze the pan. When you pour the wine into the pan and then let the alcohol cook off, stir occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pan, dislodging any brown bits left behind by the meat.
  • Break up the noodles. The lasagna noodles likely won’t fit perfectly in the crockpot so don’t be afraid to break them up a bit.
  • Cooking time. Many crockpot recipes will give you the option to cook on high for a shorter period of time or on low for a longer period of time. In this case, I really only recommend cooking on high for 3 1/2 hours. Attempting to cook this lasagna on low for double the time will result in a soggy mess.
  • Protein swap. I used a combo of ground beef and Italian sausage. You are more than welcome to use just ground beef or just Italian sausage. You could also swap one or both out for ground turkey, chicken, pork, or even Impossible Meat.
  • Pesto pizazz. Consider adding several dollops of pesto to each layer as you assemble the lasagna for a fun flavor surprise.
  • Veggie-licious. Add extra veggies to the lasagna and mix in some sauteed mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, or bell pepper into the sauce. You could even stir a handful of baby spinach in when the sauce is almost done simmering.

Serving Ideas

My favorite way to serve slow cooker lasagna is with a light salad and crusty bread.

A fork cutting into a piece of lasagna.

Proper Storage

  • To store. Once the lasagna has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to an airtight container. You can store it in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat. Allow the leftovers to thaw in the fridge (if frozen) before transferring them to a baking dish. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350°F. Otherwise, microwave individual portions in 30-second intervals until heated through.

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Crockpot Lasagna

This easy crockpot lasagna is sure to win your heart. Layers of meaty tomato sauce, al dente lasagna noodles, and gooey 3-cheese goodness, this easy weeknight meal is one for the books.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

For the meat sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion,, diced
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ cup dry white wine
  • 15 ounces canned tomato sauce
  • 15 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
  • tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper,, to taste

For the cheesy layer

  • 16 ounces whole milk ricotta
  • cup shredded mozzarella cheese,, divided
  • cup shredded parmesan cheese,, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  • ½ pound regular lasagna noodles
  • chopped fresh parsley,, for garnish
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Instructions 

  • Saute the onion. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent.
  • Brown the meat. Add the ground beef and Italian sausage to the skillet. Break the meat apart with a spatula and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook the meat until browned and cooked through, breaking it apart as you go.
  • Deglaze. Pour the white wine into the saucepan and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, knocking brown bits off of the bottom of the pan and into the sauce.
  • Make it sauce. Stir the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste into the meat mixture and bring everything to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, stir in the Italian seasoning, and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Season. Taste the sauce and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  • Make the cheesy filling. Whisk together the ricotta, 1 cup of mozzarella, 1 cup of parmesan, olive oil, and fresh basil.
  • Prepare the crock pot. Grease the basin of the crockpot liberally with butter or olive oil.
  • Assemble the lasagna. Ladle enough sauce into the crockpot to coat the bottom. Add a layer of lasagna noodles (you will need to break them up so as to fit). Spread some of the ricotta mixture over the top of the noodles. Repeat until you are out of ingredients (you want to end with a layer of sauce on top). Sprinkle the top of the lasagna with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan.
  • Cook. Cook on high for 3 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Serve. Serve warm garnished with fresh chopped parsley.

Nutrition

Serving: 10ounces | Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1303mg | Potassium: 745mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1005IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 446mg | Iron: 3mg

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4 Comments

  1. Tania says:

    This is probably a dumb question, but should you remove the meat from the pan before you deglaze it, and then return it?

    1. Katerina says:

      Hi!
      It’s not dumb at all! Sometimes, recipes require you to remove the ground beef. Other times, no. This is one of those times when you will want to keep the ground beef in the skillet. 🙂

  2. Ian says:

    I have purchased all the things I need to make this

    1. Katerina says:

      That’s exciting! You’re all set to start cooking. I hope you enjoy making and eating it! Thank YOU! 🙂