Cheesy Crock Pot Lasagna recipe

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What could be better than an easy cheese fully loaded lasagna recipe?  How about a delicious lasagna made in the slow cooker with all of the flavor and very little work!

What could be better than an easy cheese fully loaded lasagna recipe? How about a delicious lasagna made in the slow cooker with all of the flavor and very little work!

Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipe

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Lasagna is one of those meals that everyone in my family can agree on!

Layer upon layer of seasoned tomato meat sauce, tender lasagna noodles and a rich creamy cheesy filling!

While I do love lasagna, it can be very time consuming (and dish-dirtying) when you’re making a homemade sauce, boiling noodles, browning meat and making the filling.  This extra easy recipe takes a fraction of the time, makes way less mess but has all of the delicious flavor you expect from a baked lasagna.

My favorite part of this recipe is that there is no need to pre-cook the lasagna noodles (I use regular noodles, not the no-boil variety).  Adding them to the Crock Pot raw allows them to cook in the sauce adding tons of flavor and thickening the whole lasagna mixture.

When browning the beef, I like to break it up using a chop and stir which makes a great texture and creates the perfect sauce.  Feel free to add in your own favorite seasonings to the sauce or to sneak in chopped veggies.  I often grind veggies like mushrooms and zucchini in the food processor to create a chunky sauce loaded with flavor and texture (and my kids don’t even know it’s in there). If you leave out the meat you can use shredded vegetables and create a slow cooker vegetarian lasagna.

If you have it on hand, a package of frozen chopped spinach can be defrosted, squeezed dry and added to the ricotta mixture.

To make this into a complete meal, we love to serve it with a delicious Cheesy Bread and a fresh side salad.

Like most casserole type dishes, this recipe is just as good (if not better) the next day and freezes beautifully!


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Easy Cheesy Crock-Pot Lasagna
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 20 mins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 jar pasta sauce 24 oz.
  • 15 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 8 oz Shredded Mozzarella Cheese divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese divided
  • 1 egg
  • 6 lasagna noodles uncooked
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef in large skillet; drain. Stir in pasta sauce.

  2. Mix ricotta, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella, 2 Tbsp. Parmesan, and egg.
  3. Spoon 1 cup meat sauce into slow cooker; top with layers of half each of the noodles (broken to fit) and cheese mixture.
  4. Cover with 2 cups meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles (broken to fit), cheese mixture and meat sauce.

  5. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until liquid is absorbed.

  6. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; let stand, covered, 10 min. or until melted.

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