Slow Cooker Lasagna

Slow Cooker Lasagna

This Veggie Slow Cooker Lasagna is packed with good-for-you veggies and super easy to make. Just put it in the crockpot and you’ve got dinner!

Ingredients:

  • (2) 24 ounce jars or cans of Italian tomato sauce or pasta sauce
  • 1 lb cooked lean ground beef or turkey
  • 9 thick lasagna noodles with wavy edges – gluten free or whole wheat if you can find them
  • 24 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese OR cottage cheese
  • 3-4 cups chopped vegetables of choice (I used kale but spinach or sliced zucchini are great choices)
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella or Provolone cheese
  • Parmesan cheese for topping
  • fresh parsley for topping

Directions:

  1. Spray the crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix tomato sauce with cooked ground beef.
  3. Spread 1/2 cup tomato sauce to the bottom so the noodles don’t stick.
  4. Break noodles so that they fit and mostly cover the bottom. They will probably be awkward looking – not a big deal.
  5. Cover the pasta with about one third of the ricotta, veggies, sauce, cheese, and end with noodles.
  6. Repeat layers two more times for a total of three complete layers.
  7. End with a layer of noodles on top, covered with a thin layer of sauce and a little bit more shredded cheese.
  8. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 5-6 hours.
  9. Turn the crockpot off completely and let the lasagna sit for at least one hour. This allows all the moisture to get soaked into the lasagna, and if you don’t do this it will probably be more like lasagna soup – still good, but not pretty.
  10. Depending on how long you let it sit, you can either scoop pieces out or just cut with a knife like normal lasagna.