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Crock Pot Lasagna – a delicious weeknight meal

Posted by  ·  September 4, 2018  ·  Last Updated: June 4, 2019

This crock pot lasagna recipe is perfect to quickly put together so dinner is ready when you get home! I love that!

Here are some more of my favorite crock pot recipes. The Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is always a hit.  I also love a quick dinner that can be made in a skillet! These skillet recipes make for an easy dinner.

Crock Pot Lasagna

crock pot lasagna

Slow Cooker Lasagna Ingredients

  • Sausage
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Parsley
  • Lasagna noodles
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

You will love this slow cooker lasagna. Layers of noodles and meat sauce and a cheese mixture that melts together for a gooey cheesy layer. This recipe is so simple you even use uncooked lasagna noodles and jarred pasta sauce.

This is a recipe that you can change up to meet your taste. You can easily substitute cottage cheese for the ricotta and ground beef for the Italian sausage. Make it gluten free by using gluten free noodles.

Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe

4.75 from 4 votes

Crock Pot Lasagna

Delicious fix and forget it dinner. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword crock pot, pasta, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 1063 kcal
Author Cindy Hopper


  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 jars each 24 oz. spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lb. whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley optional
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 18 ruffle-edged lasagna noodles not no-boil noodles, 1 box
  • 1 1/2 lb. mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Brown sausage breaking up any large chunks, until the meat is browned,  about 10 to 12 minutes. Add the spaghetti sauce and water and bring to a simmer.

    In another bowl, stir together the ricotta, parsley, salt and pepper. Set aside.

      Spray inside of crock pot with cooking spray.  Spread a thin layer of the sauce on the bottom of the slow-cooker. Cover the sauce with a single layer of uncooked lasagna noodles (about 3), breaking the noodles as needed to fit. Spread about 1/3 cup of the ricotta mixture over the noodles. Top with about 2 cups of the sauce, then sprinkle with about 1 cup of the mozzarella and 1/4 cup of the Parmigiano-Reggiano. Repeat the layers 4 more times.

        Cover and cook on low according to the manufacturer’s instructions until the noodles are tender and cooked through, about 4 hours.

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          Nutrition Facts
          Crock Pot Lasagna
          Amount Per Serving
          Calories 1063 Calories from Fat 549
          % Daily Value*
          Total Fat 61g 94%
          Saturated Fat 30g 150%
          Cholesterol 189mg 63%
          Sodium 1402mg 58%
          Potassium 551mg 16%
          Total Carbohydrates 68g 23%
          Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
          Sugars 3g
          Protein 57g 114%
          Vitamin A 25%
          Vitamin C 4%
          Calcium 81.1%
          Iron 16.1%
          * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


          crock pot lasagna on a plate

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          What is your favorite go-to crockpot meal?

          Filed Under: Main Courses

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          1. Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
            This would be the perfect meal for the whole family...my youngest isn't down with the spice yet...but the rest of us like it in varying degrees...this would be the dish that everybody could eat!
          2. jam T
            Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
            Is it possible to add a video tutorial... it would help a newbie like me to perfect it.... :)
            • Cindy
              Saturday, November 4th, 2017
              I will work on a video!
          3. Tara
            Sunday, November 9th, 2014
            We just tried this and it was delicious!! I will make this again!
            • Cindy
              Monday, October 16th, 2017
              Thanks Tara! So happy you liked it!
          4. Lori M.
            Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
            I'm not a big crock pot user but this recipe sounded interesting and I wanted to pass this one on to my sons. When you brown the sausage, I gather you need to remove the grease. I know I would but just wanted to double check.
            • Cindy
              Monday, October 16th, 2017
              Lori, yes I always drain the sausage.
          5. Patty
            Friday, June 27th, 2014
            Sorry - I totally missed that because I knew I wasn't adding the sausage.
            I fixed it without sausage and without the water and it was fine.
          6. Janet K.
            Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
            @ Patty: It says 2 cups water. After the sausage is browned, the spaghetti sauces and water are added. (very small sentences under ingredients)
          7. Vicky
            Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
            This is such a great idea . I use my slow cooker all the time . I would use fresh lasagna sheets rather than the dried one . It would work just the same.
          8. Monique
            Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
            When are the 2 cups of water added?
            • Cindy
              Monday, October 16th, 2017
              Add the water when you add the spaghetti sauce.
          9. Patty
            Saturday, June 21st, 2014
            4 cups of water is listed in the ingredients - but I don't see where it's used - when are the 4 cups water used?
            • Cindy
              Monday, October 16th, 2017
              Hi Patty, it is 2 cups of water and add it when you add the pasta sauce.
          10. Jenni P
            Thursday, June 19th, 2014
            This is such a simple looking meal! Wish I had paid attention to these beforehand, would have saved me some over-heating the kitchen!
          11. Sharit
            Friday, June 13th, 2014
            Sorry should've said Ricotta cheese.
          12. Sharit
            Friday, June 13th, 2014
            Am I just confused? The cheese layers in the instructions don't add up to the quantities in the ingredients?
            • Cindy
              Monday, October 16th, 2017
              Sharit, you are dividing the cheese mixture (ricotta, mozzarella, salt, pepper) between the layers. It doesn't have to be exact. Hope this helps.
          13. Donna Winter
            Monday, February 10th, 2014
            I made a very similar recipe to this last night. Only needed one jar of sauce to 3 layers of noodles. You really have to cook on low, high does not cook the noodles correctly. Also, I used a 6 quart oblong crockpot and it was done in 2 1/2-3 hours. Julie, I think 4 hours on warm would be a bad idea. Too long at too low of a temp for the meat and probably would dry it out or overcook.
          14. Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
            Can I put already cooked sausage in this recipe
            • Cindy
              Saturday, August 25th, 2018
              Yes, Shelley!
          15. Julie
            Monday, June 24th, 2013
            Is ther a way to do 8 hours while I am at work? Will it dry out if it is 4 hours then 4 hours on warm until I get home?
          16. Shautel
            Monday, June 17th, 2013
            You think this would still work if I used the liner bags in my crockpot?
            • Cindy
              Monday, October 16th, 2017
              Yes, Shautel!
          17. francesca
            Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
            4 hours hi or low?
            • Thursday, June 13th, 2013
              Hi Francesca, I did low. You can always turn it up at the end if you feel you need to.
          18. roostersmom
            Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
            I'm making this as I type. I can't wait to get home from soccer tonight!
          19. Thursday, May 30th, 2013
            This looks awesome!! I have been dying for another crock pot recipe recently since dinnertime can get so hectic!
          20. Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
            Looks so delicious. And so easy!!
          21. Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
            My son loves lasagna! Preparing it in the crock pot would be a win for both of us. Thanks for a simpler recipe.
          22. Suzanne
            Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
            This looks like a recipe my husband would really like!