Crock Pot Lasagna – a delicious weeknight meal

    Posted by  ·  November 1, 2017

    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

    You will love this slow cooker lasagna. Ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses make a delicious cheese mixture that melts together for a gooey cheesy layer. This recipe is so simple you even use uncooked lasagna noodles and jared pasta sauce. You can easily substitute cottage cheese for the ricotta and ground beef for the sausage.

    4.5 from 2 votes

    Crock Pot Lasagna

    Course Main Course
    Cuisine Italian


    • 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.


            Crock pot Lasagna

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            1. 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!
            2. 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!
            3. 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.
            4. 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.
            5. 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)
            6. 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.
            7. 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.
            8. 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.
            9. 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!
            10. Sharit
              Friday, June 13th, 2014
              Sorry should've said Ricotta cheese.
            11. 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.
            12. 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.
            13. Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
              Can I put already cooked sausage in this recipe
            14. 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?
            15. 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!
            16. 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.
            17. roostersmom
              Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
              I'm making this as I type. I can't wait to get home from soccer tonight!
            18. Thursday, May 30th, 2013
              This looks awesome!! I have been dying for another crock pot recipe recently since dinnertime can get so hectic!
            19. Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
              Looks so delicious. And so easy!!
            20. 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.
            21. Suzanne
              Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
              This looks like a recipe my husband would really like!