Lasagna just got so much easier with this Slow Cooker Lasagna! Layer everything in the crockpot–even UN-COOKED noodles!

Slow Cooker Lasagna is the BEST and easiest way to make delicious homemade lasagna!

Want to hear something sad? My Dad and oldest brother don’t eat cheese!  They wont touch it. No cheddar, no mozzarella, no parmesan…nothing! How can you live a life without cheese??!

That means that Lasagna, one of the most delicious meals of all time, was a rare specialty at our house.  Whenever my mom would make it, (usually when Dad was out of town) the rest of us would be SO excited! It was gobbled up in minutes!

She’d typically make this Classic Italian Lasagna recipe. It’s a totally authentic lasagna that uses a simple béchamel white sauce instead of ricotta cheese or cottage cheese. It’s amazing, but takes a little bit of prep and work.

Now that I have a family of my own I’m always looking for ways easy meals or meals I can prep in advance or throw in my crock pot.

This slow cooker lasagna is a WINNER!  All of the time consuming parts of lasagna–the many dishes and all the prep, are taken away.

I love that this recipe doesn’t even require you to cook the lasagna noodles before hand. You can use regular lasagna noodles, and then just layer the sauce, noodles and cheese.  Lasagna takes about about 4-5 hours to cook on low.  If you are really in a rush, you could could slow cooker lasagna on high and it would be done in about half the time!

Who knew you could make delicious homemade lasagna in the crock pot.

Process for making slow cooker lasagna including layering uncooked noodles, pasta sauce and white sauce into the crock pot.

 

How to make Slow Cooker Lasagna:

Prepare the red sauce, first. I make my mom’s awesome homemade spaghetti sauce for the sauce, but you could use any bottled marinara sauce you like.

Add a little sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker.

Top with a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles. Break them if necessary, to make a single layer.

Spread some of the white cheese sauce mixture over the top.

Repeat for two more layers, ending with red sauce. Sprinkle more cheese all over the top.

Cover and cook on LOW in the slow cooker for 4-5 hours or until the noodles are tender.

A slice of slow cooker lasagna being lifted from the crock pot.

 

TIP: Use slow cooker liners to make clean-up a breeze!

 

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Recipe

A slice of slow cooker lasagna being lifted from the crock pot.
Prep 25 mins
Cook 4 hrs
Total 4 hrs 10 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage (I use hot)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion , chopped*
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauces
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 29 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 8 ounces lasagna noodles , uncooked
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet over medium heat brown the ground beef, Italian sausage and onion. 
  • Add salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, tomato sauce, sugar, and water. Stir and simmer 15-20 minutes. (You could make the sauce in advance!)
  • Spread a fourth of the meat sauce into the bottom of your slow cooker. Arrange a third of the noodles over the sauce (break the noodles to fit, if necessary). 
  • Combine the mozzarella, cottage cheese and parmesan cheese; spoon a third of the mixture over noodles. Repeat layers twice. 
  • Top with remaining meat sauce and sprinkle with extra mozzarella cheese, if desired.
  • Cover and cook on low for about 4-5 hours or until noodles are tender.

Notes

*You could substitute 1-2 Tbsp dried minced onion
UPDATE: 3/8/16:  After comments that the lasagna was a little too runny I reduced the water to 1 ¼ cups in the recipe!

Nutrition

Calories: 662kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 39gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 2304mgPotassium: 1071mgFiber: 4gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 1540IUVitamin C: 17.9mgCalcium: 501mgIron: 4.3mg

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I first shared this recipe February 2015. Updated March 2018. 

 

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  1. Would this work with GLUTEN FREE noodles you think? I typically do lasagna in the oven and cook the gluten free noodles, but would love a recipe that my teen daughter can do independently without any issues. She has celiac disease and we are always looking for recipes she can learn to do when she moves out. Thanks for sharing and any input.

  2. Accidently bought cream cheese instead of cottage cheese, luckily I had enough cottage cheese on hand. I’ve made many mistakes in my life, this may have been the most delicious one ever!!! lol

    Also added minced mushrooms and spinach to the meat sauce mixture!

  3. 5 stars
    Tho I can’t speak for myself bc I am vegan my family did like it and ask for seconds so that’s a win… I left out the sausage and did…

    Ground beef, onion and lots of garlic
    Added whole tomatoes over canned
    Free handed thyme, oregano, Italian seasoning and 2 bay leafs with extra dry garlic salt and pepper
    Added zuchinni and celery
    And used jalapeño cheese and a little bit of ampules Gouda

    My slow cooker was done at 2.5-3 hours on high
    I also broke the noodles into bite size pieces so it was easier for little mouths

    Over all a win and I will make again

  4. 5 stars
    This is my go-to lasagna recipe! The leftovers are even better than having it fresh 🙂 serve it with some garlic bread, and our kids even love it!

  5. This is my go to recipe for lasagna now!! I used to make it in the oven for decades but this is so easy to make and I love preparing it the night before and just cooking it the next day. My husband is a big fan of this dish too. Just go ahead and guess what we’re having tomorrow? Lasagna! Haha It is so delicious and the sauce is amazing!! So happy I found this recipe years ago. Thank you, for sharing!

  6. I followed this recipe exactly. What a hit! It was simple and delicious! Thank you for sharing. This is a keeper!

  7. Do you think this would work if I assembled the night before and kept in the fridge before cooking?

  8. 5 stars
    This was so good! I only cooked it for about 2 1/2 hrs on low and used ricotta instead of cottage cheese and it all turned out perfect! I was wondering if I could make this ahead and then freeze it? Any tips on doing that?

  9. 4 stars
    I love the idea of lasagna in the crockpot! This recipe is delicious. My husband and I find that the lasagna is super runny on the first night though. Any suggestions on how to make it less soupy? I’m only using the 1 1/4 c. water.

  10. Cottage cheese? EW. It has to be ricotta or fugeddaboutit! I skip putting any meat in because that’s the way my Italian relatives all do it. But however you do it, crockpot lasagna is the best/easiest way to do it.

  11. Easiest lasagna I’ve ever made! I used the rectangular crock pot, perfect for this recipe. I wasn’t so sure it was going to work, but the 1 1/4 cup water cooked the noodles perfectly. Thank you!

  12. I cook it in high for 2 hrs and works out just fine. We dont have an oven so anything like this is a win at my house sub the cottage cheese for feta cheese and yummmmm!

  13. This is a really tasty lasagna recipe! I used my rectangular-shaped slow cooker that I purchased a number of years ago – and adjusted the number of layers just a bit – turned out great! Thank you!!

    1. how can I avoid the lasagna burning around the edges? love making this but tired of picking out burnt pieces 🙁

      1. You probably have a newer slow cooker. At some point they changed how slow cookers work so there is no real low setting on the new ones. I found this out the hard way when I made mac and cheese on “low” and it was a solid mass of burnt cheese. I called and was told the low setting just heats up more gradually to the same temperature as high. So I bought a used one. If your slow cooker has a “warm” setting you know it’s a newer model.

  14. 4 stars
    This was great. Unfortunately for me 5 hours was too long for it to cook, but still good and will make it again and cook for 4 hours.

  15. I’ve made this lasagna twice and it’s amazing! Just wondering, could it be made in the oven? Instead of the crock pot? I’m trying to find a way to make it in a disposable pan so I could make it to take to people when they’ve had babies, illnesses, etc. Thanks!

  16. 5 stars
    I make this with ricotta instead of cottage cheese and it’s amazing. It’s our favourite lasagna recipe and I love that I don’t have to pre-cook the noodles for a change!

  17. Can I make the sauce the night before and layer it in the morning? I don’t want the lasagna noodles to become mushy?

  18. 5 stars
    This lasagna turned out delicious! I already had lasagna ingredients on hand bc I planned to bake it in a casserole dish, but I could see my schedule was not going to allow that to happen. I really had a taste for lasagna and found your crockpot recipe. I was afraid it would turn out like soup, but it was terrific and my family loved it! I deviated slightly by using the sausage I had on hand (italian chix) and my own version of pasta sauce (but I made sure to add the 1-1/4 cup of water), I added an egg to the cheese mixture and smoothed out the cottage cheese curds with my food processor (as I usually do–I love using cottage cheese bc ricotta is so expensive and I often can’t find organic). I don’t think I’ve ever cooked pasta in my crockpot before this. This recipe is a keeper for sure! 🙂

  19. Can I assemble the ingredients in the crockpot and keep it in the fridge overnight? I leave early in the morning and usually prepare everything in the crock insert so I just have to drop and go in the morning.

  20. 5 stars
    I made this lasagna and shared it with my step dad and husband (with plenty of leftovers). All of us loved it! A comment above said “simple tasting”… my husband and step dad both love stouffer’s meat lasagna and said it was a way better version of that. I’ll have to say, though, I decided not to go the slow cooker route. Instead, I cooked noodles according to package and made the sauce without the added water. I assembled and left it in the fridge overnight before I baked it in the oven at 350F for 45 mins or so. I also used small curd whole milk cottage cheese. I probably will try this recipe with the slow cooker at some point…but know that it’s good baked on the oven too! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  21. 4 stars
    Last time was fine but a bit simple tasting. Next time I’ll add some browned mushrooms and cooked well-drained spinach. I also mix up my cheeses, using an Italian blende and sometimes an egg. Cottage/ricotta mixed works with the others too. We love all the crispy edges around the outside of the lasagna.

  22. Just made for the first time! I was lazy and used Can sauce but it is delicious!
    Going to freeze the left overs!

  23. I love your recipe. I have a round crock pot and I won’t be using ricotta. How many layers, specifically, how much room from the top, should I leave for this recipe? Can’t wait to make it!

    1. I did three layers of noodles, you can fill your pot pretty full. This recipe also doesn’t call for ricotta.

  24. I make this recipe every few months, and it’s always a big hit! I always make a double batch since you only need 1/2lb of each meat, and I just freeze the second for later use either as a lasagna, or just as a great meat sauce over spaghetti/other pasta. I’ve also omitted the meat to make a vegetarian version of the sauce before, and that’s delicious, too. Thanks for sharing!

  25. 5 stars
    Made it for a dinner in our Travel Trailer after running around locally on a cold, cloudy day in MN. WOW, deliciously filling and a great recipe for the crockpot!

  26. If I don’t want to use cottage cheese, can it be made with a white sauce in the slow cooker or would it not come out right?

  27. I want make this for company If I use bottled pasta sauce do you still add the water or is that just for if you use tomato sauce and paste

  28. I want to fix your recipe, but I need the nutrition ingredients. My 5 year old granddaughter has type 1 diabetes and I have to count carbs. I would really appreciate it if possible. Thank you so much

    1. Hi Nina,
      Here are the macronutrient estimates based on an estimated 1 serving:
      46g carb, 39g protein, 35g fat (16 of which is saturated)

      Hope that helps!

  29. Hello,

    Quick question, his recipe calls for 29 ounces of tomato sauce, but the sauce for your mom’s sauce (mentioned in the article) is 15 ounces, which amiunt should I use? Thank you

      1. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. And yikes for all my spelling errors. That is what I get for writing on my phone and not proof reading. I look forward to making this today.

  30. 5 stars
    Lauren where have all my life ? I made this lasagna tonight and my wife and I absolutely fell in love.

  31. 5 stars
    I haven’t made this recipe yet but excited to do so! My question is that it calls for 1 ½ cup of cottage cheese. I would like to substitute ricotta. How many cups of ricotta should I use? Also, whats the difference in taste and reason why you would use cottage cheese vs ricotta? Thanks!

  32. 5 stars
    I used Ricotta. Its been on high for 2 1/2 noodles are soft, tad mushy but not too bad. That’s fine with me, I tasted it and OMG it is delicious!!!!!!!! Faster to make than a regular lasagna.

  33. 5 stars
    Have made this several times and it’s excellent. I plan to make this for my sister’s holiday lunch at work. She gets to work about 8 and the drive to work is about an hour (so it would be moving toward room temperature by the time she gets there). Should I precook it and have her warm it up on “warm” setting? Or should I pre-assemble it, put it in the fridge then have her cook it at work? I use a rectangular slow cooker so I think it cooks a little faster than the oval version. I’m just worried the noodles will turn to mush if I choose the wrong strategy.

    1. Hi Mary, I would pre-assemble it and put it in your fridge (use regular lasagna noodles and NOT the no-boil ones). Then have her cook it at work, and be sure not to overcook it 🙂 I’m happy you like this recipe!

  34. 5 stars
    Made this today and tweaked it a bit, adding spinach, ricotta and herb and spices. Extremely scrumptious!! Layering the lasagna noodles was a little tricky, kinda like a jigsaw puzzle. ?
    I will be making it often, freeing up my oven for other meals and desserts.

  35. 5 stars
    Can I use oven ready lasagna noodles in this? Should I cook it less time? If I cooked on high with oven ready noodles how long would you say? Recipe looks great.

  36. Reading the comments while the sauce simmers and I realize I only have oven-ready lasagna noodles. Should I bake it instead? So looking forward to trying this!

      1. 5 stars
        I did bake it and it was delicious! Best lasagna I’ve ever made. I got some regular noodles and am making it in the crockpot today 🙂

  37. 2 stars
    I cooked mine for 4 1/2 hours on low. It was very saucy and the noodles were very, very mushy soft….did not hold together at all but slid around.

  38. 5 stars
    This is going to be long, so I apologize.

    This recipe is wonderful, and going to be in our regular rotation. I live in South Texas, and 11.5 months out of the year, it’s BLAZING hot! We are a family of 5; mom, 3 birth children, and the 38 year old man child I adopted from my mother in law. Oh and not to mention they all have the appetites and metabolisms of a cheetah…or whatever animal has the best metabolism. But my apologies, I digress.

    So living in South Texas, aka the swamps of hell, I never ever want to run the oven if I can help it. But…my children’s favorite meal???….lasagna!!!

    This week has been hectic, and I’ve been working ot and a lot of it. Spoiled man child has had to cook. He doesn’t mind and is great at it, but it’s not mom’s according to the boys. So, loving mom comes home today during my lunch break and whips this together. What’s the worst that could happen? Nothing I tell you, absolutely NOTHING. This recipe is great as it is. However, I’m THAT mom, and even though my kids are not picky eaters, I always sneak veggies into my carb laden one pot meals. So her is what I did…oh mighty recipe creator I apologize in advance for the changes.

    First off, we live on huge helpings and leftovers so I doubled the batch (except the noodles, i only used one box of those).
    1lb of burger
    1lb Italian sausage (my store only had brats so I cut them out of the casings)
    1 box lasagna noodles
    2 large containers of cottage cheese
    ADDED1lb frozen whole spinach
    ADDED8oz container sliced mushrooms
    2 20something oz cans tomato sauce
    2 6oz cans tomato paste
    ADDED 2 14.5oz cans of fire roasted tomatoes with garlic
    SUBBED brown sugar
    Cooked down in the pan as directed with the additions and subs.

    Used an 8qt Crock-Pot with a Reynolds liner. Layered as follows. Sauce-two ladles, noodles(4 broken each time), 1 container cottage cheese, noodles, sauce(1/2-3/4″ layer across), mozzarella, noodles, other container of cottage cheese, noodles, sauce, cheese, noodles, sauce, cheese. Set on low. Came home at 6 to dinner ready.

    Fan-friggin-tastic!

    Even had sauce leftover that I Jarred and froze for another meal later on. Thanks so much almighty recipe creator, you have save me in the delighted eyes of my children.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Katie! You made me laugh and I am so happy that the recipe was a hit with your family!

  39. 5 stars
    Made this for the first time today since my plan for traditional lasagna failed. I just picked this one at random and it was terrific!! 3 hrs 45 min total, and it was cooked perfectly. Got rave reviews from the Man and Children. Will definitely make it again. I am no longer afraid of crockpot noodles! haha!

  40. 5 stars
    This was so good! I made it for the first time today and it came out perfect. Everyone at work loved it and there was absolutely nothing left! It was so easy and that is coming from someone who you typically will not find in the kitchen! Thank you for an easy, yet great recipe. I will definitely be making this again!

  41. This looks so good! I’ve got 8 adults coming for dinner, will this recipe serve all of us? Thanks in advance –

  42. Just found this recipe today and plan on making it. Just wanted to know if it cooks 5 1/2 to 6 hours if it would be too long for the noodles?

  43. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for lasagna in my crock pot yesterday!! This is a very good recipe, easy to put together and so tasty… When the lasagna was done and we were ready to eat, the lasagna came out of the crock pot in nice pieces….Very pleased with this recipe and will make it again. It would be a nice recipe for a get together or a summer picnic too.. Very Good!

  44. 5 stars
    This is the best lasagna I’ve ever had! I make it for family members and they all say the same thing. It’s so easy and so quick. One of my favorite recipes. Ever.

  45. 5 stars
    I have made this lasagna like, 10 times now! It’s a favorite in my house! And I’ve never really cared for lasagna, but we crave this recipe regularly, and make it at least once a week… my daughter requested it on her birthday, and any special occasion we have, this is what is requested! Thank you for sharing such an awesome recipe, and for showing me how delicious (and easy) lasagna can be!

  46. 5 stars
    This is quite honestly the best lasagna I’ve ever had!! Will be printing the recipe to make again for many years to come! Thank you for sharing this perfection!!

    1. I’m thrilled to hear that, thanks Krista! And thank you for your comment. I hope you get to try more of my recipes soon <3

  47. 4 stars
    I am make ng this tonight. It looks great. Several friends have recommended this site.

    However, there is no way prep time is ten minutes. From start to finish this took me 25 minutes to prepare. Browning the meat and simmering sauce is 15 minutes alone.

    Time is underestimated! I would much rather up front know how long it’s going to realistically take.

  48. 5 stars
    I’m new to slow cooking and that lasagna was absolutely beautiful. Thank you for such an amazing recipe.

  49. 5 stars
    Made this last night! Actually my 12 year old great niece made the whole thing with me reading the directions. It was excellent! Your mom’s sauce was delicious. My g. Niece even learned how to make the sauce and different ways to use it.
    Thank you for the wonderful meal and bonding time.

    1. How wonderful! Thank you for sharing Janet–I’m so happy it was a great experience for you and your great niece.

  50. 5 stars
    I have made this theee times now for different events and everyone just loves it!! They always ask for the recipe. I think making sauce from scratch is definitely the way to go for flavor! Thank you, family fav! Laurie

  51. 5 stars
    Not only have I tried it, but I have shared it with my family and 2 of them have already made it too! It is delicious and so easy! One of my daughter’s requested it for her birthday dinner tonight, making my sauce now. Thank you for sharing!

      1. Are you supposed to use uncooked noodles that are supposed to be boiled, or the noodles that are dried, but oven ready?

  52. This is exactly what I was looking for! Do you think it would be ok on low for 8-9 hours while I’m at work?

    1. Hi Dara, you can try it, but I’m afraid the noodles may be overcooked if they are cooked for that long. Best of luck!

  53. 5 stars
    Haven’t made the lasagna yet but made your sauce for a quick spaghetti dinner. Oh my, the sauce is so good! No more jar sauce for me! I’m sure the lasagna will also be very good. Thank you!

    1. Hi Maureen,

      You could use a bechamel sauce like I use in this recipe. Or you could sub ricotta. I hope it turns out great!

  54. Hi, looks good and thinking about making this tomorrow while doing renos. But realized I like burnt cheese on top of my lasagna – any thoughts how to get that out of this? I thought about lining with tin foil and lifting it out but can see that ending in disaster!

    1. Hi Kelly, I would pull the removable crock pot insert out and place the entire lasagna under the broiler in my oven (without the lid on) for 2-3 minutes. (You may want to double check your owner manual to make sure your crock pot is safe at that temperature in the oven.) Hope you enjoy the lasagna!

      1. 5 stars
        Put a tea-towel/drying cloth under the lid so that it’s hanging down over the sides of the slow cooker. It soaks up the moisture and somehow allows the cheese to brown.

  55. This looks so good! I want to bake in the oven though. Would you say at 350*? How long do you think I should cook it? Thanks so much!!

  56. Crockpot lasagna is a terrific idea. I prepared the sauce & ricotta the day before. Assembled it around noon the following day. Cooked it on high for 3 hours. Kept the warm cycle for 2 hours. The lasagna was easy to cut & pretty on the plate.
    My husband & I enjoyed it. Looking forward to the left overs.

  57. 5 stars
    This recipe is super easy to follow and really delicious!! Never making lasagna in the oven again. Thanks for sharing!

  58. Scrolling on a lazy Saturday morning I came across this recipe to use in my ‘old’ West Bend Slow Cooker. We love Lasagna at this house and though love making it, it takes a lot of time. If it’s as easy as said I am going to try this method in the slow cooker. Let you know how it comes out 🙂 🙂 marje

  59. 5 stars
    Tried this twice with perfect results each time. Using a crockpot liner makes clean up a snap. The only way I will make lasagna from now on.

  60. 5 stars
    Just found this recipe. It’s the closest to my old favorite that I’ve ever seen, in that you make your own sauce. I haven’t found my old favorite since I moved 20 years ago. The crock pot brings it up to date. Will be trying it soon. Multi – thank yous.

    1. Hi Liz,
      I’m glad you found my site and I hope you enjoy it just as much as your old recipe! I would love to hear how it turns out! Thanks for commenting.

  61. I make this regularly with gf noodles and it’s the BEST! Leftovers are even good, too! Keep bringing the good crockpot recipes!!

    Fondly,
    A working mom in NJ

  62. 5 stars
    Great recipe! It was very salty, so next time I will only add 1 tsp, maybe less the 3rd try…we’ll see. Mine had to be gluten free and it was fine, I also used ricotta – couldn’t get my head around cottage cheese for this. I did cut down on the water as recommended but maybe a little too much. Everyone devoured it! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  63. 4 stars
    This was delicious! My husband, 27-month old, and myself loved it! (The 4 1/2 year old didn’t, but he’s in that “love-it-one-day, won’t-touch-it-the-next-day” phase.) The only reason I’m giving it 4 stars is because it did take awhile to prep. It tasted spectacular, though, and I will definitely make it again. Thank you so much for sharing! Oh, I made it exactly as is, but used a little onion powder instead of actual onions, and it turned out great.

  64. 5 stars
    Well I ran across this recipe last week and decided to give it a try. It absolutely turned out perfect as described. My only problem is that i’ve been crowned the best lasagna maker now in the family and have to make it everytime it is requested(lol).

  65. I am going to make this for a work Christmas party but I have a coworker who requested it with just mozzarella cheese (no ricotta or cottage cheese). Is there anything additional I should do to make it work?

    I was also planning on using store bought sauce (don’t have too much time), will that work the same as your (I’m sure much more delicious) homemade sauce?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Laura, store-bought sauce will work great. For the sauce, instead of the cottage cheese, I would use a can of cream of chicken soup. Combine it with the mozzarella cheese and the parmesan cheese to make that white layer (step 4). That should work great! Hope everyone loves it!

  66. 5 stars
    Yes, hard to believe that people don’t like cheese, especially combined with italian dishes. I never done lasagna with slow cooker, will try it this weekend!

  67. 5 stars
    Tried it tonight and it was delicious. This is definitely a keeper. Only difference is that i’m lazy and used store bought marinara sauce

  68. 4 stars
    I totally omitted 3/4 of the noodles by accident (sleep deprived mom here)! I thought I was going to end up with a soup like lasagna. I’ve never made lasagna before before and didn’t realize that I’m supposed to make layers of the noodles! Despite that mistake, I cooked it longer and used cottage cheese and it turned out AMAZING! My husband and best friend loved it!! It made plenty of left overs too. I highly recommend this recipe! I’m giving it a four only because it was time consuming prepping it.

  69. I already have my homemade sauce. I don’t use water in my sauce. Will this recipe cook the same way? Want to make this for a work luncheon tomorrow. I could plug it in when I get to work and it will be done by noon. And make the office smell good at the same time!

  70. 5 stars
    Okay, I always have hated making lasagne because it just takes too darn long to boil the pasta, layer the sauce, etc. etc. Making it in the crockpot without cooking the noodles first is life changing! I personally love that this lasagne is thick and hearty — not lots of runny sauce like the traditional recipes I’ve tried.

    1. I’ve never tried it with chorizo, but I imagine it should work great. The flavor will just be different

  71. I made this for dinner tonight. I didn’t add any water. I did add chopped fresh mushrooms to it though. It was perfect!!!

  72. Hi , I was looking for this recipe all the day , actually this weekend was a pretty much free for me so I wanted to spend my time on cooking , yeah I tryed it and it worked great , By the way thanks gor this recipe

  73. Hello! I am excited to make this recipe… I’m wondering if I used a slow cooker liner if the lasagna would cook the same….

      1. lauren my slow cooker has high 4-6 hours and low 8-10 hours, if i do high for 4 hours (dont have time for the slow 8-10) will that be too long..or will it turn out ok

  74. YUM!! Lauren, we loved this!!! The sauce is just fantastic and you can’t beat the ease of using the slow-cooker!! Thank you for this amazing recipe!

  75. Your Dad and oldest brother are to be commended; they are smart people.
    Cheese clogs up your arteries – I know; I am a physician.
    Check your cholesterol

  76. Do you think it would work to cook the sauce and the meat and do the layers the night before, refrigerate, and then cook the following day? My morning prep time is minimal. Thanks!

    1. I’m planning on making this for tomorrow. I’m in the same boat of minimal morning time and was thinking good idea to prep the whole thing the night before and just plug it in in the morning, how’d your’s turn out doing it that way?

  77. Looking to cook lasagna this week. 2 questions….
    1. Will “oven ready” noodles work?
    2. Will low for 8hrs yield a burnt lasagna? My crock pot tends to be on the slow cooking side.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Devon, I’ve never tried the oven-ready noodles in a crock pot but I imagine they would be fine if you cook the lasagna for less time. I wouldn’t cook it for 8 hours with oven ready noodles. And I’m not sure if it would burn–I’ve never cooked mine for that long….Sorry to not be of more help! I hope you enjoy it.

  78. SO not sure if you’ll see this by tonight, but I’ll give it a shot.

    I’m running way short on time. Do you think it could be cooked on HIGH for 2 hours and have the same results? I love the idea of it slowly cooking, but just a question! It might just have to be a later dinner 😉

    1. Hi Leah, I sure hope I catch you in time! I would par cook the noodles in boiling water for 5 minutes or so and then I’m sure it will be perfect in 2 hours on high! Hope that helps!

  79. I will never again make regular lasagna! So easy! So good! I cooked the meats and onion the night before so it went together really fast. I used ricotta instead of cottage cheese (less moisture) but otherwise followed recipe exactly. It was perfect! I was having 5 guests and the recipe said it served 5, so I made 2 batches (the doubled recipe filled my 7 qt and smaller (5 qt?) slow cookers) but we didn’t even touch the smaller crockpot (it will freeze fine I’m sure so we’ll have it again in a week or two). I did make some roasted squash, a green salad and garlic cheese toast to go with it, so maybe people took less. Also I made small caprese skewers for an appetizer which saved us cuz half the guests were stuck in a freeway nightmare. The caprese skewers were great…tided us over but didn’t fill us up. Everyone raved about the lasagna and I have already sent all 5 guests the recipe (at their request)! One of the reasons I loved it so much was cuz I was able to sit and be with my guests and not be a slave to the kitchen! The lasagna was started 3 1/2 hours before guests arrived and I had the caprese done and the veggies and bread ready to pop in the oven…all I had to do was put them in the oven for 20 minutes and put the dressing on the salad and we ate as soon as the guests were all there. A perfect luncheon…and one I will repeat again and again! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!!!!

  80. I am definitely going to try this slow cooker lasagna this week I love slow cooker recipes so easy to do and takes so much stress away!

  81. I just finished loading everything into the slow cooker – Hubby isn’t a huge fam of pasta and likes a ton of sauce so I added a can of diced tomatoes with the juice, and added 1 cup instead of 1.25 cups of water…. If it turns out to be a soup, I wont be disappointed lol. Will update the results later 🙂

  82. Great way to make lasagna! It was delicious! I used gluten free lasagna noodles and it turned out great. The one change I made: even before I added the water to the meat sauce, I felt that it was plenty watery enough. I saw other comments complaining about how it made lasagna soup, so I only added 1 cup of water, and it turned out perfect. Definitely wouldn’t have added any more than that!

  83. Can I use traditional pasta sauce in place of tomato sauce? Started cooking and realized it’s in my fiance car 🙁

  84. I was so excited to find this recipe. My daughter is lactose intolerant and my son hates ricotta. Unfortunely.. The noodles kind of dissolved and it was very soupy. I’ll try again. We all loved the Flavors.

  85. Made this yesterday, and OMG it was delicious! Couple notes:

    1. Used ground turkey and turkey sausage instead of beef/pork, and used 1 lb of each. It worked, but in hindsight, didn’t need THAT much meat in it, sauce was really more stew like as a result. On the other hand, those who mentioned theirs came out soup like, maybe that could help?

    2. Used ricotta instead of cottage cheese since my son doesn’t like cottage cheese. Worked beautifully still.

    3. I added some shredded parmesan to the mozzarella on top, that was AMAZING.

    4. Maybe it was just mine, but this came out SUPER TALL. Like each square I cut from the lasagna was about 4 inches tall! Ended up cutting each square in half for portions, have a LOT of leftovers now.

    But the biggest takeaway was how PERFECT it came out. Tasted exactly like the kind you would make in the oven, no problems with noodles being dry, etc. And because my slow cooker has a pre-set timer, I did low for 8 hours (4 and 6 hour settings are high temp) and that still turned out great.

    1. I don’t like cottage cheese either and neither does my family but I’ve tried both with lasagna and you’d never know the difference.

  86. I made this lasagna yesterday. Everyone loved it. I made a few adjustments based on the items I had on hand. I would like to try it in the oven too.

  87. I made this yesterday and substituted the ground round for Italian Seasoned ground turkey along with the Italian Sausage and so I in turn did not use the Worcestershire sauce and it was amazing. I was so excited to have my parents and boyfriend try it and they all loved it.
    Thank you and continue to post these amazing recipes.

  88. this was very good but was more like soup than lasagna. I will try it again but will probably cut back on the amount of water to add…

  89. I noticed you have cottage cheese…..I have always made lasagna in a pan with ricotta cheese is there a big difference and could you use ricotta in place of the cottage cheese?

    1. Hi Malissa, You couldn’t definitely use ricotta cheese if that’s what you prefer! I’d love to hear how you like it!

  90. Thanks for the recipe! I haven’t done a slow cooker lasagna before…is it easy to scoop out the leftovers to save in the fridge for the next day?

  91. I’ve been wanting to try a lasagna in the crockpot, and this recipe looks easy and tasty. I’m going to give a try tomorrow. Thank you! I’m new to your blog so I’m looking forward to exploring your other recipes.

      1. I made this last week for my Bible study group and everyone loved it. In fact a couple of ladies told me this week that they had made it for their families after I gave them the recipe. Btw I didn’t find it soupy at all and I liked your sauce recipe better than mine. I’ll be using yours now.

      2. I’m assuming you should drain the grease after browning the meat correct? I am making this for dinner tomorrow 🙂