Slow-Cooker Italian Sausage Lasagna

An Italian classic, with plenty of meat and cheese, is surprisingly easy and delicious prepared in a slow-cooker.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 6 hr 25 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

3/4
lb bulk Italian pork sausage
1/2
cup chopped onion
2
cans (15 oz each) Italian-style tomato sauce
2
teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
container (15 oz) part-skim ricotta cheese
1
cup grated Parmesan cheese
3
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (12 oz)
12
uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, basil and salt.
  • 2 In medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese.
  • 3 Into 3 1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker, spoon 1/4 of the sausage mixture. Top with 4 noodles, broken into pieces to fit. Top with half of the cheese mixture and 1/4 of the sausage mixture. Top with 4 noodles, remaining cheese mixture and 1/4 of the sausage mixture. Top with remaining 4 noodles and remaining sausage mixture.
  • 4 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours.
  • 5 About 10 minutes before serving, sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover; let stand about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut lasagna into pieces.

Expert Tips

Love your lasagna thick and meaty? For thick pieces of lasagna, use a 3 1/2-quart slow cooker. A larger slow cooker will also work, but your lasagna pieces will be a bit thinner.

Caesar salad and Italian bread make nice accompaniments to this delicious lasagna.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
660
(
Calories from Fat
280),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
31g
31%
(Saturated Fat
16g,
16%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
90mg
90%;
Sodium
1780mg
1780%;
Total Carbohydrate
52g
52%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
43g
43%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
80%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.