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Slow-Cooker Lasagna

slow-cooker lasagna Entree
Slow-Cooker Lasagna
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 6 hr 35 min
  • Servings 8

Hundreds of home cooks agree that this slow cooker Italian sausage lasagna is the best and easiest way to make lasagna you’ll ever try. Just pack the slow-cooker with four layers of sauce, noodles and cheese, then come home to crockpot lasagna four to six hours later. MORE+ LESS-

September 20, 2018

Ingredients

1
pound bulk Italian sausage
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
3
cans (15 ounces each) Italian-style tomato sauce
2
teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
1
container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
1
cup grated Parmesan cheese
15
uncooked lasagna noodles

Steps

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  • 1
    Cook sausage and onion in 10-inch skillet over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, basil and salt.
  • 2
    Mix 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. (Refrigerate remaining mozzarella cheese while lasagna cooks.)
  • 3
    Spoon one-fourth of the sausage mixture into 6-quart slow cooker; top with 5 noodles, broken into pieces to fit. Spread with half of the cheese mixture and one-fourth of the sausage mixture. Top with 5 noodles, remaining cheese mixture and one-fourth of the sausage mixture. Top with remaining 5 noodles and remaining sausage mixture.
  • 4
    Cover and cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or until noodles are tender.
  • 5
    Sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into pieces.

Expert Tips

  • Dried regular or no-boil lasagna noodles work equally well in a slow cooker.
  • For lasagna with a kick, look for hot or spicy Italian sausage. Links can be used if bulk sausage isn't available. Just remove the meat from the casings and cook as directed.
  • The longer cook time in a slow cooker diminishes the strength of some seasonings, like herbs. Use dried basil leaves rather than ground, and just before adding the last layer of the cheese you can stir in some chopped fresh basil, oregano, or parsley to brighten up the Italian flavors.
  • Want to take your slow-cooker meal to an outing? Simply wrap the slow-cooker in a towel or newspaper to keep it warm. Attach rubber bands around the handles to secure it for travel.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
670
Calories from Fat
270
% Daily Value
Total Fat
31g
47%
Saturated Fat
13g
66%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
75mg
25%
Sodium
1770mg
74%
Potassium
790mg
23%
Total Carbohydrate
65g
22%
Dietary Fiber
5g
19%
Sugars
14g
Protein
34g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
20%
20%
Calcium
60%
60%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 3 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Eliminating the time-consuming noodle-boiling step makes this easy crockpot lasagna a fast-prep marvel. In this recipe, you can skip that big step and go right to layering the noodles, sauce and cheese into your slow cooker. Even with this streamlined version, the results taste like you spent all day in the kitchen. If you’d like to learn a little bit more before you get started making slow cooker lasagna, check out Betty’s guide to making lasagna which has step-by-step photos and suggestions for possible side dishes like Caesar salad and homemade garlic bread. Once you’ve mastered crockpot lasagna, you can try other variations in our collection of easy slow cooker lasagna recipes.

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