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Easy, Speedy, Cheesy Slow-Cooker Lasagna

Easy, Speedy, Cheesy Slow-Cooker Lasagna

Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 4 hours

When the school year hits, we all want good food fast. Lasagna is one of those complete meals that's usually a hit with everyone. Its only flaw is that it can take so long to prepare. Enter your slow-cooker. Based on a recipe from Skip to My Lou, this version requires just 20 minutes to get this slow-cooker lasagna on its way to pleasing everyone at the table.

by Cindy Hopper

What you'll need

  • 18 ruffle-edged lasagna noodles (not no-boil noodles)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 jars (each 24 oz.) spaghetti sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)
  • 5 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 1/4 cups parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


To add a little greenery, thaw a package of frozen spinach and mix it into the ricotta mixture before assembling in the slow cooker. If you're going meat-free, take out the ground beef altogether when you make this substitution.

How to make it

  1. Brown ground beef on medium heat (about 10-12 minutes). Add your favorite spaghetti sauce (store bought or homemade) add water and bring to a simmer. Set aside on low heat stirring occasionaly. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, parsley, salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  3. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray or use a disposable bag. Spread a layer of sauce at the bottom of the slow cooker. Cover the sauce with a single layer of uncooked lasagna noodles (3), breaking the noodles to make them fit.  Spread about 1/3 cup of the ricotta mixture over the noddles. Now top that with two cups of meat/sauce (that is simmering on the stove), then sprinkle with about 1 cup of mozzarella and 1/4 cup of the parmigiano-reggiano.  Now repeat this process four more times.
  4. Cover and cook in your slow cooker on low for about four hours. The noodles should be soft and cooked through.  You may want to add a sprinkling of the parmigiano-reggiano before serving.