Make tonight Italian night with this amazing crockpot lasagna! This lasagna is made with a flavorful meat sauce, a delicious cheese mixture, and is super easy to make. Make it for the family tonight or meal prep it for the week!
Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:2 hours
Total Time:2 hours 30 minutes
Yield:8 servings 1x
15 oz. ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium white onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 large carrots, finely diced
2 large celery stalks, finely diced
1 lb. ground beef
1 24-oz. jar marinara sauce
1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
12 oz. uncooked lasagna noodles
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (for topping)
First, make your cheese layer. In a medium bowl, combine 15 oz. ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1 cup parmesan cheese, and 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning.
Mix well and set aside for later.
Next, make the meat sauce by heating olive oil in a large pot or saucepan over medium/high heat.
When olive oil is fragrant, add onions, carrot, and celery to the pan. Saute on medium/high for 5 minutes.
Next, add ground beef to the pan and cook for about 4-5 minutes until the beef is almost cooked fully.
Add marinara sauce and tomato sauce to the pan and mix until all ingredients are combined. Bring to a boil and then immediately remove from the heat.
Now it’s time to assemble the lasagna in the slow cooker. Begin by greasing the slow cooker with olive oil or cooking spray.
Using a 1/3 cup scoop, scoop 1/3 cup of the sauce onto the bottom of the slow cooker. Spread sauce around evenly.
Next, place two lasagna noodles onto the bottom of the slow cooker, lengthwise. Break a separate lasagna noodle into fourths and place 1/4 of a noodle at each end of the long lasagna noodles.
Spoon 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture over the top of the noodles and spread it out evenly over the noodles using a spoon or spatula.
Finally, add 2/3 cup of sauce over the cheese. Spread sauce evenly over the cheese and noodles.
Repeat this process until all of the sauce, cheese, and noodles are gone. Make sure that the last layer is a layer of sauce and that the noodles are fully coated. If you let the noodles cook without sauce on top, they will end up hard.
Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours. With 30 minutes left, add the last half cup of mozzarella cheese to the top of the lasagna.
Uncover the slow cooker and cut the lasagna into even lasagna pieces and enjoy!