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Easy Lazy Crockpot Lasagna Casserole

This cheesy crockpot lasagna casserole is packed with all the flavors of traditional lasagna but so much easier to make! No boiling the noodles required, just dump it all in your slow cooker and when you’re ready it’s the perfect lazy lasagna your whole family will love for sure.

crockpot lasagna casserole

I have made a lot of things over the years but last night I decided to make what we are calling, Crockpot lasagna casserole.  It’s now one of our favorite pasta crockpot recipes.  (originally published 6/17, affiliate links present)

I love my slow cooker and Instant Pot! They just make my life easier and meals simple in the kitchen.

I work full time and can still put a hot meal on the table for the 5 of us this way, love it!

If you too love slow cooker recipes of all kinds, you’re going to go crazy over this one. First let’s go over a few resources:

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We have made crock pot lasagna before, but using smaller noodles makes it more of a casserole.

I like this more than the traditional way because kids can eat it easily and it can fit on the fork with each bite.

Crockpot lazy lasagna

Instant Pot Frozen Ground Beef

You can of course do this in a pan on your stovetop over medium heat, or in your Instant Pot. If you forgot to defrost it beforehand, follow these directions on how to defrost ground beef fast.

  • That is really the only prep you’ll need to do outside of your slow cooker.
  • Since there are no regular lasagna noodles, there’s no need to boil any water for any reason.
  • This cuts down on the cook time and frustration significantly.

All the wonderful flavors of your favorite lasagna are in this dish with the exception of one. You could easily add some of that too though if you wanted.

The only thing I didn’t include was the ricotta cheese. You could easily add a spoonful when you add in the mozzarella and it would be great that way too!

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Crockpot goulash you might want to call it too but not as soupy as that so casserole fits the bill better in my eyes.

Any way you call it we all loved it and it literally cost under $10 to make and feed all of us PLUS there was enough for me to eat the next day for lunch, bonus!!

Crockpot casserole dish

If you like a wetter consistency just add more spaghetti sauce to this lazy slow cooker lasagna. It is very versatile depending on your preference.

easy instant pot lasagna casserole

Crockpot lasagna casserole

Looking for more easy crockpot recipes or easy cheap crockpot recipes?

If you are looking for other other easy slow cooker pasta recipes we have a few more you should try.

Then try our favorite Instant Pot lasagna soup seen here! Healthy and the kids will love it because it’s super flavorful.

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What is the best way to freeze lasagna?

Even though this isn’t the “traditional way” to make it, since there are the same ingredients you’d treat it as such. 

  • If you want to freeze it after some has been eaten, you can put leftovers into airtight plastic containers or freezer bags.
  • Always allow food to completely cool to room temperature before packaging it up and putting it in the fridge or freezer. If you don’t it can grow bacteria easier when cooled and make you sick.
  • You can freeze lasagna before you cook it as well! I haven’t tried this but know others who have done this.

If you’re a fan of batch cooking it’s a great idea to assemble the first 3 instructions below and store in freezer bags. Then defrost what’s in there, throw it in your Crock when you’re ready and continue with the next steps as usual.

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What is a good side dish for lasagna?

Our favorite side dish would be this garlic pull apart bread. In each dish, top with remaining cheese and serve together or 1/2 hour before serving melt cheese on top of the whole thing in the pot.

You can print recipe below. It is complete with nutritional information too, i.e. saturated fat and calories per serving.

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Crockpot Lasagna Casserole

This crockpot lasagna casserole is cheesy and packed with all the flavors of traditional lasagna but easier to make! Great slow cooker dinner casserole.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword casserole, crockpot, easy, lasagna, no boil, pasta, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 593kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Brown ground beef and diced onion in a pan, then add to your crockpot.
  • Pour can of spaghetti sauce and can of diced tomatoes on top of meat.
  • Sprinkle taco seasoning on top, stir well.
  • Set crockpot to high and cook for 3 hours, or low and cook for 5-6 hours.
  • Lift lid when done cooking and add your uncooked noodles and 1 cup of cheese, (and ricotta if you choose to add it) stir well.
  • Sprinkle other 1/2 c. of cheese on top and put lid back on.
  • Set to high for 30 minutes.
  • Serve!

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Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Lasagna Casserole
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 593 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 1063mg46%
Potassium 977mg28%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 1105IU22%
Vitamin C 17.6mg21%
Calcium 273mg27%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Kate

Sunday 10th of May 2020

1. Even if you use lasagna noodles, you don't have to cook them first. I browned a combo of venison, ground beef and italian sausage, sauteed a LOT of onions with it, froze half that meat mixture for my next batch, then threw a half a jar of pasta sauce, plus half a 28 oz diced tomatoes (again, froze the remainder) some red wine and extra water (to soak up into the noodles) along with oregano, basil and garlic in with the meat to get it nice and bubbly. Having the crock pot on first, and adding the sauce while bubbling away really cuts down on the cook time...but if you want all day, go for it with just ground beef and sauce. Then I did layer some - sauce first, noodles, COTTAGE CHEESE on top of the noodles, in my opinion is vital! Shredded mozzarella on it, then some more pasta sauce and shredded cheddar cheese. Mine is an oval, rough ceramic (not smooth ceramic) crock pot and 1.5 hours on high had that puppy bubbly and fully cooked noodles and my husband, who is a Lasagna snob, declared it delicious. It's already hot in Texas - so I could cook it on the back porch and not add heat to the kitchen. Only way to go from now on. PS - that cottage cheese will melt in with the mozzarella to a goey goodness that the kids won't even notice, I promise.

Megan

Friday 8th of January 2021

Kate Kate kate..... Has your husband ever hit you because you talk to much? If not then he should.

Beth

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

This is perfect! I love how easy this is, but I wouldn't call it 'lazy' as I would call it 'smart'! Bake smarter not harder!

Suzy

Wednesday 6th of May 2020

I had no idea how easy this would be to make in the crockpot! So tasty too!

Abbey

Thursday 7th of November 2019

I have this in my crockpot now. I am a 22 year old learning how to speak “cooking” haha! This is smelling fantastic and I LOVE all the ingredients so I had to try. I added some more seasonings with the Taco and I’ll have lots of Ricotta because my boyfriend is from Europe so he loves his cheese! Can’t wait to taste in about 2 hours!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 10th of November 2019

Yay hope you loved it

Molly

Saturday 2nd of March 2019

Am I not understanding the recipe? What exactly are you cooking for 3 hours on high? The meat is already browned, right? Adding uncooked noodles at the end of the 3 hours to cook on high for an additional 30 minutes - - I might as well just make this on the stove and boil noodles. I mean, didn’t I just brown the meat and onions on the stove?....the pan is already dirty. If I have time to brown meat then I have time to boil noodles. I must be very confused and not reading this recipe correctly. Please help me understand this.

Laura

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

jeez...then just cook it on the stovetop if that makes more sense to you.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 3rd of March 2019

Yep, sounds like you should just use the stovetop then. Every recipe isn't for everyone. I've had lots of compliments from slow cooker lovers.

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