This crockpot lasagna casserole is cheesy and packed with all the flavors of traditional lasagna but easier to make! Great slow cooker dinner casserole.
I love my slow cooker and Instant Pot! They just make my life easier and quicker in the kitchen and me the ability to work full time and still put a hot meal on the table for the 5 of us just about every night (ok we do have “do whatever Fridays” but you know what I mean). I have made a lot of things over the years but last night I decided to make what we are calling, crockpot lasagna casserole. We decided on that name because it really does taste like traditional lasagna but SO much easier to make and eat because the noodles are bite size but the flavors remain the same. The only thing I didn’t include was the ricotta cheese but you could easily add a spoonful when you add in the mozzarella and it would be great that way too! It’s now one of our favorite pasta crockpot recipes. (affiliate links present)
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!!
This is what you’ll need to make this easy crockpot lasagna casserole recipe
- I like my large 8 qt. crockpot for this one so it has lots of room to bubble up
- You can use any small noodles but we like these the best
- 1 jar of spaghetti sauce (I usually use this one)
- Mozzarella cheese
- 1 packet of taco seasoning (yes, it works great)
- Ground beef (can omit but adds a great taste)
- Diced tomatoes (I like the petite version)
If you like a wetter consistency just add more spaghetti sauce to this lasagna casserole, it is very versatile depending on your preference. If you are looking for other other easy slow cooker pasta recipes we have a few more you should try once you give this one a whirl, I will list them below. If you’d like to make a lasagna casserole in the oven you can do that too, or if you are in a real hurry you can make this same recipe in your Instant Pot using the instructions in our pressure cooker lasagna casserole recipe.
- 1 onion
- 1 lb ground beef (could use sausage instead)
- 12 oz noodles (shell or bow tie noodles)
- 28 oz spaghetti sauce (32 oz if you want it soupier and more like goulash)
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 3 tbsp taco seasoning
- 1 1/2 c mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 c ricotta cheese (optional)
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.
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