I LOVE my crockpot…..and not ashamed to admit it! Let me share our favorite easy crockpot lasagna recipe with you! It’s not just for stews and casseroles anymore, and what better dish to cook than a down home favorite….lasagna! If you follow my blog at all you know I am all about EASY meals my whole family (of 5) will enjoy and takes little time to prepare. Special thanks goes out to Ragu® for sponsoring this post so I could share this easy meal idea with all of you! This is definitely one of our favorite crockpot recipes. (originally published 1/16)
Now that School is starting again, the hectic schedules begin again! With 3 kids, a husband, a household to maintain, working full time, and oh yeah taking care of myself (I try), I like easy meal ideas such as this one. Lasagna is typically a chore to make. For me the tedious and frustrating part is cooking the noodles and trying to take one out at a time to put in the pan while they’re scalding hot and trying not to break them in the transition from pot to pan….not fun. This is one reason I love this easy crockpot lasagna recipe because you do NOT have to cook the noodles….and it tastes great! Let me show you what to do.
First you will need to go shopping for a few ingredients. I do a lot of shopping at Sam’s Club since I make 15 lunches a week for my kids to take to School, and I can get snacks and lunch items in bulk at a great price there. Ragu® will be the staple for our easy crockpot lasagna recipe, and you can get a 3 pack which is great. I use one for this recipe, one to make my muffin tin pizzas, and then have another for spaghetti during the month as well in just one purchase. It’s super tasty and everything you need is all in the jar so it’s a great for busy Moms! Next on the list are the other things listed in the recipe below….I will show you the steps in the next few pictures. 😉
- 1 45 oz. jar of RaguÂ® Sauce
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 2 cups cottage cheese
- 3 cups mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 lb. ground beef
- 3/4 pkg. lasagna noodles
- 1 egg
- Cook ground beef and drain (can use ground turkey too). Add cooked meat (can make meatless too) and RaguÂ® to a bowl and stir. In a separate bowl combine shredded mozzarella cheese, ricotta, egg and cottage cheese. Mix these 3 ingredients well and set aside. Pour RaguÂ® mixture on the bottom of your crockpot just to cover the bottom and so noodles won't stick. Break lasagna noodles in half and line them up over the sauce so it creates a layer of noodles. Scoop some of the cheese mixture on top of the uncooked noodles, put another layer of RaguÂ® mixture over that. Repeat these steps until there is no more sauce mixture. Cook on low for about 4 hours. Add additional mozzarella cheese about 10 min. before serving, recover until melted and then serve!
You can find all of the above ingredients at Sam’s Club as well while you’re shopping….makes for an easy one stop trip + an easy meal idea! Now let me show you how to make this easy slow cooker lasagna recipe step by step. Once you’ve cooked your ground beef, turkey, or if you prefer to make a vegetarian lasagna then just leave the meat portion out…..no problem! Combine the Ragu® and meat into one bowl and set aside.
Easy crockpot lasagna recipe
Next you’ll want to get out another bowl and combine all the cheeses along with the 1 egg into that bowl, and stir. This will be the cheese mixture that you will use in the layering process.
Now your first layer of sauce is just so the noodles don’t stick to the bottom of your slow cooker really. Break your lasagna noodles in half and lay them over the Ragu® sauce mixture. It won’t be perfect but that is the beauty of lasagna, it doesn’t have to be!
Next…..spoon the cheese mixture on top of your uncooked noodles. Seriously……I just glob it on there and don’t bother smoothing it out, it will be perfect when it is done my friends. 😉
Put your slow cooker on low for about 4 hours and it comes out looking ooey gooey and delicious like this! If you want cheese on the top just add some mozzarella and recover for about 10 minutes so it can melt too. I hope you love our easy crockpot lasagna recipe using Ragu® and incorporate it into your monthly meal rotation too!
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