Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipe

I have a couple of wonderful things to share with you today.

GoodBite Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy has just been released and is available for purchase. This is a cookbook created by food blogger contributors to (including me!) and photographed by the very talented Matt Armendariz. Today I’m sharing a Slow Cooker Lasagna recipe from the cookbook that has only 5 ingredients. Click the box below for a quick How-To video:

If you’re a busy person with little time for dinner, this cookbook is one to have at hand. You’ll find 140 recipes for quick and delicious family dinners… things like Cheesy Chicken Cordon Bleu & Rice Casserole, Chicken & Spinach Enchiladas, Blueberry Pulled Pork, Fast Fish Tacos, One Pot Macaroni & Cheese, Sweet Gingery Tofu, and Slow Cooker Jambalaya.

This dinner recipe was a big hit in my house.  And I’m so happy to have another slow-cooker recipe that I can use for busy days where I don’t have time to cook.  How cool is it that a slow cooker can make lasagna for you?  Yes.  Very cool, indeed!

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 6 hrs

Slow Cooker Lasagna

There is nothing like coming home at the end of a long day and having dinner ready to put on the table!


1 pound cottage cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Two 26-ounce jars marinara sauce
2 pounds lean ground beef, cooked
One 9-ounce package lasagna noodles


1. Place the cottage cheese and mozzarella cheese in a medium bowl and stir to combine.

2. Add a thin layer of pasta sauce to the bottom of a slow cooker. Add a thin layer of the cooked ground beef and a layer of the noodles, breaking the noodles to make them fit. Top the noodle layer with a layer of the cheese mixture. Repeat until all of the ingredients are used, ending with a layer of sauce. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Serve hot.


*Choose a type of marinara sauce that has garlic and Italian spices mixed in.
*Possible add-in: Frozen, defrosted spinach- squeezed dry.
*Substitution/additions: Ricotta cheese, ground turkey.

Source: (re-printed with permission from Good Bite Weeknight Meals)

Disclosure:  There are Amazon affiliate links included within this post.


  1. postedOct 6, 2011 3:18 AM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    My avorite go-to, quick weeknight meal is ice cream and twinkies.

    Kidding 🙂

    But I do have a slow cooker collecting dust and I’d love to win the book. And Matt photographed it…Love that!

  2. postedOct 6, 2011 3:24 AM

    I usually just throw together a quick salad or pasta dish. I love this idea for using the slow cooker!

  3. postedOct 6, 2011 3:30 AM

    My favorite weeknight meal is probably stuffed turkey rolls with green beans. However, this sounds like it might be right up there. I hate boiling lasagna noodles so this is perfect!

  4. postedOct 6, 2011 4:40 AM
    Denise B

    scrambled eggs with ham, cheese, and onions.

  5. postedOct 6, 2011 4:43 AM

    This sounds like a great cook book, my go to meal depends on when I get home from work, leftovers or sometimes “breakfast” food!!!

  6. postedOct 6, 2011 4:45 AM

    A very simple pasta primavera – pasta with garlic, butter & EVOO, lemon, and whatever veggies I have: usually some cherry tomatoes, etc.

  7. postedOct 6, 2011 4:47 AM
    Cheryl Ross

    My quick weeknigh meal is a Mexican omelet. The filling is salsa, cheese, black beans, and diced onion. It goes together quickly and has great flavor.

  8. postedOct 6, 2011 4:53 AM
    Amy K.

    We like to do make your own pizzas. We use refrigerated pizza dough and pile on whatever toppings each of us likes. Takes about 15 minutes total cooking time and everyone gets what they want.

  9. postedOct 6, 2011 5:01 AM

    I usually make spaghetti or have soup and grilled cheese.

  10. postedOct 6, 2011 5:03 AM

    Chili!! With all the toppings and cornbread on the side…or on the chili!!

  11. postedOct 6, 2011 5:07 AM

    My go to meal is BBQ Naan Pizza. The hubby LOVES it and in 15 minutes its done!

  12. postedOct 6, 2011 5:18 AM

    My quick night meal is tuna burgers. Easy and tasty, too. Tuna mixed with some mayo, pickle relish and shredded cheese spread on either bread or buns and toasted in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes.

  13. postedOct 6, 2011 5:42 AM

    I love a good, hearty, lasagna. Great recipe!

  14. postedOct 6, 2011 5:50 AM

    my favorite go-to weeknight meal is a roasted chicken. It’s so easy to throw it in the oven; and then there’s always enough meat left over to make a whole different chicken dish another night that week.

  15. postedOct 6, 2011 5:55 AM

    Always spaghetti… I need help!

  16. postedOct 6, 2011 5:56 AM
    Laura P.

    My go to is always something Mexican–tacos or chicken fajitas. Always a crowd pleaser!

  17. postedOct 6, 2011 6:04 AM

    Either homemade ABC soup or Chicken Taco.

  18. postedOct 6, 2011 6:10 AM

    Love the idea of a slow cooker lasagna, and have been REALLY loving the idea of this cookbook ever since I first heard about it on Twitter. My favorite go-to meal is probably any type of stir-fry. So easy to customize based on what you have in the house.

  19. postedOct 6, 2011 6:20 AM

    My favorite quick and easy weeknight meal (aside from defrosting leftovers!) is definitely “breakfast for dinner”–I will be perfectly content eating a tomato, turkey, and broccoli omelet with cheese even if it’s 7 at night. 🙂

    Thanks for this recipe!

  20. postedOct 6, 2011 6:20 AM

    Our favorite quick weeknight dinner is Italian Sausage on the grill or homemade corned beef hash using cooked corned beef from the deli.

  21. postedOct 6, 2011 6:21 AM

    My favorite go-to meal is chicken tacos. I love my slow cooker too and am excited to try the slow cooker lasagna!

  22. postedOct 6, 2011 6:32 AM

    My quick dinner meal? Scrambled eggs and veggies! Breakfast for dinner is always quick, easy and delicious, plus I am a huge egg lover!

  23. postedOct 6, 2011 6:33 AM
    L L Reed

    One of my families favorite quick night meals is this delicious chicken dish:
    Pound thin 4 boneless,skinless chicken breasts, place in baking pan and cover each chicken with a slice of Swiss cheese. In a bowl, combine a can of cream of chicken soup with white wine or chicken stock. Your looking for a gravy consistency that you like. Pour over the chicken. Next, in a bowl place an amount you desire, of stovetop stuffing mix. Wet this with chicken stock. Place stuffing on top of the chicken and gravy. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees until chicken is cooked through.

  24. postedOct 6, 2011 6:34 AM

    Meatloaf muffins are definitely my go to easy weeknight meal! And it makes great leftovers for lunch the next day too 😉

  25. postedOct 6, 2011 6:46 AM

    My go to weeknight meal is a meat sauce using a pound of ground beef, crumbled and browned, mixed with a jar of pasta sauce and a few extra spices added in. All served over whole wheat pasta!

  26. postedOct 6, 2011 6:51 AM

    I’d have to say my go to supper is grilled chicken breast. It’s ready in minutes, which is important when I get home from work starving at 7:30! Then I cut it up and eat it in a salad, or make a sandwich out of it. Yum. 🙂

  27. postedOct 6, 2011 6:57 AM

    If I’m alone my favorite quick go-to meal is a tuna melt and it has to include fresh onion after melting it. If the family is home and since neither will go NEAR tuna, it’s gotta be what we consider American Chop Suey (or when I was a kid what we called “Slop” lol). Elbows, sauce and ground meat with some onion and pepper thrown in.

  28. postedOct 6, 2011 7:08 AM

    My go to supper is penne arrabiata. I love marinara sauce with a kick and pasta is so easy to whip up!

  29. postedOct 6, 2011 7:08 AM
    Erin Sutka

    Chicken wraps are our easy weeknight go to meal. The kids can add whatever they like to them so everyone is happy 🙂

  30. postedOct 6, 2011 7:09 AM
    Lisa @ Life in Green

    My go to weeknight meal pretty simple….roasted chicken breast with some kind of roasted veggies.

  31. postedOct 6, 2011 7:10 AM
    Liz @ Microwave Goddess

    My favorite go-to easy dinner is my One Pot Spaghetti. Delish and easy! The cookbook sounds great!

  32. postedOct 6, 2011 7:13 AM
    Angel Gladden

    Go to meal? That would be whatever meat I have left in the fridge sauteed in a skillet with taco seasoning and sliced onions and bell peppers for a fajita. Yum.

  33. postedOct 6, 2011 7:13 AM

    Love it Lori!! ….and thanks for reminding me I have to shoot my video Monday, lol! Have a great day!

  34. postedOct 6, 2011 7:15 AM

    My favorite go-to is actually a slow cooker meal…place 2 frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot, top with 2 cans black beans (juice and all), 1/2 cup brown rice, and all topped with 16 oz salsa of choice. Cook on low for 6-8 hours—so good! Top with cheese, more salsa, guac or even put it in a tortilla!

  35. postedOct 6, 2011 7:15 AM

    My favorite weeknight dinner is either tacos or pasta. I can have both on the table in 20 minutes and my kids love them!

  36. postedOct 6, 2011 7:21 AM

    I LOVE my slow cooker! I use it every couple of weeks. My go-to is a chicken taco stew recipe that is loaded with beans, corn, tomatoes and chicken. Everyone who has eats it asks for the recipe. It’s so easy! You throw everything in the slow cooker before you leave for work, come home and your meal is ready. I also love this stew because you can easily add your own variations and it’s low calorie, low fat and high fiber. Thanks for the slow cooker recipe! I’ll probably try it this weekend!

  37. postedOct 6, 2011 7:26 AM

    used my slow cooker this week to make super easy Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers! delicious!

  38. postedOct 6, 2011 7:29 AM

    Pork chops with sliced potatoes and onions baked in foil packets in the oven with butter and Morton’s Nature’s Seasons.

  39. postedOct 6, 2011 7:30 AM

    My go-to would probably be some sort of pasta. Or breakfast for dinner!

    This lasagna looks delicious!

  40. postedOct 6, 2011 7:31 AM

    The crockpot is my friend! I love having a chicken cooking away with potatoes and carrots for an instant supper after a busy day! Close seconds would be a lasagna casserole dish, or breakfast foods for supper.

  41. postedOct 6, 2011 7:31 AM

    I would say either Roast or Chalupa. Both can be thrown in frozen into the crockpot that morning and come out fabulous, not tasting effortless at all! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! ~Tabitha

  42. postedOct 6, 2011 7:39 AM
    Barb H

    I do a lot of make ahead meals, so my favorite quick weeknight meal is anything I can pull out of the freezer and either throw in the oven or reheat.

  43. postedOct 6, 2011 7:44 AM
    Linda K

    My go to dinner is usually either spaghetti or beef and bean burritos. I love using my slow cooker especially in the fall and winter.

  44. postedOct 6, 2011 7:45 AM
    Cindy W.

    Our favorite is spaghetti! easy, quick and so good!

  45. postedOct 6, 2011 7:47 AM

    I always make spaghetti if I’m really busy in the evenings.

  46. postedOct 6, 2011 7:49 AM

    I hate to admit it, but our easy go-to meal is either a salad or a coldcuts and cheese (or PB&J) sandwich. But my favorite crock pot meal is a chicken fiesta soup that is SO yummy. I defrost all the ingredients in my crock pot over night, so the acidity of the tomatoes can really tenderize the chicken. Then I turn it on low in the morning before work, and when I come home my crock pot has been cooking all day to make me a warm, healthful meal! And it’s ready for me with no additional prep!! And then my husband and I can eat on it for a week! (It makes a lot!!) Thanks for the giveaway. :]

  47. postedOct 6, 2011 7:49 AM

    Pulled Pork or baked ziti!! My kids love it. No fuss no muss. Anything that has me more organized when I get home from work, I appreciate.

    The lasagna looks great….will have to give it a go.

  48. postedOct 6, 2011 7:50 AM
    Gail Hooper

    Breakfast for Dinner

    cook ground turkey
    add: scallions
    (any vegetable)
    stir until cooked
    add egg whites
    stir until cooked
    top with reduced fat cheddar and cover until melted.

    15 minutes tops – healthy, easy and delicious!

  49. postedOct 6, 2011 7:52 AM
    Karen Padilla

    Spaghetti is so easy that it is my favorite fast “go to” meal.

  50. postedOct 6, 2011 7:52 AM

    My favorite to go is Chicken and rice in the crockpot. Takes about 5 minutes to prepare; when you get home the meal is done and only one pot to clean:) Thanks for this give-a-way!

  51. postedOct 6, 2011 7:53 AM

    My husband has this concoction called Gromlets – think omelet crossed with breakfast burrito made by Gregg. Delish and oh-so-quick.

  52. postedOct 6, 2011 7:57 AM
    Donna K

    quick go to meal is breakfast, scrambled eggs and sausage links. I would love a copy of this book, I use my crockpot as a quick meal savior as well, put in dinner in the morning and it is done when we get home! win, win!

  53. postedOct 6, 2011 7:59 AM

    My favorite quick meal is honestly just pulling a veggie burger out of the fridge and making a sandwich with whatever veggies I have sitting around. Literally takes 5 minutes.

  54. postedOct 6, 2011 8:06 AM

    Our favorite quick weeknight meal is My Mom’s Spaghetti! It is quick to make with a few ingredients. Just ground meat, can of tomato sauce and pasta! I would love this cookbook. I love using my crock pot. Thanks, Terry

  55. postedOct 6, 2011 8:10 AM

    My quick go to meal would be making cheese tortillas.

  56. postedOct 6, 2011 8:11 AM

    My go-to meal is good old spaghetti and meatballs.

  57. postedOct 6, 2011 8:13 AM

    My favorite go to meal is grilled pork chops/chicken (with a quick marinade), salad and a loaf of bread. Easy but yes, I’m in a rut!

  58. postedOct 6, 2011 8:18 AM
    Janine Molnar

    Cereal!! fast and easy!

  59. postedOct 6, 2011 8:19 AM

    My go-to dinner is pasta with jarred spaghetti sauce. Easy to throw together with a side salad and garlic cheesy bread!

  60. postedOct 6, 2011 8:19 AM

    My favorite quick meal is tacos or pizza on the grill – both are always delicious!

  61. postedOct 6, 2011 8:26 AM

    Garlic Basil Tortellini Soup, so quick and easy!

    1 tsp. butter
    2 – 3 cloves of garlic, minced
    32 oz. chicken broth (I use fat free, reduced sodium)
    1/2 cup water
    1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
    1/8 tsp. pepper
    3 cups frozen cheese tortellini
    15 oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

    Saute the garlic in butter until tender, but not browned. Add the chicken broth, water, pepper, and basil, bring to a boil. Add the tortellini, reduce heat slightly, and cook until the tortellini float to the top, about 3 min, stirring if necessary. Add the balsamic vinegar and beans and heat until warmed through.

  62. postedOct 6, 2011 8:26 AM
    Theresa P

    My go to – veggie omelet or egg sandwich. It hits home every time!

  63. postedOct 6, 2011 8:32 AM

    Our quick meals usually involve whatever we have left over from the night before. If we don’t have leftovers, it’s usually eggs in some form.

  64. postedOct 6, 2011 8:35 AM

    I take Trader Joe’s basmati rice mix and chop up a chicken breast and throw it into the pressure cooker. Then, I add chopped artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, tomato, and feta. Or I take the same rice mixture, add broth, extra carrots, celery, onion, and chicken to make a soup, also in the pressure cooker.

  65. postedOct 6, 2011 8:36 AM

    pasta and vegetables

  66. postedOct 6, 2011 8:36 AM
    Jessica M

    my go to meal is taco salad. so yummy and fast!

  67. postedOct 6, 2011 8:42 AM
    Treva Fendrick

    I love grilled, marinated shrimp with rice and a tossed salad

  68. postedOct 6, 2011 8:52 AM
    Michelle Walker

    Spaghetti. BLAH! I am in a rut!

  69. postedOct 6, 2011 8:57 AM

    My favorite quick time meal is meatball pita pockets. I have frozen turkey meatballs and i just warm them up and make a quick spaghetti sauce and toss them in the pita with mozarella cheese. Super easy and the family loves it!!

  70. postedOct 6, 2011 9:06 AM
    Joanie from CLBB

    Lori, were you around when the CL Superfast book hit the BB? There was a slow-cooker lasagna from that which was a big hit for most reviewing–I need to try again, it wasn’t a winner with us. Maybe this recipe might work better…
    Hee, twinkies and ice cream…Our best fast weeknight meal is 1) summer–tomato sandwich! and 2) fall/winter–CL’s Turkey Sausage Italian soup–I usually have some cooked hot turkey sausage frozen, so it’s quick and handy.
    P.S. I see Recipe Boy has his prize-winning recipe up now, woohoo! He is a cutie! That pie looks so decadent! I left him a little comment…

  71. postedOct 6, 2011 9:08 AM

    My quick go to is definitely an omelet. We always have eggs, cheese and some sort of veggies to throw in!

  72. postedOct 6, 2011 9:10 AM

    Easiest Week day meal

    Homemade Hmabruger helper
    White Cheddar Mac & Cheese
    Ground Beef
    Frozen Veggies

    Make Mac & Cheese as directed, add cooked ground beef and cooked frozen veggies, and mix. Top with Cheese.

  73. postedOct 6, 2011 9:26 AM

    tacos for sure!

  74. postedOct 6, 2011 9:26 AM

    chicken pasta since we always have the stuff needed

  75. postedOct 6, 2011 9:30 AM

    My go to meal is Spaghetti (with jar spaghetti sauce)

  76. postedOct 6, 2011 9:35 AM
    melissa r.

    I make a Buffalo Shrimp that is super simple and fast. Just put melt butter and Red Hot in a pot throw in some frozen shrimp. It takes about 10-15 minutes to cook, with just an occasional stir) then all you need is some blue cheese for dipping and if we’ve got it, some celery or salad. It’s a hit in my house so it’s on heavy rotation, usually on nights with no time to really prepare anything.

  77. postedOct 6, 2011 9:40 AM


  78. postedOct 6, 2011 9:40 AM
    Ashley R.

    My go to meals tend to be breakfast foods, like french toast or pancakes, since we always have that stuff on hand.

  79. postedOct 6, 2011 9:53 AM

    Taco soup
    1 can chick broth
    1 can rotel tomatoes
    1 can refried beans

    Is the basic recipe–then add what you want–
    beef, corn, peppers or sour cream.
    It was originally a low cal recipe!

  80. postedOct 6, 2011 9:56 AM

    My go-to meal is Tacos, they are so simple yet so yummy!

  81. postedOct 6, 2011 10:09 AM

    Turkey Meatloaf is my go to meal! I love making a healthy version of meatloaf with ground turkey…usually have dinner on the table in 1 hour 🙂

  82. postedOct 6, 2011 10:11 AM

    My favorite weeknight dish is meatloaf, made on the weekend and popped into the oven later in the week.

  83. postedOct 6, 2011 10:17 AM
    Tracy B.

    My favourite weeknight supper is grilled salmon with steamed veggies (whatever is in the fridge). I am going to try your slow cooked lasagna though – looks great!

  84. postedOct 6, 2011 10:45 AM
    Holly H.

    Beef or Chicken tacos out of the crockpot – just shred and eat!

  85. postedOct 6, 2011 10:51 AM

    My favorite quick go-to meal is oven baked salmon, with whole wheat couscous and some steamed veggies. It’s quick, easy, and healthy!

  86. postedOct 6, 2011 11:03 AM
    Ruthanne Degen

    My favorite weeknight dish is Spicy Italian Sausage with Capers over Penne Pasta
    Bring Water to Boil Put Pasta (1 box) on to cook (undercook by 2 mintues)
    In another pot bring enought water to cover 1 lb Italian Sausage links ( I use sweet so I can make as hot as I like) to a boil, turn down and simmer for 20 minutes Drain and cut sausage in coins, in same pan add 2 tbs olive oil when oil is hot add sausage coins,1/8 red pepper flakes (more if you like it hotter) and 3 cloves of garlic minced
    Cook until sausage is browned/crispy. Add 1 jar of Classico Roasted Garlic Alfredo. Toss in cooked pasta and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Add 1 ½ Tbls Capers and serve Big hit for my family I serve with a side salda
    Serves 4

  87. postedOct 6, 2011 11:09 AM

    Nothing like a fast chicken and veggie stir-fry on a busy weeknight!

  88. postedOct 6, 2011 11:18 AM
    Megan S.

    I’d say a big salad, breakfast, or slow-cooker pulled pork/chicken!

  89. postedOct 6, 2011 11:26 AM

    If we are in a hurry we usually make some kind of pasta.

  90. postedOct 6, 2011 11:31 AM

    Definitely spaghettii, sauce, and garlic bread.

  91. postedOct 6, 2011 11:41 AM

    My favorite easy, go-to weeknight meal would be homemade pizza! I always have some sort of tomato sauce and cheese on hand, and there’s always an assortment of veggies in the house. All I need to do is pick up the pizza dough at the store!

  92. postedOct 6, 2011 11:44 AM


  93. postedOct 6, 2011 11:45 AM

    We love breakfast tacos when we need a quick yummy meal. That lasagna is going on my list though! Yum!

  94. postedOct 6, 2011 12:01 PM

    I am doing this this weekend!

  95. postedOct 6, 2011 12:20 PM

    Quick fish fillets in the oven. They cook so fast with minimal prep work. Serve some veggies on the side and maybe some rice and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes.

  96. postedOct 6, 2011 12:21 PM

    Chili in the crockpot.

  97. postedOct 6, 2011 1:31 PM
    Jenn K

    My favorite quick meal is always turkey tacos. I could eat tacos every day, so I at least need to have them once a week. And using ground turkey instead of hamburger makes me feel a little less guilty 🙂

  98. postedOct 6, 2011 1:38 PM

    My favorite go to meal would be eggs and bacon.

  99. postedOct 6, 2011 1:43 PM

    This DOES look so great for those busy weeknights! Excited to try this!

  100. postedOct 6, 2011 1:46 PM
    Julie nunziato

    tacos. they seem to be the quickest for me & always have everything on hand!

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