Crock Pot Spinach Lasagna

by jenna on January 11, 2013

Let’s talk about how it’s somehow already mid-January. What?

It feels so weird to think that five months from today I’ll be an old married woman. I just realized as I typed that sentence that my birthday is also five months from today. Old married woman, indeed! Before we know it, I’ll be driving kiddos to soccer practice, making casseroles for neighbors and going to bed at 9pm on a Friday.

Okay, I’ll stop now. Sorry! I already make casseroles for neighbors and go to bed at 9pm on Friday {not every Friday, okay?} so at least I’ll have those two things figured out. Sometimes this blog turns into my own little stream of consciousness. I don’t know why lasagna in the crock pot made me think of all those things, but it did. Also on my mind right now in case you were wondering: how delicious that In n’ Out burger I ate yesterday for lunch was, how well my new purple shampoo is working and how I need to figure out a menu for both tonight and tomorrow night because we have friends coming over for dinner both nights this weekend.

Let’s now talk about Crock Pot Lasagna. I’m ready and it’s totally a thing! Did you know that? I didn’t, but I’m doing a bit of recipe development work for Crock Pot and decided to give it a whirl {the pretty blue Crock you see in the photo above is part of their new “create-a-crock” line}. You guys are never going to believe how amazing this is….or how simple. Simplicity is what I love most about using my Crock Pot. I love that I’m practically guaranteed a delicious dinner if I just throw everything in in the morning, turn it on low and just go about my day. So far, it’s never failed me and this new recipe is the icing on the cake {or, ummm, the cheese on the lasagna}.

To make this lasagna, you just assemble everything right in your slow cooker the same exact way you would assemble it if you were using a regular square baking dish.

I spread a little marinara sauce at the bottom of the pot….then covered that with two “no-boil” noodles {these are the best!}. On the sides, I placed some bits of broken noodle because I’m a neurotic perfectionist.

Then, I spread a mixture of spinach and cheese on top followed by a few slices of some spicy smoked sausage I had on hand. I continued layering almost all the way to the top then scattered the remaining mozzerella cheese on top.

Finally, it was time to place the lid on the pot, turn the Crock Pot to LOW and let her slow cook for about five hours. My kitchen smelled like heaven and yours will, too!

Here’s the beauty I discovered at the end of the afternoon. Gorgeous, puffy, cheesy spinach lasagna…just the way I like it.

And it wasn’t just pretty — it tasted yummy, too! Adam and I ate it for dinner last night and loved it.

Happy Friday, folks! You guys are the cheese on my lasagna noodles.

Crock Pot Spinach and Sausage Lasagna

serves 4

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Ingredients:

1 16-oz bag frozen chopped spinach

6 oz spicy sausage, sliced (optional but delicious)

1 15-oz container ricotta cheese

1 cup mozzarella cheese

1 large jar (26 oz) marinara sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

10 “no-boil” lasagna noodles

Directions:

Place frozen chopped spinach in a large microwave safe container with a lid. Microwave on high for three minutes. Remove lid and stir then cook again for another two minutes, or until heated through. Remove spinach from the bowl and wrap tightly in a clean dish cloth or paper towels to squeeze out all the liquid. Do not forget to do this step — it’s important to get out as much liquid as you can from the spinach so you don’t end up with watery lasagna!

Place drained cooked spinach in a large mixing bowl. Add ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup shredded mozzerella cheese, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.

Pour enough sauce to cover the bottom of your Crock Pot. Lay two lasagna noodles flat side-by-side at the bottom of the pot. If you like, you can break apart another noodle to fit in the sides.

Spread about a fourth of the cheese mixture on top of the noodles. It’s easiest to use your hands here! Then, scatter about four slices of sausage on top of the cheese. Drizzle about 1/4 cup marinara sauce on top and then layer two more noodles. Repeat until you have five layers. Spread remaining sauce on top of the final layer and scatter the rest of the mozzerella cheese on top.

Place lid on the Crock Pot and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours. Lasagna will puff up when done. When ready to serve, cut squares of lasagna out of the Crock Pot to serve.

Time:

active time — 15 minutes

total time — 5 hours

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megan @ whatmegansmaking January 11, 2013 at 3:28 am

I tried crockpot lasagna before and unfortunately it was one of the worst things I’ve ever made – the noodles were soggy and limp and in general just awful. Yours looks so much better though, so I wonder if I did something wrong? Maybe I’ll get brave enough to try again… although I think my husband has developed a complex about it haha. Either way yours looks great :)

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Em January 11, 2013 at 4:23 am

What a delicious, easy, awesome idea! I might try this tonight.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 11, 2013 at 4:32 am

Lasagna in the crockpot is such a great idea! I’d totally do the same thing with the broken noodle bits too. I can just see it now, you driving your SUV with kiddies jumping out for soccer practice and you carrying a cooler of awesome half time snacks. You’re going to be such a great mom one day Jenna!

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Kelly Torp January 11, 2013 at 4:48 am

Did you cook this sausage first? This looks delicious!

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jenna January 11, 2013 at 7:49 am

Nope, because I used fully cooked spicy sausage. I just thinly sliced it and tossed it in!

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Shannon January 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm

I currently have this in my slow cooker right now…and read the comments after which was a big mistake. You should edit the recipe to clarify that you used fully cooked sausage because I just assumed since it didn’t say that it was not cooked and I didn’t pre-cook since I am not a star in the kitchen I just follow your recipe to a T. I hope the sausage cooks in the slow cooker or there goes $35 and a dinner fail! :(

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jenna January 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm

It totally will cook!

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Shannon January 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Ok, it did! OMG – it was FRIGGIN AMAZE! So so so so so good! Thank you! Sorry I had a bit of a panic after I read that comment! haha! :)

Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady January 11, 2013 at 4:57 am

This looks amazing! I love lasagna! I’d of never thought to put it in the crock pot.

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles January 11, 2013 at 5:09 am

Thank you for giving me an excuse to make dinner out of my slow cooker for the third time this week. Seriously obsessed with the thing.

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joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 11, 2013 at 5:36 am

This is an AMAZING idea…….. although I’m sure my hardcore Italian grandma would be freaking out at this idea.

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 11, 2013 at 5:46 am

this is amazing! I wanted to my lagsana for my girlfriends that are coming to visit next weekend, I am totally using this recipe!

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Elizabeth January 11, 2013 at 5:49 am

This looks delicious! Always looking for a good crock pot recipe. Thanks for sharing!!

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Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch January 11, 2013 at 5:57 am

Slow cooker meals are always some of my favorites and this lasagna looks perfect, Jenna!

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Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection January 11, 2013 at 6:11 am

I love this idea. I recently made spaghetti in the crock pot, but now I need to try this lasagna. I love that you added spinach and sausage. Yum!

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Melissa January 11, 2013 at 6:18 am

This looks amazing. I’m totally making it this weekend–thanks for sharing, Jenna! And congrats on your upcoming nuptials!

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie January 11, 2013 at 6:24 am

I love my crock pot too. Although it can be a little finicky when I cook smaller volumes in it because it always cooks faster than I want it to, even on low. But I definitely need to try this

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Tammy January 11, 2013 at 6:24 am

Hey Jenna- this looks great! Thank you. What is purple shampoo- lol?

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jenna January 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

It’s for blonde hair to bring out highlights more :)

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Tammy January 11, 2013 at 8:48 am

Wonderful! I need to get some as I pay to get blonded up:)

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Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} January 11, 2013 at 6:34 am

I never would have guessed you could make lasagna in the crockpot! Very cool.

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Lindsay January 11, 2013 at 6:39 am

Nice! Did you use store bought for the marinara?

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jenna January 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

I did — trader joes! :)

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Annie @ What's Annie Making? January 11, 2013 at 6:56 am

I love this idea! I’m working on perfecting my veggie lasagna recipe right now so I’ll have to see if it works in my crock pot.

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Ilana January 11, 2013 at 7:13 am

This recipe looks great. What if you can’t be back in 5 hours and the lasagna ends up cooking on low for 7 or 8 hours? Will it be ruined?

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jenna January 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

This is one crock pot recipe that I highly recommend you checking after five hours since it’s pasta and can dry out and burn if it’s in there all day long…I recommend making this on a day (weekend, maybe?) that you know you’ll be around five hours later!

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richard January 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

Alton Brown did a slow cooker lasagna once. But, he filled the whole pot with ingredients. I tried it and it was not a success. Well it tasted really good. But, the whole pot full of pasta and cheese was kind of a turn off. No one liked the idea even though we admitted it did taste good. Your way makes a lot more sense.

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whitney January 11, 2013 at 7:57 am

while skeptical, i’ve always wanted to try this! thanks for assuaging my hesitations.

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Malkire January 11, 2013 at 8:04 am

The crockpot is such a wonderful winter treat. I love coming home to a hot meal that has slowly cooked and filled the house with a delicious aroma after work. This looks fantastic.

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Maryz January 11, 2013 at 8:07 am

This looks yummy!!

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Shelly January 11, 2013 at 8:08 am

Do you think fresh spinach would work for this? My husband and I both bought large quantities of fresh spinach this week and I want to try and use it all!

Thanks, I love your blog!

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kim@hungryhealthygirl January 11, 2013 at 8:09 am

Love this!! I just bought everything to make a lasagna, I think I’ll give it a try in the crock-pot.

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Heather January 11, 2013 at 8:09 am

I can’t wait to make this over the weekend. Jenna, what kind of crock pot do you have? Trying to convince a friend to get one – but don’t know what type to recommend. Thanks for posting the recipe!

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Jennifer V. January 11, 2013 at 8:11 am

I may give this a try! Thank you!!

Ramblings of a Suburban Mom

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Liz January 11, 2013 at 8:32 am

This is really interesting and it does look pretty tasty, but I wonder… aren’t there some things which are NOT simpler made in a slow cooker? Lasagna made with no-boil noodles seems like one of them. If you’re going to layer it all into the crock pot, why not layer it into a pan and cook it in the oven? I get the idea of having it done when you get home from work or something (although if you work full-time you’ll be gone a lot longer than 5 hours.) But, lasagna only takes 40 minutes or so to cook. So why not prepare it, put it in the fridge, and then pop it in the oven when you get home? (I happened to make lasagna the other day, boiling the noodles, and was reminded that it’s actually quick and easy even though for some reason I always imagine it’s a hassle.)

Also, unfortunately, it’s missing my favorite browned cheese on top, which the oven creates nicely. :-)

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Liz January 11, 2013 at 8:34 am

An addendum… do you think you could make this with regular noodles (the kind you would normally boil) and after 5-6 hours (or better yet, 10 hours, the amount of time I might be gone) and the noodles would be cooked? Then that would make the process simpler than making traditional boil-the-noodles lasagna.

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emme January 11, 2013 at 10:10 am

Liz, I agree. And this requires a more oval-shaped slow cooker, versus the round one I’ve got on hand. Yours did turn out pretty, though, Jenna.

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Anna January 22, 2013 at 7:25 am

Liz–I did it with regular (not no bake noodles) and it turned out totally cooked! I think with being in the slow cooker so long, you can get away with regular. I actually used whole wheat regular lasagna noodles and they were cooked just fine.

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Donna February 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

Coming from an all Italian family, my mother used to cook the noodles beforehand but the last several years, uses the uncooked, regular noodles in the oven and they even cook!

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Jen January 12, 2013 at 1:10 am

I think this is just another method…there’s a lot of things you can prepare before work and cook when you get home instead of using a crock pot…chicken and veggies, roast, soup…you can grill, bake or boil any of those. So Jenna’s recipe is just another ‘inventive’ way to use a crock pot I guess.

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Lisa January 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

Hi Liz,
I completely get where you are coming from. Lasagna is actually a pretty quick dish to put together, if you have your sauce made in advance or use jarred.
With that said, I have this in the crock-pot as I type. I put it together around 10:30 AM and it has been bubbling away as I prep food for the rest of the week. I’ve been aware of lasagna in the crock-pot for some time now, but Jenna’s recipe intrigued me, and when it comes to food, will pretty much give anything a try once. Having the lasagna cook in the crock-pot has allowed me to use my oven for other things. Like lemon lavender shortbread cookies. :)

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Lisa January 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

Oh, and I forgot to add the top of the lasagna looks pretty brown, so if you decide to give this recipe a whirl, you won’t have to miss your crusty, brown top. :)

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natalie @ will jog for food January 11, 2013 at 8:35 am

This is exactly why I need to buy a crockpot!

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Carley January 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

Genius. Crock pot for the win. Every. Single. Day. of. my. life.

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Kristin Healy January 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

I recently made spinach lasagna with the no boil noodles and Rao’s sauce in the oven, and the noodles didn’t cut or chew well… I dislike boiling noodles b/c they always seem to stick together as I’m assembling. Will try this; maybe longer slower cooking is better for the no-boil variety?

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Madison January 11, 2013 at 9:17 am

That looks amazing!!! I usually don’t think crockpot and lasagna: so that makes me happy. Combining 2 things I love! :)

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Bridget January 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

That looks amazing! I am getting married in 8 months (So excited too!) and I already know I’m gonna take that little scanner gun and add a crock-pot on the registry, because that lasagna looks like heaven!

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Marissa January 11, 2013 at 9:40 am

Yum! Totally going to try this out. I hate cooking lasagna noodles and trying not to rip them as I arrange them! :)

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Caroline L. January 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

No way. This is perfection. Wow.

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Ella January 11, 2013 at 9:50 am

YESSSSSSS. I can do this! My pet peeve is crock pot recipes where you have to sautee or brown things beforehand. That defeats the whole purpose of a crockpot, which is NO prep and (almost) NO dishes!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks January 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

I’ve always wondered how lasagna can come together in a slow cooker…great step-by-step pics and I love the hearty use of spinach in it. Looks sooooo good, Jenna!

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a farmer in the dell January 11, 2013 at 10:07 am

I totally agree! time is flying this year! im not sure how I feel about this. At least there are simple things like crock pot lasagna to help get us through! yum

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Janna January 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

And I thought lasagna couldn’t get any simpler, then you went and blew my mind. I never thought of crock pot lasagna or even cooking a layered dish in the crock pot. For some reason I’ve boxed my mind into only doing soups, stews and oatmeal.

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Renee January 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

the lasagna looks good, but hearing about your In N Out Burger makes my mouth water. SInce I live in Ohio, I can only get those amazing burgers, fries & shakes when I am in LA or Vegas.

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Julia January 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

I love crockpot lasagna. I made it a while back and it was easy and tasted great. I want to try your recipe–it looks delicious.

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Annalise January 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Genius, Jenna! Adding this to my menu plan for next week.

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Julia {The Roasted Root} January 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I’ve been meaning to crock a lasagna for some time now and your recipe is making me hop to it! Love how healthy, delicious and satisfying it looks. AND it’s made in a crock! Have a great weekend!

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Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite January 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Genius, simply genius!

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Makenzie Ann January 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Shut the front door. Yum

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Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake January 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm

What a genius idea to make it in the crock pot! Love it!

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Emily @ Life on Food January 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

This post made me smile for so many reason. What a great line, “You guys are the cheese on my lasagna noodles.” I am totally stealing it for my husband’s Valentine’s card.

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Tami January 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Sadly, bet you go to bed long before 9…. I have been in bed since 730

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rachel January 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm

i am making this sunday to take to work for the week! this looks like it will freeze really well :)

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Luv What You Do January 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Thank you for this recipe!!! My boyfriend has been craving lasagna and I’d love to let my crockpot do the work : )

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Ashley@cupcakesncrunches January 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Oh my goodness – I’m adding this to my weekly menu! Looks amazing!

And I am in my pajamas and ready to curl up in bed with a book. I’m an old soul too and I’m not ashamed to admit it. :)

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm

This looks SO delicious, and I love that you provide a vegetarian option!

P.s. Your Crock Pot is absolutely adorable! :)

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Erica January 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

Awesome! You post the best recipes!! going to bed at 9 PM is wonderful ;)

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Katie January 12, 2013 at 8:22 am

Love, love, love the gingham check crock pot (please tell them I heart polka dots) and the recipe. I actually just posted some crock pot love too at http://www.thehumbleonion.com. Keep the recipes coming.
Thanks!

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Tami@nutmegnotebook January 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Was it easy to get the lasagna out of the crock pot in neat servings? Sure looks good!

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Shaina January 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

That is so weird, I was JUST thinking how the one kitchen appliance I don’t have and really want is a slow cooker because I keep seeing such good recipes!!! The create-a-crock idea is so cool, I think I know what to ask for for my birthday :)

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jan January 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Mmmm that looks so easy and tasty! I never thought of lasagne in the crock pot..

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Meredith @ The Coupon Bride January 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Wow, this looks amazing! I’ve been looking for more recipes for my new crock pot – never would have thought of lasagna!

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Andrea @ Mrswebbinthekitchen January 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm

How great is that?!? I love coming home from work and not having to get out the pans, cutting board, knives, etc etc… And I haven’t tried crock pot lasagna yet, can’t wait to try this one out! Thanks!

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Allison January 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

You’re getting married on your birthday??

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Melissa January 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I love lasagna and crock pots, and just the title of this post made me start drooling. Though that could be because its almost dinner time…

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Becky @ Olives n Wine January 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Holy moly. This looks deliciously easy, an emphasis on the easy part! This would be perfect for a Sunday lunch, put it in the crockpot and them it’ll be ready shortly after you get back home after church!

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Jennifer January 14, 2013 at 6:36 am

This will be the FIRST recipe I am going to cook in my beautiful new crockpot that we got for our wedding. My hubby has been asking when I was going to find some crockpot dinners…and this looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for posting :)

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laura January 14, 2013 at 9:16 am

Made this for Sunday night dinner, was DELICIOUS!! thank you I love your blog!!

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Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book January 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

i love those no-boil noodles… i just found out about them a year ago and have been using them ever since. one day, i’ll make my own noodles.

do you like the slow cooker lasagna better than oven lasagna?

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April January 15, 2013 at 8:21 am

Where can i get that cute crock pot? I love the blue checker pattern…

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Sarah @ The Chef Next Door January 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm

This looks sooooo good! I love lasagna but don’t make it very often because it’s so time consuming! I love my Crock Pot too and will definitely be making this very soon! :)

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Sheila January 16, 2013 at 6:58 am

Do you think that fresh spinach would work? This sounds delicious and easy, which I need during tax season!

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jenna January 16, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I would cook the spinach first, but yes – fresh spinach would totally work!

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AsiaRuth January 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Hi Jenna glad that i found your site love how you cook . I haven’t try making lasagna in a Crock- Pot but i am sure going to tried . Thank you

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Lori @ RecipeGirl January 17, 2013 at 9:09 am

Yeah! Love beefing up the ‘ol Slow Cooker recipe collection with recipes that are worth making! Looks great!

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bekah January 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

This was delish but beware–I used an all clad slow cooker on low and it only needed 4 hours tops. Almost ruined mine.

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Lisa January 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Just made this today with raw baby spinach – superb! This is a definite keeper!

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Kris January 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

This looks so good. I’m going to make it on Sunday!

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Linnea January 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

I’ve never tried no boil noodles. I never made lasagna more than once because of the difficulty of cooking those long noodles. So…reading through everyone’s comments: you can use regular noodles, NOT boiled ahead of time? Lay them in uncooked just like you did with the unboiled kind? Do you have to add extra sauce or liquid to compensate?

I was in love with the Sara Lee vegetable lasagna I used to buy at their outlet stores (which sadly are no more). That was mostly spinach, but some other vegetables too. It also used a creamy sauce (probably a cheesy white sauce) in between the layers, rather than a tomato sauce. I would love to find a version of this to make.
Thank you.

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Jessica January 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm

No, you don’t need extra liquid. Just make sure the noodles are COMPLETELY covered on both sides with sauce. Anything that isn’t covered won’t soften properly and will just get crunchy. I always put a layer of sauce under the noodle layer, then smear the top with a thin layer of sauce, then top with veggies, ricotta/mozz, then sauce, lasagna noodles, sauce, cheese, veggies, and repeat, etc. Works perfectly every time.

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Jessica January 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I forgot to say: Just don’t forget to leave a little bit of room between noodles so they can expand as they soften! It’s not a big deal if you don’t; they will still cook properly. The lasagna will just look a little “wavy.” :D

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jenna January 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Good tip!

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Linnea January 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Thanks so much! I bought the ingredients today.

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Jessica January 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I made this last night for lunch today, and it was great! I subbed tempeh sausage, cashew ricotta, and Daiya cheese so it was dairy-free/vegan. I also added sauteed mushrooms. Super delicious lasagna, and the easiest I’ve ever made!

To add to what others said, yeah – you definitely don’t need to use the “no boil” noodles. I never boil lasagna noodles first, even when I bake a lasagna; just layer them with sauce, cheese, veg, etc., and they cook while they bake. I always use regular organic lasagna noodles and they cook perfectly every time without boiling.

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April January 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

FAIL :) that is all I have to say about my attempt at this lasagna last night. I was very excited and opened to lid to the crockpot to show my husband with a smile ear to ear. I couldn’t scoop the portions out quick enough. First bite I thought—this can’t be, another bite—yep, I am going to either cry or get sick. Ha! Frozen spinach brings up memories from my childhood that I buried away into the deepest corners of my mind.
I realized last night, even though I am in my thirties, I can’t and won’t ever eat frozen spinach again. So, I sadly watched as the entire pot of gooey cheese and perfectly cooked noodles spun into the abyss of our garbage disposal. Then I ate a PB&J because that’s a childhood memory I can stomach (no pun–maybe a little).

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Donna February 11, 2013 at 8:29 am

This seems almost impossible that the spinach didn’t cook and the rest did. Even if you put the spinach in frozen (not defrosted, not cooked), given the length of time in the crockpot would certainly mean it would cook through. Very strange.

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Laurel February 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Into the crock pot for dinner tonight…. My crock pot is one of the rounder ones so we’ll see how well it does in there.

I’m slowly falling in love with my crock pot. It is so much easier getting dinner on the table now that I have a little one to care for. She starts to melt down at the end of the day and it is hard to get things done at the dinner hour. I have much more success earlier in the day. I throw things in after finishing up my lunch, and things are good to go when hubby gets home from work! :) Fantastic!!

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Donna February 11, 2013 at 8:30 am

This seems almost impossible to have the spinach still frozen. Even if you didn’t defrost or cook it beforehand, I would think that given the length of time in the crockpot, the spinach would heat through. Very strange.

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Sara February 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

I’ve made this twice in the last few weeks. So delicious! The lasagna feeds me and my boyfriend dinner for three days. I ended up using fresh spinach that I sauteed and it turned out wonderfully. Thanks for the recipe! This will be in my regular rotation.

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marsha May 7, 2013 at 3:38 am

love all the recipes i have ever tried from your website. can’t wait to try this. i love the idea of using my crockpot but generally have mediocre results as i am out of the house for about 8-10 hours and then usually whatever i try ends up overcooked (even though my crockpot theoretically has a timer on it). my question is, if i preassemble this when i leave for work in the morning, is there any problem with my husband basically just turning the crockpot on around noon so we can shoot for dinner time? or will the sauce and noodles somehow suffer with that planned delay? (oversoak?)
thanks!

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