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Slow Cooker 12 Layer Lasagna

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Do you call it a crock pot or a slow cooker? Wikipedia, the web's seemingly final word on everything, calls it a slow cooker. However in Kentucky, where I grew up, it's most definitely called a crock pot, so that's how I still refer to mine. If you don't own one, I highly recommend you making the investment as it's a life saver for anyone who needs to cook but who also works or has a busy schedule. Wait a minute, isn't that all parents and caregivers?!

I've been making Veggie Lasagna and gluten-free Mexican Tortilla Lasagna in my crock pot for years, but since both of my kids have been liking ground meat, turkey and chicken lately, I've been making this healthy version using meat to rave reviews from my crew. After all, what's more fun than twelve layers of pasta, cheese, and luscious sauce? Chloe said it looked like a tower the first time I put it on her plate, while Kenya (in total boy fashion) yelled "timber!" as he pushed his right over.

12 Layer Lasagana

Other than the ease with which you can make it, the best part about this recipe is that it makes enough to feed a crowd if you want to serve it at a party. I make it in my crock pot, put the lid back on (after everyone taken their share) and when it's cooled I pop the crock pot insert into the fridge to reheat any remaining servings over the next few days, so there's minimum clean up to boot!

So crock pot...slow cooker...no matter what you call it, you'll definitely be calling this easy and delectable dish a winner after eating it with your family!

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Slow Cooker 12 Layer Lasagna  (serves 12 )

  • Prep Time: 25 mins,
  • Cook Time: 4 hrs,
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Do you call it a crock pot or a slow cooker? Wikipedia, the web's seemingly final word on everything, calls it a slow cooker. However in Kentucky, where I grew up, it's most definitely called a crock pot, so that's how I still refer to mine. If you...

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds dark meat ground turkey
  • 2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 6-ounce cans tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried italian herbs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 16 ounces grated mozzarella cheese, about 4-5 cups
  • 1 pound dried lasagna noodles, uncooked

Preparation

  1. 1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large sauce pot over medium heat. Add the turkey and cook for 5 minutes, until cooked though, breaking apart any chunks with the side of a wooden spoon to make bite sized pieces. Remove the turkey to a plate, and then drain the liquid.
  2. 2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the pot, then onions and cook for 5 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. 3. Return the turkey to the pot, add the drained tomatoes, tomato paste, salt and italian herbs. Bring to a boil, and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the sauce thickens slightly.
  4. 4. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and mix in the cottage and parmesan cheeses.
  5. 5. In the crock pot, spread a thin layer of the tomato sauce, a single layer of the dried lasagna noodles (I break them into pieces and slightly overlap to fit the crock pot), 1/3 of the cottage cheese mixture, and 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layering until you have 3 layers of each, ending with mozzarella cheese.
  6. 6. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  7. 7. Turn off the crock pot, remove the lid, and allow to rest for 20 minutes before serving. This will help the lasagna keep its shape.
  8. Note: My crockpot is 6.5 quarts. You may need to use less per layer to fit a smaller crock pot.
  9. Note: You can also use lean ground beef.
Slow Cooker 12 Layer Lasagna

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  1. Eleanor

    August 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Just got the Weelicious cookbook after feeling some harsh mother’s guilt when I was packing the same thing for my daughter for lunch at daycare day after day. I love it! Now I’m loving the delicious recipes on your site. Looking forward to making this one!

  2. Joanna

    June 13, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Ok, so, first off, Crock Pot vs Slow Cooker….

    My hubs nitpicks on this one a lot. :) Kleenex vs Tissue, Q-tip vs cotton swab, Coke vs pop/soda. Part regional, part common usage, it all boils down to brand vs product. Most people would ask for a kleenex rather than a tissue, no matter the brand in the box because kleenex has become synonymous for tissues, who doesn’t call a cotton swab a tooth pick these days? And a Crock Pot is simple a brand of slow cooker. :)

    That said, OMG THAT LOOKS AMAZINGLY GOOD! I just got myself a new to me crock pot at a yard sale recently so I’m looking forward to trying it out! Might have to be with this recipe!

  3. Liz

    April 22, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    My son has an egg allergy, can the eggs be omitted or is there a substitute I can use? Thanks!

  4. RecipeBoy (Brooks Lange)

    March 14, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Wow this looks awesome Catherine! I might need to make this sweet lasagna for my family! Although I personally would add something that is easily recognizable and widely loved, like bacon. Bacon would make this dish an absolute must for me. :)

    -The RecipeBoy

  5. Emily

    February 12, 2014 at 1:01 am

    This turned out delicious, but I would love to see a video of this (or your veggie lasagna) for proper technique. I think I really screwed up the proportions because I had a whole lot of the tomato sauce leftover (enough to make a whole pot of spaghetti with…) but didn’t seem to have enough of the cheese mixture. However, the flavor is great and we’ve been happily eating it as a leftover for days!

  6. Lesley

    January 28, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    This is one of my first slow cooker successes! Thank you!! :)

  7. HeatherChristo

    January 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I LOVE that you made this in a slow cooker. Basically you are a genius.

  8. Kathy - Panini Happy

    January 27, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    12 layers? This lasagna is kind of epic!! :)

  9. Stephanie Raser

    January 27, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Made this yesterday it was very good. I think my crock pot must cooks fast, I had it on low for 4 1/2 – 5 hrs and it was a little burned on the bottom. so it was a little dry, next time less time and I will add mushrooms. Nice coming home and dinner was ready!!!

  10. nancymar

    January 27, 2014 at 2:19 am

    My mother-in-law taught me to make oven lasagna with dry noodles 43 years ago. She passed in July last year. Miss her. Will make this for ease but will use homemade low fat ricotta. I love the stuff.

  11. sarah

    January 26, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    This recipe is awesome! I’m so excited to try it this week! However, one little issue… My 2 year old recently won’t go near anything with tomato chunks. Could I just omit the diced tomatoes? Or would I need to add something else in its place to get the right consistency?

    • Catherine McCord

      January 27, 2014 at 10:49 pm

      I would use a 28 ounce can of unseasoned tomato sauce in place of the tomatoes!

      • sarah

        February 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm

        Okay perfect! Thanks!

  12. Nicole

    January 26, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Oh my goodness. You saved my life! My husband has been asking me to make lasagna for the past 4 months. I just haven’t had the time to get it made. I am so grateful for you n posting this genius idea. Looove.

  13. Kim Beaulieu

    January 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I need to try this one. I’m a lasagna fanatic. Can’t get enough of it.

  14. Kate Ramos

    January 26, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Oh, yum! That’s the most beautiful thing I ever seen come out of a crock pot!

  15. Melissa Friedrichsen

    January 25, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Would this work to assemble the night before? The recipe looks great, I just might not have time to do all the assembly before leaving for school and work!

    • Catherine McCord

      January 27, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      I think it would be okay to assemble the night before and store in the fridge!

  16. Paula – bell’alimento

    January 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Great slow cooker recipe that would be perfect for a weeknight meal!

  17. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    January 25, 2014 at 7:51 am

    So smart! Looks the the perfect comfort food for our cold weather.

  18. JB

    January 25, 2014 at 1:20 am

    I think I have the main dish to the Valentine’s Day dinner I’d like to make for my hubby. :)

  19. Melodie

    January 25, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Do you ever sneak in some grated zucchini or other veg to the meat sauce?

  20. Maria

    January 24, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Can you replace the dark meat ground turkey for ground beef?

    • Catherine McCord

      January 27, 2014 at 10:53 pm

      Yes! No need to make any other changes to the recipe, either!

  21. Rebekah C

    January 24, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Would this work if you use ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese?

  22. Jill

    January 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Are these the no-boil lasagna noodles or just the regular kind but uncooked?

    • Catherine McCord

      January 24, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      The regular kind! They have plenty of time to cook in the crock pot! :)

  23. Candice

    January 24, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Crock Pot is a brand name, the device itself is a slow cooker. (Like how Q-tips are actually cotton swabs but everyone calls all cotton swabs Q-tips.)

    This looks delish… it’s the best slow cooker lasagna recipe I’ve seen, where it doesn’t look like a soup coming out.

    • Diana

      January 24, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Ha! That was exactly the example I was going to offer!