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 mins

nut free

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. 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. 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. 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. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and mix in the cottage and parmesan cheeses.

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. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

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.



Note: My crockpot is 6.5 quarts. You may need to use less per layer to fit a smaller crock pot.

Note: You can also use lean ground beef.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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37 comments

  • Candice

    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.

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    • Diana

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

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  • Jill

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

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    • Catherine McCord

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

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  • Rebekah C

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

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    • Catherine McCord

      Yes it would!

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  • Maria

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

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    • Catherine McCord

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

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  • Melodie

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

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    • Catherine McCord

      I don't, but I think that would work great!

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  • JB

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

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  • Aimee Simple Bites

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

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  • Paula – bell’alimento

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

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  • Melissa Friedrichsen

    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!

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    • Catherine McCord

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

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  • Kate Ramos

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

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  • Kim Beaulieu

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

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  • Nicole

    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.

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  • Sarah

    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?

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    • Catherine McCord

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

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  • Nancymar

    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.

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  • Stephanie Raser

    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!!!

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  • Kathy Panini Happy

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

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  • HeatherChristo

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

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  • Lesley

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

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  • Emily

    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!

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  • Liz

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

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  • Joanna

    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!

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  • Eleanor

    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!

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  • Kim

    I'd like to cook in oven in a casserole dish. What do u suggest?? Also the veget lasagna

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    • Kim

      Oops that posted twice. I bought all the ingred to make in CP but I need to mKe in advance for book club. I work tomor Nd will be gone longer than 6 hr. I plan to cook tonight and will be easier to make in casserole dish, put in oven, then cook when I get home. Hopefully someone replies soon,! Thx!,

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  • Marissa

    Hi. What is the best way to freeze the lasagna? Do you wrap it first and then store in a container? What would you wrap it with? Thanks!

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  • Crystaloursin

    Hi just wondering gf what I could use instead of noodles. Thank u!

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