Slow Cooker Lasagna

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Home cooked Slow Cooker Lasagna made with no-boil noodles, Italian sausage, cheese, a quick tomato sauce and a couple of handfuls of baby spinach!

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna - The Foodie Affair

Holy moly was this lasagna good! It may even trump my vegetable lasagna! The best part of this dish is that it’s cooked in a slow cooker and if you’re lucky, your significant other will make it! Yep, Alan surprised me with this delicious home cooked meal!

After our four day getaway I had to get back to the office, but Alan is on summer break for a couple of more weeks, so while I was at work he sent a text saying that he’ll make dinner and wanted ideas. Isn’t that the hardest part of meal planning? Coming up with what to make? I suggested Kalua Pork because it’s the easiest recipe ever and we could eat it for several meals. Plus. it’s made in the slow cooker which takes some pressure off of the whole task of cooking.

Easy Lasagna made in the slow cooker - The Foodie Affair

So imagine my great surprise when I came home to this cheesy lasagna! When Alan decides to make a dish he’ll investigates all his options and he adjusts the recipe to his preference. That’s a MAJOR cooking breakthrough folks! It wasn’t too long ago that he would NOT tweak a recipe at all. Every single ingredient would have to be exactly what the recipe said to a “T”. Seriously would drive me nuts!  Half the fun of cooking is experimenting and adding your personal touch. Agree? We’ve come a long happy way! I do believe his hobby for brewing beer has helped him become more creative in thinking outside of the recipe box!

Tasty lasagna made easy with no boil noodles and cooked in a slow cooker - The Foodie Affair

AND what I thought might be eggplant in this lasagna is actually a nutritious dose of spinach! Layers of baby spinach are nestled between the noodles and cheese – gawh! Arrow went strait to my giddy heart! <swoon>.

Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna with no bake noodles - The Foodie Affair

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Slow Cooker Lasagna
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish - Slow Cooker
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 28 ounce crushed tomatoes
  • 6 ounce tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 9 No-Boil lasagna noodles
  • 3 cups Baby spinach
  • 16 ounce ricotta
  • 8 ounce mozzarella cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat cook the sausage, onion until brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, salt, and oregano and stir until well incorporated.
  2. Layer bottom of slow cooker with 1 cup of sauce. Add a layer of noodles to fit in pan, meat sauce, layer of spinach, ricotta cheese. Repeat layering 2 more times. Top with remaining sauce and then the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  3. Cook on low for 3 hours.

Easy lasagna made with no boil noodles and cooked in a slow cooker - The Foodie Affair

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28 Comments on Slow Cooker Lasagna

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    Liz says:
    June 26, 2015

    Sandra, this sounds fantastic! We love lasagna, and this is a fabulous option for the summer when you don’t want to turn on the oven 🙂

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      July 2, 2015

      Definitely a great alternative to heating up the kitchen! I love slow cooked meals!

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    Christie says:
    June 26, 2015

    I am not sure my husband knows what a slow cooker is! Since he won’t make it, I can’t wait to make it myself.

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      July 2, 2015

      Your husband is the taste tester! That’s his job in the kitchen 🙂

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    June 26, 2015

    Making lasagna in my slow cooker is something I have been wanting to try for a while now! 🙂 I can’t wait to try this recipe.

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      July 2, 2015

      Give it a try, Carrie! It’s a great way to keep the kitchen cool, and still get a favorite family meal on the table!

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    June 26, 2015

    I’ve never heard or thought of putting pasta in the slow cooker like this. Great concept! Thank you for sharing!

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      July 2, 2015

      Thanks for stopping by Sara! You can pretty much cook anything in a slow cooker I’m learning!

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    June 26, 2015

    You are a VERY lucky woman to come home to this meal! I am curious, can I make the lasagna in the slow cooker and leave it for more than three hours (kind of thinking along the lines of all day)?

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      July 2, 2015

      I haven’t tried it, but I think using regular lasagna noodle instead of the no-bake would work if you want to leave it for a longer time. Maybe add a little more sauce so the noodles will soak up some of the liquid. Let me know if you give it a try!

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    Diane says:
    June 27, 2015

    Sandra I love your story. How nice to have a hubby engaged in the cooking process with you. This lasagna looks fantastic!

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      July 2, 2015

      Thank you, Diane! I can count on him if I give specific directions, but this recipe was a super sweet surprise!

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    LydiaF says:
    June 27, 2015

    What a great way to keep the kitchen cool and still have a hot meal.

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      July 2, 2015

      Aren’t slow cookers the best?! I’m relying more on mine!

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    June 27, 2015

    My husband won’t do a darn thing in the kitchen except toast bagels and put ice cream in a bowl. 😉 LUCKY YOU!! This lasagna looks fabulous.

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      July 2, 2015

      Lol – should I mention that he’ll do laundry too? haha! Thanks, Michelle!

  9. This looks absolutely delish!! What a lovely husband you have. I’m pinning this for future reference. It will cook perfectly while we are gone for church on Sunday mornings!!

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      July 2, 2015

      That sounds lovely! Church, a family meal and happy bellies 🙂

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    June 27, 2015

    I have yet to try lasagna in the slow cooker, this sounds wonderful! And how nice to come home to this as a surprise made by your husband!

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      July 2, 2015

      Give it a try, Joy! I’m sold on the idea of slow cooking lasagna and not only because it was made for me 🙂 It’s tasty!

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    June 27, 2015

    How lovely that you came home to this beautiful meal. What a lovely surprise. Your lasagne looks really good and I had no idea lasagne could be made in a slow cooker! xx

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      July 2, 2015

      🙂 Thanks, Charlie! This lasagne was several meals for us and my son took the rest of the leftovers!

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      July 2, 2015

      Right? I was quite proud when my husband mentioned that he decided to use sausage instead of ground beef because he thought it would add more flavor! It sure does!

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    Katerina says:
    June 27, 2015

    I think slow cooker is the best vessel for making meals during summer! Your lasagna are divine!

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      July 2, 2015

      I think the only type of recipe I haven’t tried in a slow cooker is breakfast! That’s next 🙂

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    July 12, 2015

    A friend of mine is suffering the tail end of cancer so on my visit yesterday, I brought all the ingredients for your slow cooker lasagna and popped it in her slow cooker. She’s not eating much but she was thrilled to be able to serve her family dinner at home. Thanks for a great meal for them. 🙂

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      July 12, 2015

      You’re such a sweet friend. Nothing is more comforting than knowing your family is taking care of during such a difficult time. Thanks for the ray of sunshine your brought to them and right back to me 🙂 XO

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