The easiest lasagna you’ll ever make. Just a few minutes of prep – then set-it-and-forget-it in your Crock Pot.
The really great thing about making lasagna in the slow cooker is…
Big, giant mile-high pieces of cheesy, saucy lasagna – and that makes my family’s eyes light up like Christmas trees.
In the slow cooker you can make super-tall slices of lasagna by stacking the ingredients way up – higher than a typical oven baking-dish.
And as I confessed on Facebook a few days ago…
…if I’m out of ideas for ‘what’s for dinner,’ it’s Slow Cooker Lasagna that gets served. I make it every other week because it’s easy and totally a family favorite – whatever variation I make. And there are several variations, but this Mexican Lasagna with Chicken is the most-requested….thanks to lots of cheese and kid-friendly salsa and corn.
Here are a few other variations I’ve made:
Traditional: Ground beef with red pasta sauce + mozzarella + frozen (thawed) broccoli
Greek: Ground turkey/chicken + tomato sauce + feta cheese + Greek olives + chick peas
Dump! The easiest lasagna you’ll ever assemble. Skip the layering; just throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker – making sure the noodles are each separated and surrounded by sauce. (Of course, the result is more like a baked pasta dish, instead of lasagna – but it’s still a crowd-pleaser.)
Speaking of layering, the layering technique I use is similar to that I learned from my pals Janice and Liz over at Meal Makeover Moms who wrote a recipe for a meatless Mile-High Spinach Lasagna in their No Wine with Dinner Cookbook. The trick is to make sure each noodle is covered in sauce.The easiest lasagna you'll ever make: Slow Cooker Mexican Lasagna with Chicken via @tspcurry Click To Tweet
And SURPRISE: You can use regular lasagna noodles! No need to have the no-boil lasagna noodles on hand – as you’ll find in some slow cooker lasagna recipe – regular lasagna noodles work just fine. (Did you know: You can skip boiling regular lasagna noodles when making regular oven lasagna too; check out a recent #HealthyKitchenHack to find out how to add a bit more liquid to the recipe.)
What’s your go-to recipe when you have no idea ‘what to make for dinner?’ Yes or no – do you boil your noodles before assembling lasagna?