365 Days of Slow Cooking: Slow Cooker (Meatless and Gluten-Free) Rice Lasagna
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Slow Cooker (Meatless and Gluten-Free) Rice Lasagna

Crock Pot Rice Lasagna #meatless #glutenfree #crockpot #slowcooker

Makes 6 servings

1 (26 oz) can or jar of your favorite pasta sauce (try a marinara or even an Alfredo)
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (4 oz) can mushrooms or 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 cups fresh spinach (optional)
1 cup sliced peppers, red or green (optional) 
2 cups cottage cheese (I used low-fat)
1 egg
1 cup mozzarella cheese (I ended up using cheddar, since that was all I had but I think mozzarella would be better)
3 cups brown rice, cooked (this is a perfect recipe if you're looking to use leftover rice...brown rice works best in the slow cooker.  White rice tends to get too mushy.)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1.  Combine pasta sauce, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach and peppers in one bowl.
2.  In another bowl stir together the cottage cheese, egg and mozzarella.
3.  Spray a 4-6 quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.  Layer a third of the sauce, 1 1/2 cups of the rice, half of the cottage cheese mixture.  Repeat layer and top with remaining sauce.
4.  Cover and cook on HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6 hours.
5.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.

I'm not exactly sure why but we had a ton of leftover rice in our fridge.  I was trying to think of a really good way to get rid of it and this is what I came up with.  You can really adapt it to what your family enjoys...use a marinara or make it a cream sauce, add or subtract certain veggies--as you please.  If you want, you can even add cooked ground turkey or beef to the pasta sauce.  3 1/2 stars


  1. That looks like a lovely way to cook lasagna. Now that I'm based in Korea I haven't had that in ages unfortunately.

  2. This is such a great idea!! And I seem to always have leftover rice on hand.

  3. Made this today for dinner. I made a creamy mushroom sauce to use instead of marinara. I also added a few chopped up artichoke hearts. It looks and smells delicious & I'm sure it'll taste fantastic!

    1. Mangia, that sounds sooo yummy! Let me know how it turns out!

  4. This was good! Much more rice dish than lasagna but good nonetheless. My only comment is I think you meant to add that the canned tomatoes should be drained. I did not drain it so parts of my rice dish were much more soup like.