365 Days of Slow Cooking: Recipe for Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna Casserole (...and weigh in on what style to paint my kitchen cabinets)
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Recipe for Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna Casserole (...and weigh in on what style to paint my kitchen cabinets)

This recipe for Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna Casserole is so super simple that you'll probably never make actual lasagna again.  With all those layers and all those dirty dishes, it just isn't worth it (most of the time).  I love that the noodles do not need to be boiled before adding them to the slow cooker.  The hardest part of this is browning the sausage (and if you're smart you'll have this already browned and ready to go in the freezer).  This is also a great recipe to add in your favorite veggies, like spinach and mushrooms or peppers and sauteed onions...whatever you like!

Recipe for Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna Casserole
Recipe for Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna Casserole

Makes 6 servings
Ideal slow cooker size:  4 quart
Cooking time:  3-5 hours 

1 (24 oz) can or jar of  your favorite pasta sauce
1 lb turkey sausage or Italian sausage, browned and drained of grease
8 whole wheat lasagna noodles (each broken into 4 pieces)
1 green pepper diced, optional (mix it up with whatever fun veggies you want to throw it!)
1 cup ricotta or cottage cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese 
3/4 cup water

1.  Add pasta sauce, sausage, broken noodles, pepper, ricotta and water to the slow cooker.  Gently stir to combine.
2.  Cover and cook on LOW for about 3-5 hours, or until noodles are cooked through.
3. Sprinkle with cheese and turn slow cooker to HIGH.  Cook for another 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
4.  Scoop down deep with a spoon and serve.

P.S.  Join me on my facebook page for all the fun and interesting things going on (food and otherwise).  Right now I'm deciding on how to paint my kitchen cabinets.  Which one do you like best?  The picture on the top left is my kitchen currently.  I'm looking to brighten up the space by painting the cabinets white/cream.


  1. I like the bottom right cabinets. I'll have to try this recipe some time!

  2. Bottom left ;)

    Do the whole wheat noodles hold up better than regular lasagna noodles? It seems like whenever I do pasta in the crock pot it breaks down weird.

  3. I like the bottom left cabinets, but I'm not really into the rustic style.

  4. Jamie G,
    Yes, that's why I use them! Whole wheat hold up much better than white!

  5. bottom left I like simple and easier to keep clean

  6. Bottom right. (Second choice would be bottom left but I feel like finger prints would show up more easily.) PS, white-ish cabinets are my favorite! Good choice!

  7. Anonymous12/8/13 20:09

    You seem to have dark counter tops, the cream color of the proposed paint is nice, but have you thought about a real POP of color with some high almost mettalic red?

  8. Bottom right, then bottom left. Can't wait to see the after pictures of your kitchen!

  9. Made this for dinner last night and it was SO good! It only took 30 minutes to throw it all together and it was delicious! Thanks!

  10. SarahJeanne,
    Thanks so much for the nice comment. It is so good to hear when people actually make my recipes and better yet, when they like them! HOORAY!!!

  11. Love using my slow cooker! Can't wait to try this :)

  12. Like the cabinets as they are.

  13. Anonymous29/8/13 16:05

    looking to try this for our church Wednesday night meal. Anywhere from 15-60 people. Football season, need the slow cooker for after school activities.

  14. Just double checking before I make this one in a few days - you are NOT layering this, just mixing it all in the slow cooker and stirring?

    1. You're right. It's not layered. Enjoy!