Did you know you can make delicious lasagna in a slow cooker? It’s true! This easy vegetarian lasagna only requires a few minutes of prep. You don’t even need to cook the noodles in advance!

vegetarian lasagna in a crockpot

It took me a long time to adjust to the world of slow cookers. The whole idea of it weirded me out for a long time. (Like, I’m intentionally leaving this appliance on all day? That seems scary.) But I’ve come around to it, especially since crockpot meals are ridiculously convenient… and I happened to have the basic ingredients for lasagna in my pantry so the question was:

Can you make lasagna in a crockpot?

Yes! It’s actually a great “set it and forget it” style recipe. Crockpots can vary a bit in terms of heat and cooking time so the first time you make this, you’ll want to check it a little early to see how things are coming along!

How to Make Vegetarian Lasagna in a Slow Cooker

Add a little bit of sauce to the bottom of a slower cooker, then top with noodles. Layer with cheese, then top with spinach.

Continue to layer with sauce, noodles, cheese, and vegetables. For the final layer, add noodles, a thin layer of sauce, and cheese.

Finishing with a layer of sauce and cheese helps prevent the noodles from drying out.

Let cook on high for 2-3 hours until the noodles are softened. Then turn off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes.

vegetarian crockpot lasagna

Tips for Making Slow Cooker Lasagna

  • Be sure to use traditional lasagna noodles, not pre-cooked or no-boil noodles. Those will get soggy!
  • With recipes like this that are only a handful of ingredients, using high-quality ingredients is essential. I love Rao’s tomato basil sauce for the pasta sauce.
  • Crockpot times can vary so be sure to keep an eye on this recipe so I recommend checking it after 4 hours but it may need up to 6.

How to Layer the Ingredients

I thought I’d outline the exact order I layered the ingredients, to make it a little less confusing. So from the first layer to the last, here’s the order:

  • Sauce
  • Noodles
  • Cheese
  • Vegetable
  • Sauce
  • Noodles
  • Cheese
  • Vegetable
  • Noodles
  • Sauce
  • Cheese

It’s important to end with noodles topped with sauce and cheese, so the noodles don’t dry out.

Vegetables to Add to Your Lasagna

  • You can play around with the vegetables, but it’s important to factor in the water content of certain vegetables. I recommend using at least one small zucchini squash or yellow squash, which will add a little moisture to the mix.
  • If you want to add eggplant, cut it into small cubes, add a pinch of salt, and microwave it for 4-5 minutes to help draw out some of the water so your lasagna doesn’t end up too soggy.
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Vegetarian Crock Pot Lasagna

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This vegetarian crockpot lasagna recipe only takes a few minutes to throw together and then you can set it and forget it!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 12 large lasagna noodles (a 1lb box of noodles is plenty)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 24 oz jar of pasta sauce
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 zucchini or yellow squash, sliced into thin coins

Instructions

  1. Spray the inside of the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup mozzarella with the ricotta and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Add a thin layer of sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  4. Place a layer of lasagna noodles on top of the sauce. You’ll have to break them up to make an even layer. It’s ok to overlap the noodles.
  5. Top with 1/3 of the ricotta mixture, then top with a layer of squash.
  6. Top with sauce, then another layer of noodles.
  7. Continue to layer ricotta, spinach, sauce, and noodles.
  8. Add a final layer of ricotta, noodles, sauce, then cheese.
  9. Put the crockpot on high for about 3 hours. Let sit for a few minutes then cut and serve!

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Crockpot lasagna is also healthy on the budget

  •    Ricotta Cheese- $2.50
  •    Shredded Mozzarella Cheese- $2
  •    Crushed tomatoes- $1
  •    Marinara Sauce- $2.50
  •    Lasagna Noodles- $1
  •    Spinach- $1

You could certainly add in more veggies, I just didn’t have much else on hand. I also sprinkled it with a little fresh basil just before serving. It adds a nice pop of color! Shredded parmesan never hurt either. So many options, so little time.

What’s your favorite thing to make in a crockpot or slow cooker?