I have made this many times and it always turns out awesome! I worked close to home so I used to make the precooked ingredients and cheese mixtures ahead of time and stored in the fridge, then run home at lunch and layer in the crockpot and dinner was always ready just as I got home! Walk in the door, throw some garlic bread in the oven while you toss some bagged salad mix in a bowl with cherry tomatoes, red onion and dressing, serve up the lasagna and wow!
Great recipe, made this for my BF work buddies who are some big eaters, I did change the recipe a little by adding a pound of spicy sausage along with the beef, and doubled the canned sauces. Turned out great! I cooked it on high for the first hour then switched to low it was done in about 3 1/2hours and tasted great!
My entire family of 6 loved this recipe. It was easy, and will become a regular at this house. Also, mine was done in 4 hours too. thanks!
I use a jar of pasta sauce in lieu of the tomato sauce/paste. It makes it saucier with more flavor, otherwise I love this recipe. It's a household fav!
Two thumbs up. I also made this with ground turkey and used a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes instead of the tomato sauce. Smells wonderful as it's cooking and tastes great. Thanks,Derf
I have made this several times, it's very good :)
My family really liked this. It was so easy and quick and as good as the stuff that takes forever to put together. I did add a tiny bit of water over each layer as I was afraid the noodles wouldn't be soft enough. It turned out just perfect. I will make this again for sure!
Freakin amazing! I made a couple of changes, and it really did come out beautifully! I used 2lbs of Italian sausage- 1lb sweet 1lb spicy. I also used a lot more oregano than the recipe called for in the sauce. I also used ricotta instead of cottage cheese, and added fresh chopped spinach and an egg to the mix. The recipe was a little vague on the "cheese layer" but I just mixed the ricotta, spinach, egg, mozzarella, and Parmesan- and then put down a layer. I then used a cup of water like so many others around the outside of the crock pot. My crock pot has two hot settings and two low settings. I put mine on the lower hot setting and it was done in like 2 hrs. Absolutely delish- and will feed an army! Thank you so much for this recipe!
I don't know what happened, but mine got burnt badly. I put everything in the crock pot in the morning, then put it in the fridge for my wife to turn on around noon. She turned it on high for an hour since it had been in the fridge, and then down to low. When I got home from work, the top of the lasagna already looked burnt.
I hesitate to blame the recipe completely for this, as the cooking time is only a guideline. Maybe my crock pot runs significantly higher than everyone else's. It would have been nice to have a warning. Most other recipes I've tried had significantly more liquid, which mitigated the ingredients drying out. This recipe is pretty "dry", and I even added 2/3 cup of water around the edge like others have mentioned.
I can't see this crock pot lasagna being significantly easier to fix than a regular lasagna. You can either boil the noodles for a few extra minutes, or use no-boil noodles. Simply assemble the lasagna in a 9x13 pan and bake covered until hot - which shouldn't take long. After all - one of the advantages of using a slow cooker is that you can leave it unattended; if this lasagna needs to be watched to keep it from burning, then there's really no point in doing it in a slow cooker.
Another problem is with the haphazard directions. Cook the meat, then dump it into a bowl, and only then add the onions separately. Garlic should be added after the onions are done sauteeing or it will burn. The tomato paste should also be cooked for a few minutes before adding the tomato sauce to eliminate the raw tomato flavor. You can then add the meat back in to finish the sauce.
This was excellent! So easy to do! I used a jar of sauce and a small can (8oz) of tomato sauce. I did what others had mentioned, and the water trick seemed to help quite a bit. I used a light version of cottage cheese and this was soooo good! I don't even like ricotta or cottage cheeses, but I gobbled this up! The family was skeptical, as they thought lasagna was only for the oven. Not anymore! They requested I make this weekly :) Thank you for such a delicious and easy recipe!