Lazy Day Lasagna

Lazy Day Lasagna
Staff Writer

Steve Legato


If you’re skeptical about cooking lasagna in a slow cooker, have no fear — it’s as easy as layering the ingredients and walking away. This recipe will have your lasagna pan gathering dust. The Italian purist in me was happy to find that traditional lasagna noodles bake up beautifully without boiling them first, and my boys were delighted to eat this for dinner and again as tasty leftovers.

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In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, cottage cheese, 2 tablespoons water, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon oregano. Mix thoroughly. 

Place the marinara sauce in a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Add 1/2 cup water (unless the marinara is already fairly thin) to the empty sauce jar or container, give it a swirl, and add to the marinara sauce. Spread 1/2 cup of the sauce on the bottom of a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. 

Place about one-third of the lasagna noodles over the sauce, breaking the noodles to fit (don’t worry if small spaces are uncovered). Cover the noodles with half of the cheese mixture (about 1 1/2 cups), then top with 1 cup sauce. Repeat. 

Top with the remaining noodles, cover with the remaining sauce, and sprinkle on the mozzarella, the remaining oregano and Parmesan. Cook for 3-3 1/2 hours on low or until fork tender. Turn off heat and let sit at least 15 minutes before serving.


Marlene Says: For Beefy Slow Cooker Lasagna, brown 1/2 pound lean ground beef with ½ teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds. After spreading 1/2 cup of marinara on the bottom of the slow cooker, add beef to remaining marinara and continue as directed (adds 55 calories and 2 grams fat).


Calories per serving:

437 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 20g 30%
  • Carbs 37g 12%
  • Saturated 11g 56%
  • Fiber 3g 13%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 11g
  • Monounsaturated 5g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 27g 55%
  • Cholesterol 66mg 22%
  • Sodium 1,072mg 45%
  • Calcium 493mg 49%
  • Magnesium 61mg 15%
  • Potassium 655mg 19%
  • Iron 2mg 11%
  • Zinc 2mg 17%
  • Phosphorus 447mg 64%
  • Vitamin A 221µg 25%
  • Vitamin C 3mg 4%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 6%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 27%
  • Niacin (B3) 6mg 29%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 18%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 38µg 9%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 13%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 17%
  • Vitamin K 20µg 26%
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