Lazy Day Lasagna Recipe

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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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  • 15 low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 low-fat cottage cheese
  • 6 grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 dried oregano, divided
  • One 24-28 ounce jar marinara sauce (about 3 cups)
  • 7 or 8 traditional lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 2/3 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


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.

Recipe Details

Adapted from "Eat More of What You Love" by Marlene Koch (Running Press, 2012)

Servings: 6

Notes and Substitutions:

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).

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15 of what low fat ricotta? 1 1/2 what low fat cottage cheese? 6 what grated Parmesan Cheese? 3/4 what dries oregano, divided?


Most of the measurements are missing. Please re-post the recipe with corrected measurement amounts. Thanks


Looks and sounds great but check the ingredients listed in this posting.....missing something like, for instance, the measurements????? (Figured it out but for someone not used to making lasagna, it would be confusing)

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Looks great- how about a nutrition breakdown-calories; protien; carbs; fat; etc?

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