Slow Cooker Cheesy Spinach Lasagna

Slow Cooker Cheesy Spinach Lasagna

Believe it or not, lasagna is a dish that actually comes out better in the slow cooker. The noodles cook perfectly, not drying out, but melding with the gooey cheese and savory ingredients to form a lasagna with slices that actually hold together nicely. The sauce and all of the flavors have time to blend and the whole dish becomes extra tasty. This is a must-try recipe, for the ease of cooking and the dependable results. Who doesn’t love a lasagna?

Slow Cooker Cheesy Spinach Lasagna Recipe

Slow Cooker Cheesy Spinach Lasagna Recipe

Yields: 12 cups | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 269 | Total Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 19 mg | Sodium: 302 mg | Carbohydrates: 34 g | Dietary Fiber: 5 g | Sugars: 11 g | Protein: 12 g | SmartPoints: 9 |

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (5 ounce) package baby spinach or 6 cups packed baby spinach
  • 2 (24 ounce) Jars marinara sauce, no sugar added
  • 1 cup reduced fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup (part skim) mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 12 whole wheat lasagna noodles, uncooked (break in half)
  • Fresh basil for garnish

Directions

Add oil to a large skillet, add spinach and cook over low heat just until wilted, about 3-5 minutes.

Combine in a medium bowl ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, and oregano.

Add 1 cup marinara to the bottom of the slow cooker. Next, add a layer of broken lasagna noodles, spread 1/4 of cheese mixture over noodles, next top with 1/4 of wilted spinach. Repeat the layers until all the ingredients are used up. I prefer to add cheese last.

Cover and cook until noodles are al dente and cheese is bubbly. Cook on low-heat 4-5 hours or high heat 2-3 hours. Remove the lid and add parmesan to the top. Turn off the slow cooker and allow the casserole to sit for 15 minutes before cutting. Serve garnished with fresh basil and additional parmesan, if desired.

Recommend a 6 quart slow cooker, or approximately that size.

http://skinnyms.com/slow-cooker-cheesy-spinach-lasagna-recipe/

25 Comments on "Slow Cooker Cheesy Spinach Lasagna"

  1. kathleen  December 4, 2014

    Hello, are the lasagna noodles the ones that are meant to be boiled, or "oven-ready"?

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    • SkinnyMs  December 5, 2014

      Kathleen, You can actually use either. The ones that are meant to be boiled soften up as well.

      Reply
  2. Lisa  January 24, 2015

    What do you do with the two jars of marinara sauce?

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    • SkinnyMs  January 26, 2015

      Lisa, To each layer you add at least a half cup to a cup of marinara sauce, and add remaining marinara sauce to the top of the lasagna to cover.

      Reply
  3. Anne  January 25, 2015

    Will gluten free noodles work

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs  January 26, 2015

      Anne, Yes gluten-free noodles will work well.

      Reply
  4. SWeiss  January 4, 2016

    We loved this recipe. My kids helped me make it and they loved it too. Will make again.

    Reply
  5. Mrs. Allen  January 12, 2016

    Mine tastes kind of plain is it supposed to be like that?

    Reply
    • SkinnyMs.  January 13, 2016

      If you are new to clean eating, you may find that your taste buds need a little time to adjust to the missing processed sugars and other ingredients. If you still prefer to add a little zip to your recipes, feel free to up the spices. A little extra garlic can go a long way. 🙂

      Reply
  6. sue  April 5, 2016

    is this a clean eating recipe

    Reply
    • Kym Votruba  April 6, 2016

      Yes, all of our recipes are clean recipes.

      Reply
  7. Brenda Benton  July 18, 2016

    Send daily or weekly Newsletter with recipes to my email
    Thsnks

    Reply
  8. Sheila McInerney  October 15, 2016

    Is it necessary to wilt the spinach? Won’t it wilt as it cooks?

    Reply
    • Nichole  October 16, 2016

      Great question, Sheila!

      Yes, it is necessary to wilt the spinach. As spinach cooks it releases water, if it is not wilted before added to the slow cooker the lasagna will end up very soupy!

      Reply
      • Sheila  October 19, 2016

        Tried the lasagna yesterday. It was great, and so easy! Everyone in the family loved it. Thanks!

        Reply
        • Kym Votruba  October 19, 2016

          Great! Thanks for sharing!

          Reply
  9. ross  December 19, 2016

    Do you mean 12 oz of lasagna noodles or 12 packets or lasagna?

    Reply
    • Nichole Furlong  December 19, 2016

      Hi Ross – the recipe says “12 whole noodles”. So 12 individual noodles.

      Reply
  10. Jan  January 10, 2017

    What other noodle can i use.

    Reply
  11. Pam  March 25, 2017

    Hi, how long do you cook it in the slow cooker and low or high temp?

    Reply
    • Gale Compton  March 25, 2017

      Pam, Cook on low-heat 4-5 hours or high heat 2-3 hours. Remove the lid and add parmesan to the top. Turn off the slow cooker and allow the casserole to sit for 15 minutes before cutting. Serve garnished with fresh basil and additional parmesan, if desired.

      Reply
  12. Jennifer  June 30, 2017

    Do you have to use cottage cheese?

    Reply
    • Nichole Furlong  July 1, 2017

      Hi Jennifer, great question! You do not need to use cottage cheese. Instead, increase the ricotta to 2 cups.

      Reply

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