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Slow Cooker Lasagna

by Skinny Ms.

Slow Cooker Lasagna
Delight guests with this Savory Slow Cooker Lasagna recipe. Are you hosting friends and family to watch a Sunday afternoon NFL game this year? Or maybe it’s your turn to bring an entree to the company’s mid-day holiday bash. Or perhaps, after a long day of tree-trimming and holiday shopping, the whole family needs a hearty, comforting dish everyone will enjoy. Our slow cooker lasagna is bursting with flavor and a snap to prepare. The combination of tomatoes, parmesan, and basil give it an umami kick that will have everyone asking for the recipe. And the use of ground turkey and cottage cheese make this a guilt-free dish that you’ll feel good about slicing and savoring.

This is not your grandmother’s lasagna. In fact, she would be astonished at the ease of preparation. No hours of stirring sauce required. No boiling of noodles necessary. Simply sauté your ground turkey and layer it, with the remainder of your ingredients, in the slow cooker. Allow it to heat for four to six hours and it’s done.

At 403 calories, each serving is satisfying but not destructive to your diet! And the whopping 38 grams of protein from turkey and cottage cheese will stave off hunger for hours. The good news is that this is all lean protein. Turkey lacks the saturated fats of ground beef and veal, and the low-fat cottage cheese has less fat and calories than other cheeses. The use of lighter, healthier ingredients make this lasagna less gooey and greasy than other recipes. It’s a sure hit for fans of hearty Italian comfort dishes who want all of the flavor without the excess calories!

Also, check out these 20 Healthy Comfort Food Recipes.

Slow Cooker Lasagna

Slow Cooker Lasagna

Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1 slice | Calories: 403 | Previous Points: 8 | Points Plus:  10 | Total Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 78 | Sodium: 1015 mg | Carbohydrates: 33 g | Dietary Fiber: 7 g | Sugars: 8 g | Protein: 38 g |


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey, or lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (25 ounce) jars pasta sauce, no sugar added
  • 2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded (part skim) mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pinch of salt
  • 12 whole wheat lasagna noodles, (break in half before adding to slow cooker)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil, for garnish


Add the turkey and onion to a large skillet and cook over medium heat until the turkey has lost its pink color. Add the garlic and cook for one additional minute. Drain any fat from the cooked turkey. Add 1 1/2 jars pasta sauce and stir to combine.

Combine the cottage cheese, mozzarella, Italian seasoning, and salt.

Add a 1/2 cup meat sauce to the bottom of the slow cooker. Next, add a layer of lasagna noodles and spread 1/4 cheese mixture over noodles. Repeat the layers until these ingredients are gone.

Cover and cook in slow cooker on low-heat until noodles are al dente and cheese is bubbly, approximately 4-6 hours. Remove the lid and add the parmesan to the top. Turn off the slow cooker and allow the casserole to sit for 15 minutes before cutting. If desired, serve garnished with the fresh basil and additional parmesan.

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11 Responses to Slow Cooker Lasagna

  • Jennifer R says:

    What size and shape slow cooker did you reccomend for this recipe? I have sizes from 2 2/2 to 6 quarts and both round and oval. I don't have the best luck cooking pasta in a slow cooker so I want to start off right to better my chances at a finished product. Thanks a lot!

  • Barb says:

    In the slow cooker now! One question…Ingredients list 2 (25 ounce) jars pasta sauce but only 1 1/2 are used in the recipe? I dumped the remaining and used for the bottom.

  • Barb says:

    Delicious! Consistency and flavor were perfect and used my Misto to make cleanup a breeze (still need to pull the trigger on the non-stick Hamilton Beach, just can't justify with 6 slow cookers already :)

    • GaleCompton says:

      Barb, Thanks so much for the feedback. I agree, our recipe is really yummy. BTW, this is going in my slow cooker this afternoon for a nice dinner. My family's favorite lasagna recipe. :)

  • Nikki says:

    I just want to be sure, are the noodles cooked at all prior to putting together the lasagna in the crockpot?

  • Alexa says:

    Do you think you could possibly substitute the pasta for spaghetti squash?

    • SkinnyMs says:

      Yes, it would be possible to use zucchini. If using zucchini, I would slice it lengthwise, not into rounds so you have nice long pieces to layer. You could use spaghetti squash to make more of a spaghetti like slow cooker pasta, since it comes out in thin strands. I would roast the spaghetti squash in 2 halves on a sheet separate, and slow cook the other ingredients separate for a cheesy spaghetti.

  • Alexa says:

    or maybe zuchinni?

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