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Slow Cooker Lasagna Pasta

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 If you love lasagna then you will LOVE my delicious slow cooker lasagna pasta. It comes together in no time and is perfect on those nights when you need a fast dinner idea.

I discovered a delicious way to make lasagna the other night simply because I was doing my “clean out the pantry” meal plan and meal prep.

We were in the process of trying to use up all the food in our fridge since we were heading out on a trip. I refused to go to the grocery store that week and so I was looking for some things to throw together to make dinner.

I started pulling things out of the fridge and pantry and realized — hey I have all the fixings to make lasagna — except I was missing one thing — the lasagna noodles used in traditional lasagna. I started rummaging a little further into the pantry and discovered I had a box of penne pasta and that's when it hit me — hey — I can cook this in the slow cooker and make a lasagna pasta without regular lasagna noodles.

And that is how I discovered this delicious and super easy Slow Cooker Lasagna Pasta. Oh and for an easy clean up in your slow cooker, use these crockpot liners. They are a LIFESAVER when it comes to clean up.

How to Make Easy Crockpot Lasagna Recipe

The only cooking process you have to do here is to brown your ground beef. After that, the rest is totally up to your slow cooker!

Start by browning your ground beef in a large skillet on medium heat. You can add a little olive oil to the pan if you need to. If you prefer, you can use Italian sausage instead of ground beef.

Once you get your ground beef all browned, add in your spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce and then set it aside. If you only have tomato paste, you can use that along with the tomato sauce to make your own pasta sauce.

In another dish, you are going to mix together your cottage cheese (or ricotta cheese), mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan Cheese. Normally if you are making regular lasagna, you would add an egg in here –but for this recipe, you won't need that at all.

Now- you are ready to assemble your lasagna in the slow cooker.

Meat Sauce First!

You are going to layer this just like you would if you were making lasagna with those flat noodles. Start with a layer of marinara sauce and meat on the very bottom — about 1/4 cup.

Now, top that with a layer of your cottage cheese mixture. You can add some Italian seasoning in between the layers if you want.

Then, top with a few of the penne noodles. These noodles are straight out of the box. No need to cook them because the spaghetti sauce from this recipe will cook the noodles.

Now repeat the process. You are going to end with pasta sauce on the top.

Put the lid on your slow cooker and let it cook for a couple of hours. For me, I love a dump and go slow cooker meal because it helps when I am in a time crunch and need to be busy doing something else — but my dinner still gets done.

This also keeps my family from having to run to go get something to eat. 

Right before the pasta is done — about 30 minutes, add the remainder of the shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the noodles. Place the lid back on and let the cheese melt.

Once the cheese is melted, serve this slow cooker lasagna recipe with a sprinkling of fresh basil and my Olive Garden Salad and homemade garlic bread. The whole family will love this meal.

It's the perfect meal to serve with a side salad when you need something quick and easy! Store it in an airtight container. Then, serve it the next day as a leftover and trust me when I tell you — it's even better!

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Yield: 8 servings

Slow Cooker Lasagna Pasta

Slow Cooker Lasagna Pasta

This easy dinner recipe will have you excited for making lasagna in your crockpot.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 16 ounce box of Penne Pasta, uncooked
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 24 ounce jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 16 ounce tub of small curd cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese (optional)
  • 1 8 ounce bag of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a skillet on medium high, brown your ground beef. Drain the grease off.
  2. Add in your pasta sauce to the ground beef and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, combine your tub of cottage cheese, 1/2 the bag of mozzarella and the Parmesan Cheese. Set aside.
  4. Line your slow cooker with a liner bag (this makes for super easy cleanup) and begin the layers.
  5. Layer in 1/2 of the meat sauce. Spread the sauce. Top with 1/2 of the cottage cheese mixture and spread it evenly. Pour in 1/2 the box of Penne noodles and spread them out over the top of the cottage cheese.
  6. Add in the remainder of the cottage cheese. Top with the remaining noodles. End with the remainder of the pasta sauce.
  7. Place lid on the slow cooker and set the timer on high for 2 hours.
  8. About 30 minutes before it is done, remove the lid and top with the remaining Mozzarella cheese. Replace the lid and give the cheese 30 minutes to melt.
  9. Remove lid and serve pasta with garlic bread and salad for the perfect easy meal.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 453mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 26g

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Sue Forquell

Sunday 19th of November 2023

Has anyone cooked this ahead and reheated next day? How well did it reheat?

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 20th of November 2023

I have done that and it is fine. It actually tastes better the next day. Most pasta dishes do.


Saturday 20th of August 2022

Hello. I love this recipe!! I am going to try it tonight but I don't have a slow cooker. Can I make this in the oven and if so would the noodles be cooked or uncooked?

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 22nd of August 2022

I think you can do this in the oven. You can leave the noodles uncooked. I would make sure to add 1/2 jar of water to the spaghetti sauce for extra moisture so that the noodles cook properly.


Monday 21st of February 2022

I do not use my slow cooker enough and I know this would be a big hit here!

Amy (Savory Moments)

Monday 21st of February 2022

Lasagna is always a family hit and this slow cooker version looks so easy and tasty!


Sunday 20th of February 2022

This looks so flavorful! Love that it's all done in the slow cooker, perfect weeknight meal!!

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