Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna

I have been finding some amazing recipes for the slow-cooker lately, and this is one of them!  All you have to do is chop your veggies, then layer the ingredients (raw) into the crockpot.

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 3 or 4 small portobello mushrooms caps, gills removed, halved and thinly sliced*
  • 1 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 small eggplant, peeled, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 2 28-ounce can crushed or diced tomatoes (or 1 can tomatoes and 1 jar of your favorite sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. pesto (optional)
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 15 lasagna noodles, uncooked 
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  1. Combine egg, ricotta, mushrooms, zucchini and eggplant in a large bowl.
  2. Combine tomatoes and their juice, garlic and crushed red pepper in a medium bowl.
  3. Generously coat a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.  Spread 1-1/2 cups of the tomato mixture into the slow cooker.  Arrange 5 noodles over the sauce, overlapping them slightly and breaking into pieces to cover as much of the sauce as possible.  Spread half of the ricotta-vegetable mixture over the noodles and firmly pat down, then spoon on 1-1/2 cups sauce and sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella. Repeat the layering one more time, starting with the noodles.  Top with a third layer of noodles.  Evenly spread the remaining tomato sauce over the noodles.  Set remaining 1 cup mozzarella aside.
  4. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or on LOW for 4 hours.  When finished, turn off slow cooker and sprinkle the reserved mozzarella, cover and let stand for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
*Gently scrape the gills off with a spoon.

~Adapted from Eating Well


  1. Sure sounds good! Glad you're having success with the slow cooker, I just tried some beans today and I'm not trilled. Maybe they'll be better next time:@)

  2. Love this recipe and I love love love your site!

  3. Ditto (what Family Foodie said!) I can't imagine lasagna in the slow cooker, but I'm determined to give this a try... just as soon as I get back home! Thank you dear Patti! xoxo

  4. Hi Patti,

    I certainly need to include more veggie meals in my nutrition and this lasagna is a great recipe to include in that goal!

    I also just wanted to give you a heads up that I've been moving my blog over to Wordpress and have your blog listed in my 'delicious blogs' page. I hope that you would consider stopping by, checking that out, and follow me over there since my 'blogger' site will come to an end eventually.


  5. OMG Patti, That looks AMAZING!!! I haven't had lasagna in forever. Bet I could fool the hubby (aka carnivore)with your vegetarian version!


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