Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna

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Yesterday I saw the movie Frozen.

This is going to really date this post for future readers, but worth it. Because I have to talk about how cute it was.

If you’re not familiar, Frozen is a Disney movie, um excuse me, musical. A Disney musical. All about an icy land where everything is a little bit magical and a lot bit frozen and where people have names like Hans and Kristoff and Olaf. So basically it was the story of my Scandinavian-rooted freezing cold Minnesota life. And for the record, I do get a little bit cold but I sure love it here.

I told Bjork that he reminded me of the main character Kristoff and he just rolled his eyes. But really, you guys. If you see it, you’ll basically be watching an animated version of what Bjork would be like had he chosen to be a mountain man who cuts ice instead a city man who works on computers.

He’s just a reeeal niiice Scandinavian boy, oh ya you betcha.

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AND THIS: the movie theater now has recliners. Literally scushy red leather chairs with a button that lifts your feet up and allows you to recline to an almost completely horizontal position. It was both dangerous (sleepy much?) and wonderful. There were at least twenty minutes where we kept pressing the buttons up and down and laughing hysterically because we are five years old. You’re thinking: oh, I know who you are now. You’re those people.

Aaaanyways.

While we were at this movie, I left a little lasagna cookin’ in the crockpot.

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Spoiler alert: the lasagna wasn’t super pretty. More like just a whole bunch of broken noodles and vegetables, sauce, and cheese layered in like thick blankets on top of one another, which is really the only option when you live in the frozen land. It doesn’t even matter, though, because in the end they all sort of just soak together to make layers that hold everything delicious together in one yummy meal.

I chose kale for my veg because a) I kind of like cooked kale, and b) it’s healthy, and c) it was the only vegetable I had in the fridge. That toffee is just taking up too much space, ya know?

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So a few hours after I haphazardly threw those ingredients in the crockpot and enjoyed the loveliness of a Disney musical, I got to eat this.

Yessss.

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And I felt like I was repaying myself for all that Christmas sugar.

Layers of veggies, sauce, cheese, and thick wavy noodles. I like.

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Last note of the day: those pictures were what the lasagna looked like hot outta the pot.

And THIS is what the lasagna looked like after resting for 2-3 hours. I could just slice right through it with a knife and scoop it up like regular lasagna. Healthy lunch for the week – check.

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5.0 from 12 reviews
Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna
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Serves: 9
 
Ingredients
  • (2) 24 ounce jars or cans of Italian tomato sauce (see notes)
  • 9 thick lasagna noodles with wavy edges (mine were called bronze cut)
  • 24 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese OR cottage cheese
  • 3-4 cups chopped vegetables of choice (I used kale)
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella or Provolone cheese
  • Parmesan cheese for topping
  • fresh parsley for topping
Instructions
  1. Spray the crockpot with nonstick cooking spray. Spread ½ cup tomato sauce to the bottom so the noodles don't stick.
  2. Break noodles so that they fit and mostly cover the bottom. They will probably be awkward looking - not a big deal. Cover with about one third of the ricotta, veggies, sauce, cheese, and end with noodles. Repeat layers two more times for a total of three complete layers. End with a layer of noodles on top, covered with a thin layer of sauce and a little bit more shredded cheese.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 5-6 hours. Turn the crockpot off completely and let the lasagna sit for at least one hour. This allows all the moisture to get soaked into the lasagna, and if you don't do this it will probably be more like lasagna soup - still good, but not pretty. Depending on how long you let it sit, you can either scoop pieces out or just cut with a knife like normal lasagna.
Notes
I didn't use ALL the sauce in both jars - I probably used a total of 36 ounces (about one and a half jars), and it was really saucy.

Nutrition Crockpot Veggie Lasagna

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Comments

  1. I can not wait for it come out down under. I am a excited as little kid, the story line is so interesting.
    It is great that you found it interesting too. I love when i can relate to characters

    mmm… crock pot and lasagna? Yes yes yes!

  2. I have 2 younger sisters that are my BFF, and I’ve heard it’s a must see for the 3 of us! Also, I would be giggling right next to you with the buttons. Too fun!

  3. Love those nice Scandinavian boys! And lasagna. ;)

  4. I cannot wait to see that movie!! I love that this is vegetarian and an easy crockpot meal. yum!!

  5. I totally want to see that movie! I know what I am doing this weekend.
    Also, is it ok if I copy you and get this baby in my crockpot whilst laughing like a 5 year old? I really think you’re onto the best idea of life there. This looks so good! Easy and healthy = winning at life.

  6. Noooms, this looks delicious and healthy. Which is always a win. And another reason as to why I need a slow cooker.

  7. Skinny lasagna? That’s vegetarian? AND that can be made in a crockpot??! This definitely is going to be made in my house ASAP.

  8. I love kale and lasagna is a great way to find another way to have it.

  9. Hi Lindsay! Love the idea for this lasagna! I never care much about pretty when it comes to food either, as long as it tastes good! ;)

    The Rocking Rebel and I went to see the Hobbit last Wednesday, and we saw the trailer for Frozen there. I have to say that it didn’t really look too interesting to me at first glance, but because you liked it so much I guess it must be a fun movie! I do love all the other Disney films. Monsters University is my new favorite!

    • The preview that they always show (at least what I’ve seen) is just the snowman with the moose on the ice, which is funny because that clip doesn’t even exist in the movie and those are not at all the main characters or storyline. It’s more of just a cute little tease, I think. I really loved the actual movie, as you can tell. :)

  10. I need to get my girlfriends together to see this movie. Maybe dinner and a movie so I can whip up a batch of this lasagna! yum

  11. This is like, all of my dreams coming true.

  12. Lindsay One word.. or maybe two.. THANK YOU! Juggling motherhood and school I sure can use this recipe.

  13. This looks heavenly!!

  14. You make food look so darn good!

  15. This looks so delicious! I have been looking for recipes to try in my new crockpot and this one seems perfect.

    How did it compare to regular lasagna?

    • Well, there’s no meat, and less cheese, and it’s a little more messy, but if you let it sit for a while it does hold together just like regular lasagna. And to me, the taste is really just as good! Plus the bonus of kale. :)

  16. Disney animated movies are the best!! I might legally be an adult, but I still watch them in theaters and sing along at home when they come out on DVD. I still have the lyrics to Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin (and so many more) memorized… Anyway. Your lasagna — YUM!! You always take such beautifully composed photographs, and I love the warm colors. Makes me wish I could just dive into the pot right now!

  17. A crockpot is on my wish list, and this is one of the reasons why!

  18. This looks great! Couple of questions (since I MUST make it): did you precook the kale? And, what size crock pot did you use? Thanks!

  19. I have ALWAYS wanted to put lasagna in the crockpot!! Like forever. I super duper want that for dinner tomorrow! And I LOVE that the noodles are not boiled!! High five!!
    I loved Frozen. I loved the music. I loved the animation. I loved the whole thing. But I’m pretty love anything Disney. Scratch that. All things Disney!!
    Oh – I totally would have played with the recliners, too! :)

  20. I am so trying that recipe. Looks positively delicious!

    As for Frozen, I’m mad at my son because he chose to go see it with his girlfriend. Girlfriend? I’ve been replaced!

    I too love all things Disney and so do not feel I have to have a child with me to see one…. ;-)

  21. I have a 5 year old sister and I have to take her to see this! Oh my gosh, we would LOVE it! As we would love this lasagna. Love all the veggies!

  22. where did you get your lasagna noodles? just wondering if it was trader joes, a normal grocery store or a specialty store?
    looks delicious – can’t wait to try it!

    • Normal grocery store! Cub Foods, Culinary Circle brand. :)

      • I couldn’t find anything like it here in Atlanta – will try a few more stores tomorrow. If that doesn’t work, I’m going to try whole wheat lasagna. Am I right that the thicker noodles won’t get super soft like regular noodles? Is that why they are better? Thanks for your help!!

        • I think that the really thin ones would kind of get lost in there with all those veggies and sauce, so IMO, the thicker the better! Plus they can soak up more of the excess moisture. :) Good luck!

  23. This looks amazing in a warm, comforting, delicious sort of way. I totally want to see that movie. I was in Disney world last week and it was everywhere.

  24. This looks so good and so easy. I’m currently obsessed with all things crockpot!

  25. I am seriously going to make this. Looks awesome!

  26. I made this for dinner last night and my family LOVED it! We used fresh spinach and carrots for the vegetables. A+! Thank you!!!

  27. just finished an 8 week Paleo challenge- it was great! But the thing I missed most was cooking some of your yummmy recipes! As a high school administrator with small children, this recipe sounds perfect for my busy family….. I’m a little OCD and want my finished product to look just like yours but I can’t find those darn bronze cut lasagna noodles!

  28. What an easy way to sneak in extra veggies! Thanks for sharing =)

  29. Love me crock pot meal when I’m short on time AND it’s cold out ;) This looks delish!

  30. I have been trying to convince my boyfriend to go see Frozen with me since we first saw the previews and he has been finding every excuse not to haha. PS. I think this lasagna looks insanely delicious regardless of the broken noodles and layers of tasty sauce!

  31. This healthy crockpot lasagna sounds so good!

  32. Wow! This is awesome Lindsay.I seriously didn’t know we can make lasagna this delish looking in a slow cooker. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely try this. Pasta addict here.

  33. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but everyone keeps telling me how good it is. Now I really have to go see the movie, and while I’m at it, try this recipe haha

  34. So, of course this looks delicious! But I have to ask – because this is what always keeps me from cooking pasta in the crock pot – did the texture of the pasta hold up? It wasn’t too mushy? It looks like it held up just fine, but was is super soft or normal? I would LOVE to be able to make lasagna in the slow cooker!

    • It was soft but not any softer than normal lasagna! It doesn’t cook as long as a normal crockpot recipe so it stayed pretty good for me. Also, I used some really thick (bronze cut) noodles, so that might have helped. They soaked up all the extra liquid too so try to get those if you can! Hope you are well Sara!

  35. I love this dish! Comfort food for cold winter days.

  36. I’ve got this underway right now, making the most of my snow day! I’m using spinach, and did cook up some hot Italian sausage to put in with the sauce, so the healthy factor has been lowered a bit, but I’m very excited to see how it turns out.

  37. Tonya McComb says:

    Thank for adding the nutritional information! I hate trying figure it out for myself on the recipes I get off Pinterest. I’m on a very strict diet after bariatric surgery so being able to figure my protein count is very very very helpful!

  38. myhappinest says:

    My family has enjoyed several of the recipes I have made from your blog. Unfortunately, I have found some of your instructions and ingredient descriptions vague and confusing! For instance, is 2 jars of Italian tomato sauce supposed to mean pasta/spaghetti sauce?

    • Hi there, sorry to hear that. In this case I just used canned tomato sauce but it was seasoned with Italian spices. Does that make sense? Essentially it was the same as spaghetti sauce that comes in a jar. If there’s ever anything I can clear up for you, please just leave a comment or shoot me an email. Thanks!

  39. I’ve made this recipe for my family twice now. It is AWESOME! I am happy to have a kale recipe that tastes so good. It’s also way easy to throw together and there is almost no clean up.

    Love it! Thanks!

  40. Is the hour of rest covered or uncovered in the crock pot? Also, Did you cook on high or low? I’m wondering if the longer cooking time on low would make the noodles any softer or mushy.

    Thanks!

    • Covered. And I cooked it on high, so I can’t say about the low setting making the noodles mushy, but honestly the ones I used were so thick that I’d be really surprised if they’d get mushy at all. :) Lol. Look for the bronze cut if you can – those worked wonders for me.

      • The first time I made it for gramma and kiddos and wasn’t home when it finished but the 2nd time it was gathering a lot of water from the condensation inside of lid during this hour so I took it off…

  41. Sheila McInerney says:

    Did you use regular or no cook lasagna noodles? Thanks! Can’t wait to try this!

  42. I’d be hesitant to let cooked food rest for two to three hours before refrigerating. The recipe sounds easy and good though and worth a try. I’ll be refrigerating my leftovers more quickly though to avoid any potential food borne problems.

  43. I made this last night and my family loved it! Everyone got a second serving. I used spinach bc that’s what I already had in my fridge and it turned out great. Thanks for sharing your recipe. It was delicious.

  44. I made this last night for my “super bowl” dinner. It was delicious. I used frozen spinach as the veggie and no bake noodles, cause that’s what I had on hand. Very tasty and very easy. For those using the no bake noodles (I had Barilla) you might want to go heavy handed on the sauce, use the full 2 bottles. Those noodles tend to suck up a lot of liquid.

    Thanks for the recipe! So glad I pinned it. ;)

  45. Thanks so much for this recipe – I’ve been searching for a “skinny” veggie lasagna, and the crock pot concept took it to a whole new level for me!

    This is my first time on your blog and its great – thanks for sharing your ideas!

  46. Made the lasagna yesterday for my little ones and gramma to have for dinner as the hubs and I were celebrating Valentines day. My Ma and 2yo LOVED it (the oldest is a hard sell with any noodle dish) and I had it for dinner today and I think it is just fabulous. I have only made lasagna one other time in my life and it was in the crockpot. I always love veggie lasagna and think this is perfect!!! I used mostly carrots and broccoli with a little kale as well (put in food processor and got tiny little pieces) and my sauce was a mix of Arrabiata, Vodka (sauce) and marinara. PS: me and my 4yo are huge Frozen fans too!!!

  47. made this tonight, so delicious and easy! thanks for sharing recipe! will make this again.

  48. Another awesome recipe – I’ve made this a few times now and love love love it! Super easy, smells amazing while it’s simmering away and a great way to sneak tons of veggies in. I love how versatile it is and I’ve used both regular and whole wheat noodles, both with excellent results. Love this blog and I tell everyone I know to check it out!

  49. I’d like to try this recipe this week, but I’m sorta new to “dry” crockpot cooking. If I put uncooked noodles, and raw veggies like carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower, in the crockpot the way you direct in the recipe — will they be soft and moist at the end? Don’t I need a little bit of water in the crock as well? Help me, I’m nervous! :)

    • No water-there’s enough moisture in the sauce!! I put the veggies in food processor to make really tiny and that really helped. Buy regular lasagne noodles-not precooked-follow her directions (on high for 3hr and rest for one) and you’ll love it!!!

    • Yes! No water needed. :) You’ll be amazed – the sauce kinda does it all, and the veggies seep moisture during the cooking process, so you should not need any extra water.

  50. Joe y Fuangfoo says:

    How would I go about adding some sort of pork or turkey to this…? When would I add it and if not, would it be cooked before adding or will the crockpot cook it?

    • I would brown the turkey or pork (sausage) and mix with veggies and layer per pinchofyums’ directions:)

  51. Christina says:

    Hi Lindsay. Im interested to try ur recipe! Ive 10-15 people to cook for and am wondering if it will be enough for them or if I should make two? Id be serving it with a beer bread, but it’s mostly all men eating. Would two fit in one big crockpot and still cook properly or 1.5 times the recipe? I have a large crock pot but I don’t know the exact size.

    • Well, in a standard sized crockpot I got 12 pieces. But those are regular sized pieces, and if you have 15 people eating, then I would do 1.5 times the recipe if it fits in your crockpot.

  52. Great recipe. I actually used high fiber noodles and spinach, and it turned out great. Did not make it to leftovers!

  53. OMG, I made it today. Amazing! Loved the flavor. I used spinich and mushroom. I am not a vegetarian however I like vegetarian dishes so I added some spicy chicken italian sausage which gave it a great spice flavor!

    Thanks for sharing this.

  54. Any idea if this can be prepped the night before? Looks delicious!

  55. this looks yummy! making this tomorrow and just wanted to know if you cooked the lasagna before putting it in the crock, or did you just put it in there hard/uncooked.

    thanks! will let you know how it turns out. i think ill add mushrooms, carrots, sautéed shallots and garlic in addition to the kale.

  56. Hi! I was searching for a veggie lasagna recipe for Easter dinner when I came across your site and recipe. Wow…imagine getting out of all that prep and clean up on a holiday! Sounds almost too good to be true. Bonus is the kale to which I would add some spinach and maybe a few other goodies. It really does sound yummy. I believe I’m gonna cast aside my neurotic tendency to overdo the holiday thing and go for it! Thank you, Lindsay.

  57. Just made this for dinner and it was fabulous! Won’t get 9 servings from it. Ha ha!! Maybe 6 because it was SO good. Thanks!!

  58. As promised, made this on Easter Sunday-everyone loved it! It was moist, light (not heavy as some lasagnas can be) and exceptionally flavorful with fresh ingredients. I used baby spinach, kale, shredded carrot and garlic. Yum-O! Clean up was practically non-existent leaving me more time to enjoy the day with my family. No leftovers!

  59. LOVE this recipe! Do you think I can use marina and one jar of diced tomatoes instead?

  60. Love the lasagne recipe, the movie, not so much. There are just too many holes in the plot line. It’s as if they just tossed all the princess cliches in a crock pot and let it cook for 5-6 hours.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/16/everything-wrong-with-frozen_n_5498983.html

    Additionally, it is unclear whether this movie meant as a contemporary story or another “long ago and far away” fairy tale. If it’s the latter, the contemporary arrangement of the “Let it Go” theme song does not fit into any historical period.

    However, little girls who are the target audience conveniently won’t know the difference “anyway”.

  61. Natasha Love Smith says:

    I Loved, Loved, Loved this recipe. It was absolutely yummy AND easy! My family is still peering over the crock pot trying to get seconds. :)

  62. Hi! I noticed there was 1316mg of sodium per serving, and was wondering what ingredient(s) have the high salt content in this recipe? I am excited to make this recipe, but was hoping to also serve it to my 12 month old daughter, and that’s too much salt for her. If it’s the tomato sauce, then I know a brand that has no added salt, however, I don’t want to assume it’s the sauce in case it’s another ingredient causing the high salt content. Thanks in advance, hope to hear back soon. Love your recipes!!

    • Hm, it must be the sauce (whatever was being added as the brand of tomato sauce by Calorie Count). I don’t see any other ingredients that would cause a high sodium content.

  63. Stephanie says:

    This may sound silly but I’m so confused with the serving. About how many cups is 294 grams?

  64. This recipe is bananas…which means ruhl good! So easy, no cooking required, and hands down the best lasagna I’ve made. I used whole wheat lasagna noodles, which were the perfect heartiness to avoid soggy status, and added chopped baby kale, spinach, and basil as the veggies. This is the most no-brainer dish to feed a crowd (heartily) that I’ve found yet, and the leftovers (since we just cook for two) are still delish. Thanks for sharing, girl!

  65. Thanks for the inspiration. I just made a cream sauce veggie pasta in the crock and it is very tasty. The liquid in mine disappeared quickly as if by magic about 20 mins later. I want to do an eggplant parm -pasta combo in the crock next. thanks again for sharing

  66. Hi! Please confirm that it’s a 4-qt crockpot that’s used. THANKS! Laura

  67. Thanks for the recipe. It turned out great & I’ll definitely be repeating this meal in the future. In addition to kale, I added onions, mushrooms, zucchini, cauliflower, & carrots. Delicious!

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