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Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna

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This skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna? Packed with good-for-you veggies, super easy to make, and made with a handful of simple ingredients.

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.

HOW TO MAKE OUR VEGGIE LASAGNA (40 SEC):

This skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna is packed with good-for-you veggies and super easy to make. Just put it in the crockpot and you've got dinner! | pinchofyum.com

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.

This skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna is packed with good-for-you veggies and super easy to make. Just put it in the crockpot and you've got dinner! | pinchofyum.com

Spoiler alert: this veggie crockpot 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?

This skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna is packed with good-for-you veggies and super easy to make. Just put it in the crockpot and you've got dinner! | pinchofyum.com

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.

This skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna is packed with good-for-you veggies and super easy to make. Just put it in the crockpot and you've got dinner! | pinchofyum.com

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

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

This skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna is packed with good-for-you veggies and super easy to make. Just put it in the crockpot and you've got dinner! | pinchofyum.com

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.

This skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna is packed with good-for-you veggies and super easy to make. Just put it in the crockpot and you've got dinner! | pinchofyum.com
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Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna


  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x

Description

This skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna is packed with good-for-you veggies and super easy to make. Just put it in the crockpot and you’ve got dinner!


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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
  • 34 cups chopped vegetables of choice (I used kale)
  • Pesto (to taste)
  • 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 1/2 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, pesto, 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

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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.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: crockpot lasagna, healthy lasagna, veggie lasagna, lightened lasagna

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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.

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine

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

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    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!

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      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. 🙂

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        Guadalupe

        Hi! Thank you for the recipe! Are there any other substitutes for the kale?

        Thanks!






    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      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. 🙂

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        tracey

        i;ve never eaten kale and not sure how to use it. do you have to cook it before or just layer it raw in the mix?

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    Amy

    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!

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    Jamie

    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!

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            Brittany

            Me too…
            Noodles. No boil or just the regular, hows she goin’, lasagna noodles?!?

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            Read the recipe, folks. It’s made with THICK wavy noodles. No-cook noodles are thin and nasty.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    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! 🙂

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    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…. 😉

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    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!

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    sara wynn

    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!

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        sara wynn

        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!!

        1. Pinch of Yum Logo

          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!