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Slow Cooker Meatball Lasagna - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
Slow Cooker Meatball Lasagna
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 10 mins
 
Traditional Italian Lasagna is a labor-intensive dish to make, but this Slow Cooker Meatball Lasagna takes only a fraction of the time to make but still has all the robust Italian flavor you love.
Course: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Italian Cuisine
Renee - Kudos Kitchen: Renée - Kudos Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 6-8 cups cooked and previously frozen meatballs your favorite variety
  • 1 box dried lasagna noodles broken into large pieces, divided in half
  • 1 carton 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 carton 15 ounces cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil plus 1 teaspoon, divided
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano plus 1 teaspoon, divided
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 large cans 29 ounces tomato sauce (your favorite variety)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella divided
  • 3 cups shredded Parmesan cheese divided
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese and cottage cheese.
  2. Stir in 1 tablespoon dried basil, 1 tablespoon dried oregano, 1 egg, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Add approximately 1 cup of tomato sauce to the bottom of a slow cooker.
  4. Add half of the broken lasagna noodles to the cooker in an even layer.
  5. Add half of the frozen meatballs to the cooker and top the meatballs with half of the cottage cheese and ricotta mixture. Spread evenly.
  6. Add 1/3'd of the shredded mozzarella and 1/3'd of the Parmesan cheese evenly on top of the ricotta mixture.
  7. Layer more sauce, the remaining broken pasta, the remaining meatballs, the remaining ricotta mixture and half of the remaining shredded cheese into the cooker ending with the final remaining sauce, the remaining basil, oregano, and the remaining shredded cheese.
  8. Cover the cooker and set on low for 6 hours, or high for 4 hours.
  9. Serve hot and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

tools and equipment:

7 - 8 quart slow cooker
measuring cups
large bowl
measuring spoons
wooden spoon or spatula