Simple Slow-Cooked Lasagna

Makes 8 servings

Preparation Time: 20 min
Cooking Time: 240 min

Let your slow cooker do the work and come home to this easy, heartwarming meal. Swap in other greens or cooked vegetables to change things up.


8 oz extra lean ground beef 227 g
onion, finely chopped
cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp dried oregano 10 mL
1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes 1 mL
1 jar tomato passata 700 mL
1 cup water 250 mL
10 whole wheat lasagna noodles 10
1 tub light ricotta cheese 475 g
container (142 g/5 oz) baby spinach, washed, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or parsley 60 mL
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese 30 mL
1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella 125 mL
Cook Time:
  • 6 to 8 hours on Low
  • 3 to 4 hours on High


Step 1
Lightly spray inside of slow cooker with cooking spray.

Step 2
In a large nonstick skillet, brown beef breaking up with spoon. Scrape out beef into a colander and let drain. Wipe out skillet and return to medium heat; cook beef, onion, garlic, oregano and hot pepper flakes for 5 minutes or until softened. Add passata and water and remove from heat.

Step 3
In a bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, spinach, basil and Parmesan cheese.

Step 4
Spread some of the meat sauce over bottom of slow cooker. Lay lasagna noodles in a single layer, breaking as necessary to fit. Top with one quarter of the sauce and one third of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice ending with meat sauce on top. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours or on High for 3 to 4 hours. About 15 minutes before serving lasagna, sprinkle mozzarella over top, cover and let cook on Low until melted.


Run out of fresh basil or parsley? For the fresh basil, sub in 15 mL (1 tbsp) dried basil and for the fresh parsley sub in 30 mL (2 tbsp) dried parsley. 
Swap in lean ground turkey for the ground beef. 
Leftovers make lunch a snap. Add a green salad to round out your meal.

Nutrition & Notes

Nutrition Information
Valeur nutritive
per 1 serving
% Daily Value
% valeur quotidienne
Calories / Calories 184
Fat / Lipides 8 g
Saturated / saturés 4 g
+ Trans / trans
Cholesterol / Cholestérol 31 mg
Sodium / Sodium 296 mg
Carbohydrates / Glucides 11 g
Fiber / Fibres 2 g
Sugars / Sucres 7 g
Protein Protéines 18 g
Vitamin A / Vitamine A
Vitamin C / Vitamine C
Calcium / Calcium
Iron / Fer