Spinach Lasagna

Spinach Lasagna

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Temp Low

Spinach Lasagna – great spinach lasagna recipe for the slow cooker


  • 2 Jars Favorite Sauce
  • 1 Package Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles
  • 2 Pounds Ground Beef, lean
  • 16 Ounces Cottage Cheese or Ricotta
  • Fresh Basil
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1 Can Whole Black Olives
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Package Fresh Spinach, frozen won't work
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 2-3 Tablespoons basil


  1. Step One

    Chop up basil and crush garlic put to side (save half for cheese mixture)

  2. Step Two

    Brown the meat with some basil, seasoning, and garlic.

  3. Step Three

    Drain meat and put to side to cool.

  4. Step Four

    Mix cottage or ricotta cheese with basil, seasoning, and garlic in a small bowl.

  5. Step Five

    Bottom layer of pot with marinara, beef, then noodles.

  6. Step Six

    Next layer is cheese mixture, spinach, marinara, then mozzarella.

  7. Step Seven

    Next layer is noodles, beef, marinara.

  8. Step Eight

    Repeat until you get to about 1/4 of the way to the top of pot.

  9. Step Nine

    Then add whole olives (they will pop in your mouth and taste better than sliced) and cover with remaining marinara and mozzarella.

  10. Step Ten

    Cover it and cook on LOW for 3-3.5 hours.

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  1. heather

    the whole family loves this lasagna and that is RARE! i have a 17 month old, 5 year old and 7 year old (she doesn’t love meat or spinach but gobbles this up). can you freeze part of this after it’s cooked for a later meal? we never eat it all and it is just too much for multiple leftovers. if so, what is the best way to freeze and then reheat? thank you!!

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  2. Meg

    Skip the ground beef and spices and go for Italian sausage. I use the spicy kind for a little kick, but mild is just as delish! Also, I use 1/2 meat, 1/2 ground mushroom and my fiance (Mr. Meat and Potatoes, hold the veggies) has yet to notice. He doesn’t even complain about the spinach he likes it so much!

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  3. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Savannah cook on LOW for 3 hours. Good catch, girl :/ THANKS!

  4. Savannah

    Cook on high or low? The recipe in the book is almost exact to this, but it says LOW for 3 hours? Help!

  5. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    No, Shelley, you don’t cook your noodles. So easy!!!! Just break them up to make them fit in your crock.

  6. shelley

    Question….are the noddles precooked for this recipe?

  7. molly

    I substituted extra lean turkey for ground beef and only used one pound…I also used low fat ricotta and low fat mozzarella, and used Gluten Free rice noodles and it worked PERFECTLY!

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  8. Amy

    I used chicken instead of beef and it worked out well. I also did 1/2 cottage cheese and 1/2 ricotta cheese. But the recipe needs some updates. There are no quantities listed for the basil or ricotta cheese. And I kind of had to make up the layering since I didn’t have room to repeat all the layers listed.

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  9. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Yes, Melissa. You can sub 2 lbs of cottage cheese for 2 lbs of ricotta to make it a healthier version of lasagna. Hope it’s a crockin’ success for ya!

  10. Melissa


    If you add cottage cheese instead of rocotta do you still use 2 lbs??? I am making this tonight and looking forward to trying this!!!

  11. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Blair, You can use uncooked noodles.

  12. Blair H.

    Cooked or uncooked noodles? I have seen it done both ways. What works best for this?

  13. Penny M.

    Cooked noodles, right??

  14. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Thanks for the head up, Sandy. It is fixed.

  15. Sandy F.

    I think step 5 is not written correctly.

  16. Holly P.

    Was wondering if you can eleminate the cottage cheese and or the ricotta cheese my family don’t like it thanks :)

  17. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    So glad it was a hit and you get some good veggies included in the meal.

  18. Nicole N.

    This was the best lasagna I have ever made! I loved the fresh spinach. My husband and 4 & 5 year old girls ate it up…an uncommonly quiet dinner! I had to trust the recipe that the noodles would cook through – and they were perfect. Lots of left overs to take to work or freeze. Thank you!!

  19. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    So glad you found a winner for your family…especially since you get sneak spinach into a yummy meal.

  20. Rosalinda C.

    I made this lasagna for my family last night. They loved it. I love that it only takes 3 hours. Will definately make it again.

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