Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna (Ravioli)

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Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna is a family favorite and so quick and easy to make!

A delicious meat sauce is layered with cheese and spinach filled ravioli and loads of gooey cheese and cooks up perfectly in the slow cooker.

This is one meal that everyone will agree on.

Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna is a family favorite and so quick and easy to make! A delicious meat sauce is layered with cheese and spinach filled ravioli and loads of gooey cheese and cooks up perfectly in the slow cooker. This is one meal that everyone will agree on.

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This Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna is a family favorite!  It seems we’re always off at some activity or event and some nights it seems like everyone is going through a revolving door.  This is perfect because it’s quick to make and we can have it ready for when we get home from soccer practice.

We love lasagna and although there are a lot of steps involved in making a lasagna from scratch, the results are always worth it!  This Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna uses a few shortcuts to make a lasagna dish that takes just about 15 minutes of prep and then cooks in the slow cooker but has the same great flavor.

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Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna is a family favorite and so quick and easy to make! A delicious meat sauce is layered with cheese and spinach filled ravioli and loads of gooey cheese and cooks up perfectly in the slow cooker. This is one meal that everyone will agree on.

The key to making this taste amazing is to use a high quality pasta sauce, the better the sauce, the better the dish!

Cheese and spinach filled ravioli (or you can use just cheese ravioli) replace the traditional layers of pasta and ricotta cheese making it super simple to put together and no boiling required. Adding the cheese on top right at the beginning of the the cooking allows it to get that yummy crusty edge that I love!

This recipe makes a large batch and I would suggest a 6 quart slow cooker or larger.

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Slow Cooker * Pasta Sauce * Ravioli *

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4.93 from 13 votes
Servings: 8 servings
Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
 
Author: Holly
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: crock pot lasagna

Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna is a family favorite and so quick and easy to make! A delicious meat sauce is layered with cheese and spinach filled ravioli and loads of gooey cheese and cooks up perfectly in the slow cooker. This is one meal that everyone will agree on.

Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion , diced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 large jar (45 oz) high quality pasta sauce
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large package (25-30 oz) cheese & spinach filled ravioli (uncooked)
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  2. Stir in Italian seasoning and pasta sauce. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Spray the inside of a 6-7 qt crock pot with cooking spray. Layer sauce, ravioli and cheese.
  4. Repeat layers ending with cheese. Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours.
Recipe Notes

Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 379, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 1031mg, Potassium: 544mg, Carbohydrates: 20g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 30g, Vitamin A: 15.1%, Vitamin C: 8.7%, Calcium: 31.6%, Iron: 33.1%

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna is a family favorite and so quick and easy to make! A delicious meat sauce is layered with cheese and spinach filled ravioli and loads of gooey cheese and cooks up perfectly in the slow cooker. This is one meal that everyone will agree on.

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

125 comments on “Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna (Ravioli)”

  1. I wonder if you could cook this on Warm for longer instead. I was thinking of this recipe for a night when i’d have to leave the crockpot on for like 6 hrs at least if it was on Low. Which would likely overcook this recipe.

    I wonder if 6 hours on Warm would work as well (instead of 3-4 on Low), anyone try it or have any ideas?
    (The meat ingredients are already cooked and hot when put in the pot.)

    • Crock Pot says “Warm is ONLY for keeping already cooked food at the perfect serving temperature. DO NOT cook on the Warm setting.” I don’t suggest cooking the food on warm. You may want to cook for 3 hours and then have your crockpot switch to Warm.

  2. Do u think it’d be possible to bake this dish instead?

  3. I have a 4.5 qt cooker. Should I adjust the cook time for this meal? And if so, what would you suggest as far as time and/or temp? Super excited to give this a try!! 

  4. I usually use throwaway plastic liners in my crockpot. Could I use one instead of sprayed ?

    • I’ve never tried it Ann. If it works for other recipes, I would think it could work. Let us know if you try it!

  5. My crockpot settings are high 4 hrs and 6hrs then low 8hr and 10hr

    Which one should I choose?

    • This recipe should cook on low for 3-4 hours, so you should select the low temperature and stop it when you reach 3-4 hours and it is cooked.

  6. This is an amazingly delicious and simple meal!  Thank you for sharing it with
    us!  I couldn’t find Ravioli with spinach and cheese so just used cheese stuffed
    Ravioli and ti was delicious!  I hope by pushing the 5th dot below that it means
    a 5 star recipe because the button system below didn’t make sense!  This is a
    5 Star Recipe!

  7. Hi! I was wondering if you have tried it with chicken instead of beef and alfredo sauce instead of spaghetti sauce? My son in law has trouble w/ anything tomato as his mouth is sensitive to acidic foods like tomato so I’m always trying to find different ways to cook our everyday favorites. This recipe sounds amazing! Look forward to hearing back from you.

  8. My daughter and I both got the ingredients to make this.  I decided not to do the recipe since frankly, I have never liked moc lasagna recipes because the texture is just not the same and I feel you just get a lot of heavy fat/carb without the enjoyment of the structure of traditional lasagna. But after tasting hers, I was impressed.  She used Italian sausage instead of beef (which was less work since no other seasoning or the onion was needed) and used frozen raviolis.  At the 4 hour mark it was perfect.  The frozen ravioli was very reminiscent of lasagna noodles, and the flavors were spot on.  I couldn’t believe it.  So simple, I’m definitely making this!

  9. I have a question and what kind of uncooked ravioli? Frozen or the kind next to the pasta in the grocery in the fridge? I bought frozen since it had to cook for 3 hours I want to know for sure for future reference

  10. Made this for a weekend dinner. I like recipes that make a lot of leftovers that we can eat all week- or the husband can take to can take to work, etc. This was great! The only modification I made was to add fresh spinach and mushrooms to the mixture. They cooked perfectly as the lasagna cooked in the crockpot. Yummy. 

  11. I made this last week and it is the best tasting lasagna ever. Loved it and it was so easy to make!!!!!
    Of course will be making again.

  12. Instead of using hamburger I used mild sausage but it was so delicious and hardly any work to it at all.

  13. Very Good. Great time saver!

  14. This is the best recipe. I’ve shared it many times already. I use the frozen Louisa Spinach and cheese raviola. It’s the best!!

  15. About how many does this feed? Approximately how many servings? I usually cook for about 20 plates once a week using 2 crockpots, need to guestimate…? Any suggestions?

  16. Bachelor here with a 4 qt crockpot. Will this recipe work as is for my cooker or should I adjust for the smaller size. Thanks in advance…

    • To be safe, I would adjust to a smaller size, or prepare to freeze half of the recipe for an easy crock pot meal in the future.

  17. What an awesome, delicious, and easy to make recipe! I make it at least twice a month, and every time get compliments from my family. :-)

  18. Made this lasagna last night it was delicious thanks for sharing…

  19. My family absolutely loves this recipe..it is inexpensive to make…super easy to make…soo love this…

  20. Bless you for sharing such an AWESOME recipe. I love Lasagna 
    but don’t make it. This was DELISH‼️I didn’t have any hamburger 
    and made it without and it was so good. I will definitely be making
    Lasagna from now on‼️ It will be so comforting on our cold snowy
    days in Canada. 

  21. Happy to hear that Kim!

  22. This was such an easy recipe to make. Everyone in the house loved it.

  23. Coukd you do this in the oven? If so what temp and for how long?

  24. What about cooking it in the oven? What temp and how long do you think?? 

  25. Thank you so, so, so much for this recipe!!! My son is constantly asking me to make lasagna for dinner, but I never seem to have time! This recipe saves so much time, and all the kids approved its just as good if not better than our regular lasagna recipe! Again, THANK YOU!!!

  26. I couldn’t find cheese and spinach ravioli…would it be ok if I just added fresh spinach to the ravioli layer or would the spinach get weird? Can’t wait to try this!

  27. OMG made it for supper SO GOOD I used frozen ravioli  couldn’t find cheese and spinach used 5cheese my son and enjoyed it very much ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  28. I work full time and leave pretty early in the the AM, do you think I cook this on low for 7-8 hours? Do you think it would over cook and come out dry?

    • I would be concerned it may dry out. If you do try it, please let us know how it goes. (Another option would be to cook it on the weekend as it reheats perfectly throughout the week).

  29. Was delicious and super easy! 

  30. I have made this recipe you only thing I changed was I used mild Italian sausage instead of the ground beef. This was so easy to make and it was so good. I’m having some friends over for the weekend and I am making this for our get together.

  31. So good, I make this all the time.

  32. This is the first time I have been here Wanted to check out the recipe I am elderly and live alone and need easy recipe’s to cook.

  33. I would love to make this for my consumers. Does anyone have a calorie count for this recipe?

  34. For the crock pot lasagna, did you use frozen ravioli or fresh? And if frozen, did you let them thaw first? Thanks for the recipe! Once I hear back I am totally making this!!!

  35. I’ve made this several times and it is a winner! Easy, delicious and my kids beg me to make it often. It’s a win-win, thanks!!

  36. What is the first layer.? Do you put sauce in than ravioli and than cheese?

  37. I made another recipe with frozen tots and it cracked my crock! Now I thaw everything before I start. I’m going to try another short cut – I have leftover meatballs in the freezer. I’ll let you know.

  38. This was a fabulous idea! I am always looking for ways to keep the family excited about new things. I had tortellini on hand, so I used that instead. Came out great! Definitely felt like mine got a bit dry, but my crockpot cooks way hot, even on low, so I’m not holding that against you. Great recipe!

  39. Has anyone cooked this in the oven instead of the crock pot?

  40. We made this for our Monday night meal and it is a hit! We added a little more sauce because everyone likes to dip their garlic bread in it. :) My son said it’s better than Stouffers.

  41. I am currently making this now. A little nervous but I hope it turns out good. Did anyone’s esle crock pot make funny sounds? Maybe its the steam or something but i keep hearing a odd sound. Anyways it smells good.

  42. Would it be ok to add ricotta or cottage cheese to,this? I’ve never used either of those in a crockpot recipe before.

  43. Oh my goodness! This is amazing. The only thing different in mine is that I add Italian sausage to the ground beef. My family went gaga over this. Thank you for this simple recipe.

  44. Could you use turkey instead of ground beef

  45. Frozen ravioli?

  46. Do you cook the ground beef first?

    • Yes, the ground beef is browned in step 1.

      • Do you think the beef could be put in uncooked and add more cook time to cook it all? I would like to just throw it all in the crock pot and let it cook while Im at work.

        • I haven’t tried this with raw beef so I can’t say for sure. If you do try it, I’d suggest using a very lean beef as you won’t be draining the meat. Please let us know how it works out for you!

  47. I have to tell you, I made this today for football Sunday….it was so easy and so fabulous! I never would have thought to layer sauce, raviolis and cheese but it’s genius. Husband loved it, it’s in the rotation. Lots of leftovers too! Thank you, loved it! I made it exactly as written-proportion of sauce to rav to cheese was perfect.

  48. I made this today during our “snow storm.” I’m so glad I did. It turned out so well

  49. Do you think I could substitute tortellini for the ravioli?

  50. I can not write to make all the things that I have seen on here.

  51. What if have to cook it on high

  52. I might have missed this part, but when does the ground beef go in? Does it go into the crockpot first?

  53. Made this for dinner today and even my very picky daughter asked for seconds! Thanks for a great recipe!

  54. Do you think you could assemble in your crockpot the night before, store overnight in the fridge, and then cook the next day? Thanks!

  55. Is the ravioli from the refrigerator section, or the freezer? I’ve seen it both.

  56. What brand of pasta sauce do you like to use?

    • One of my favorites is the Kirkland brand from Costco. Another one I really like is Classico brand in any variety.

      • What about the sauce you use? Not sure what type of quality u mean, I got ragu instead of Kroger but I’m guessing now you mean something u can’t get from Walmart haha

        • Any sauce you personally love is great in this recipe. One of my favorites is the Kirkland brand from Costco. Another one I really like is Classico brand in any variety.

  57. Can you put this on high instead of low?

  58. I’m concerned about the condensation dripping off the lid on to the cheese and making it soggy. Do you think I can use the towel trick? It’s where you put a kitchen towel across the bottom of the lid and tie the ends to the handle on top. This helps absorb excess moisture.

  59. I’m sure this is ultra basic but do you garnish with at the end?

  60. I just face-palmed. Hard. I’ve done ravioli in the oven covered in sauce and cheese, but never even considered the crockpot.

    I always use frozen ravioli because I have celiac disease and we are not worthy of fresh pasta. It has never been watery in the oven.

    I love it! Can’t wait to give it a shot!

  61. Do you use fresh or frozen ravioli? Do you think it’s ok to use frozen, and adjust the cook time?

  62. OHMYGOSH WOMAN! This looks beyond amazing! And easy too!

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