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Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne

by Adrianne

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne in your Slow Cooker is a life changing experience of easiness!  For a no fuss spinach ricotta lasagne, layer, repeat and cook!

Comfort food like our Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese show us that pasta recipes can be easily done with various cooking methods. Pressure Cooker recipes like our Instant Pot Spaghetti Bolognese teach us to cook everything at once to save time and energy. Crock Pot recipes like our Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup make for fuss free cooking! 

Easy crockpot lasagna is right here, in vegetarian form in all its deliciousness! 

Reminicent of our Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni and the winning combination of flavours. Super easy like our Rocket Pesto Pasta, this spinach and ricotta lasagne recipe shows you how to make a delicious vegetarian meal in your Slow Cooker with a modern twist on some of the ingredients. 

I’ve never been the type to stand at the stove and make bechamel sauce. It is easy but I have never really LOVED doing it. Greek yoghurt is my preference white sauce type of ingredient. So you know what I did? I developed this recipe with no saucepan in mind. Nope not one. Get the yoghurt, stir some stuff in there and sauce is done is my thinking, so here goes! 

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How do you cook Lasagne in the Slow Cooker?

To cook lasagne in the Slow Cooker we use much the same techniques as if we were making it in the oven. Our Crock pot bowl becomes our baking dish and once are sauces are made, we layer away!  

Slow Cooker lasagna takes the hard work out of a traditional favourite and makes it so simple to make!

In the same way that we would spray our casserole dish with cooking oil, we whip that out, give the whole bowl of the Slow Cooker a good spray and get it ready to do its thing. We don’t want any of that cheesy awesome deliciousness to stick so be liberal about it! 

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe are shown in the photo below, you can refer to this on your phone at the shops, so you get everything you need in 1 go!

Spinach and ricotta lasagne ingredients with text overlay

As you can see we need:

  • spinach (fresh is always my preference to cook with!) 
  • dried lasagna sheets
  • ricotta cheese
  • greek yoghurt (low fat)
  • tomato passata
  • crushed tomatoes (can also use diced)
  • condensed tomato soup
  • dried onion (saves time peeling one!) 
  • garlic
  • garlic powder (yup, or you can use 2 x tbs minced garlic)
  • salt and pepper
  • parsley

I love using minced garlic and dried onion as they save so much time! The only ‘hard work’ step we do is use the food processor to blitz our spinach. After that it is a walk in the park to destination Easy Spinach Lasagne ville! 

Slow Cooker Lasagne 

Slow Cooker recipes like this meatless lasagne are SO easy!!

After you have put everything in there you can walk away and await the delicious aroma of heaven which will start to waft your way from your kitchen. 

As we use the Slow Cooker for this recipe, it is a lot less ‘hands on’ meaning we can get other stuff done in the mean time! 

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Step by Step Slow Cooker Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne

The steps we need to take are shown in the photos below. They are all super easy! 
Spinach and ricotta lasagne process shots with text over lay 1

  1. add spinach leaves to food processor (photo 1)
  2. blitz for 5 seconds then remove blade to save washing a separate bowl (photo 2)
  3. add ricotta (photo 3)
  4. stir till spinach and ricotta are combined (photo 4)

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Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne process shots with text overlay 2

To make the tomato sauce 

  • add tomato passata (shown in photo 5) 
  • condensed tomato soup (shown in photo 6)
  • diced tomatoes (shown in photo 7)
  • and Italian herbs to a jug and stir to combine(shown in photo 8)

The tomato sauce will be one of the 3 liquid type layers for our lasagne, we keep it easy with great taste! 

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne method with text overlay

  • stir the herbs into the sauce (shown in photo 9) 
  • add the minced garlic (shown in photo 10) 
  • salt and pepper, stir, then set aside (shown in photo 11) 
  • start the white sauce with the greek yoghurt in a jug (shown in photo 12) 

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This is so easy as no saucepan needed but still a thick and creamy white sauce, perfect for lasagna! 

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne method photos with text overlay

  • add dried onion (photo 13)
  • garlic powder (photo 14)
  • stir to complete white sauce making (photo 15)
  • all 3 sauces ready layer!  (photo 16) 

Crockpot Lasagne steps

Spray your crockpot bowl liberally to prevent any sticking! 

Spinach and ricotta lasagne process shots with text over lay

  • spray Slow Cooker bowl (photo 17)
  • lay 1 lasagna sheet onto base of bowl (photo 18)
  • break a second lasagne sheet and spread it out (photo 19)
  • pour 1st tomato sauce layer onto dried pasta (photo 20) 

Now we layer the lasagne sauces and pasta just like when we make it in a baking dish for the oven. 

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne process shots with text overlay

  • pasta layer (photos 21 and 22)
  • spinach and ricotta layer  (photo 23)
  • white sauce ‘bechamel’ layer (photo 24)

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne method with text over lay

  • pasta layer (photos 25 and 26)
  • now repeat all sauce layers x 1, starting with tomato sauce layer  (photo 27)
  • then spinach and ricotta layer, then white sauce layer (implied)
  • finish with a tomato sauce layer (photo 28)

Almost there!! 

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne method with text overlay

  • top layer of tomato sauce (photo 29)
  • sprinkle your cheese on now Or you can do 30 mins before the end  (photo 30)
  • cook for 3 – 3 1/2 hrs on high or 6 – 6 1/2 hrs on low (lid on, no peeking!) (photo 31)
  • top with fresh parsley to serve (photo 32)

We are done! I hope you are hungry as this will be ready in 3 hrs and you won’t be able to hold back from the delicious smell whilst it is cooking! 

A sprinkle of cracked pepper, some freshly chopped parsley and you are serving this like no tomorrow. 

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Serve this the same day hot fresh and oozying deliciousness or the next day where it will be more ‘set’ and you can reheat in the microwave! 

Spinach and ricotta lasagne

Spinach and Ricotta quick info:

About the recipe:

  • this is a vegetarian recipe
  • we use 500 grams fresh spinach leaves
  • and 500 grams dried lasagne sheets
  • we use low fat Greek Yoghurt for our white sauce layer
  • this is an easy recipe! 

FAQs about cooking Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna in the Slow Cooker

  1. we spray the bowl to ensure that nothing sticks and clean up is easy! 
  2. this process is the same if you want to cook this recipe in the oven
  3. this is a freezer friendly recipe
  4. also a family friendly recipe
  5. this is an EASY recipe

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Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne Pro tips:

These additional tips are so that you can master lasagne in your Slow Cooker from the 1st time you attempt it:

  • spraying the bowl to prevent sitcking is essential
  • fresh spinach will have less water and is recommended over frozen
  • top with cheese before setting the temperature or add 30 mins before the end of the cook time

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To freeze this recipe, simply wait until it is cool, then portion out into zip lock bags. To reheat simply defrost and then microwave for 3-5 mins or until heated through! 

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Serve your lasagne with a simple salad for a delicious dinner idea! A lovely glass of red as the accompaniment! 

When the lasagne is freshly cooked it will be soft and ‘scoopable’ from the slow cooker. The next day it will be firm and more baked in appearance, choose your preference! 

Spinach and ricotta lasagna from the side showing layers of sauce and pasta on a blue plate

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Spinach and ricotta lasagne

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne (Slow Cooker)

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne in your Slow Cooker is a life changing experience of easiness!  For a no fuss spinach and lasanga recipe layer, repeat and cook!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Australian, International, Italian
Keyword: lasagne, pasta, vegetarian pasta
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 657kcal
Author: Adrianne

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • Baking dish (if using the oven to cook)

Ingredients

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne

  • 500 grams lasagne sheets Note 1
  • 1/2 cup cheese grated Note 2
  • parsley to garnish

Spinach and Ricotta

  • 500 grams spinach leaves
  • 375 grams ricotta cheese

Tomato Sauce

  • 700 grams tomato passata
  • 400 grams crushed tomatoes Note 3
  • 400 grams condensed tomato soup
  • 1 tbs garlic minced
  • 1 tbs Italian herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste

White sauce

  • 500 grams Greek yoghurt low fat
  • 1 tbsp dried onion Note 4
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne

    Spinach and Ricotta

    • Add spinach leaves to the bowl of the food processor and blitz for 5 seconds
    • Remove the blade from the food processor and add the ricotta cheese to the bowl. Use a spoon to stir the spinach and ricotta together, set aside

    Tomato Sauce

    • In a jug combine tomato passata, tomato soup, crushed tomatoes, minced garlic, dried onion, Italian herbs, salt & pepper, stir to combine, set aside

    White Sauce

    • Add Greek yoghurt, garlic powder, dried onion, stir to combine, set aside

    Lasagne

    • Spray the bowl of your Slow Cooker with canola oil
    • Do a pasta layer by laying one lasagne sheet on top of the tomato sauce, breaking another sheet and spreading it out across the surface
    • Pour a tomato sauce layer, pasta layer, spinach and ricotta layer, pasta layer and then a white sauce layer, repeat x 1 for each layer
    • Top the final layer of tomato sauce with cheese
    • Cook for 3 - 3 1/2 hrs on high or 6 - 6 1/2 hrs on low
    • Garnish with cracked pepper and parsley

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    Notes

    • Note 1 This usually comes in boxes of 250 grams. We need 2 x boxes. This is a standard size. 
    • Note 2 I use light cheese, cheddar is popular in USA. 
    • Note 3 You can use crushed or diced tomatoes. Go for the ones that have no added herbs as we are putting our own in there. 
    • Note 4 Dried spices area of the supermarket. So simple, great flavour and saves time and tears.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 589mg | Potassium: 1838mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 9249IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 465mg | Iron: 7mg
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    It is life changing when you 1st make lasagne in the Slow Cooker! Still the same great taste, texture, aroma and SO easy to do. 

    Make your nights fuss free and give it a go! 

    Please give me a shout if you have questions or make the recipe as I would love to hear your feedback.

    Meatless Monday, Slow Cooker, spinach, ricotta, – you, me, wine, sorted x

    Adrianne 

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    Emmeline April 13, 2020 - 7:38 am

    5 stars
    Such a delicious recipe for lasagna! i am usually not such a fan of lasagna but the addition of spinach, ricotta and greek yogurt made this all my taste!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms April 13, 2020 - 9:48 am

    5 stars
    This looks incredible!! I love homemade lasagne so much and it’s my husband’s favourite, so we’ll definitely be trying your spinach and ricotta version!

    Reply
    Danielle Wolter April 13, 2020 - 10:42 am

    5 stars
    This was just perfect comfort food for the miserable weekend we just had. The flavors were incredible and the ricotta made it perfectly rich and delicious. Great recipe!

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    Jessica April 13, 2020 - 11:32 am

    5 stars
    So eye pleasing and pops with Spring inspired flavors too!

    Reply
    Mimi April 13, 2020 - 3:12 pm

    Well I never would have believed this was possible! Fabulous!

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    Adrianne April 13, 2020 - 10:46 pm

    Haha thanks Mimi! Love your feedback as always!

    Reply
    saif April 14, 2020 - 4:11 am

    What a delicious lasagna. I love when you add the ricotta and spinach in this dish. It makes me hungry for lasagna.

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    Adrianne April 14, 2020 - 6:34 pm

    That is great to hear Saif! Yes love the ricotta spinach combo it’s so easy! Thanks for your feedback.

    Reply

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