Crockpot Lentil Vegetable Lasagna

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DSC 04561 Crockpot Lentil Vegetable Lasagna

Let’s talk about lasagna for a second.. It is, traditionally, a comfort food. It’s not always healthy. And it tastes delicious. I don’t make lasagna all that often…but when I do, I always try to make it healthier with a couple of changes:

  • I look for a sauce that it low in sodium, or I make my own sauce by using no-salt-added crushed tomatoes and adding garlic and italian spices.
  • I ALWAYS add extra vegetables. I mix them right into the sauce. Fresh, frozen…doesn’t matter. Whatever you have on hand.
  • I add a lean protein. When I ate meat, it was usually ground turkey. Now that I don’t, I use white beans or lentils. I mix them right into the sauce as well.
  • I use part skim ricotta, and I add frozen spinach to it (more veggies!)
  • I use low-fat and limit the amount of mozzarella cheese I use.

This weekend I tried something different. I made lasagna in the crockpot. And it worked like a charm! I used regular lasagna noodles and didn’t cook them beforehand. I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical that they would cook, but they did!

Crockpot Lentil Vegetable Lasagna
 
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Put your crockpot to good use and whip up this easy veggie lasagna. It's a nutritious spin on a classic comfort food, perfect for chilly winter dinners.
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 jar pasta sauce (24-32 oz)
  • 2½ c cooked lentils
  • 2½ c mixed vegetables (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1- 16 oz tub part skim ricotta
  • 1 c frozen spinach (defrosted & squeezed to remove water)
  • 2 Tbsp pesto
  • 9 lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 1 c shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together the pasta sauce, vegetables, lentils, garlic and oregano.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the spinach, ricotta and pesto.
  3. Spoon a thin layer of sauce onto the bottom of the crockpot.
  4. Break 3 lasagna noodles to fit in the crockpot.
  5. Top with some of the ricotta mixture, sauce and a little mozz cheese.
  6. Repeat 2 more times.
  7. Cook on low for 4 hours or until noodles and vegetables reach desired tenderness.

 

Easy peasy. Comfort food at its finest…and healthified to boot!

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A word of warning. Some of the moisture from the sauce is absorbed to cook the noodles, so this lasagna may not have as much sauce as you’re used to. I personally like mine with less sauce, but I left a bit of sauce in the jar when I made the lasagna and then I just heated it up and added it to the top of my hubby’s before serving because he likes his with more sauce than I do.

Also, please note that you don’t have to use all the ricotta cheese mixture. I’m not a huge ricotta fan so I usually only use about 2/3 of it. Perfectly acceptable.

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Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


Comments

  1. This looks like it would make an amazing meal. It combines three of my current favorite things: lasagna, lentils, and crock pot meals. Definitely pinning this!

  2. Pinned! I’ve just started making lasagna in the crock pot and was surprised how well it comes out. I never thought to put lentils in. Thanks for the tip!
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  3. YAY!!! I saw you post a picture of this yesterday and I was hoping you would have the recipe up soon!!! YUM!!!!!!!!!! Lasagna is a great meal to make healthier- your tips are spot on. Love this!!! Have a great day girl!!
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  4. I’ve always wanted to make lasagna in the slow-cooker!! Thanks for the recipe Lindsay. IT looks amazing (AmazeBalls, ha!)
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  5. Looks delicious, Lindsey and I am the Crock Pot Queen in my area ;-) but a question…Does it come out in one piece or do you have to take the servings out one at a time? Just trying to visualize this. Great idea!!
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  6. How unique with the lentils! Looks good!
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  7. this looks so good and perfect for the cooler temps and holidays! i’ve never made lasagna in the crockpot (ok i’ve only made lasagna once before) so i think i’ll give this a try!!
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  8. WOW this looks and sounds amazing. I have to make this. And this might just be the meal I was looking for to bring for Thanksgiving since I need to have something vegetarian. Sweet!
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  9. This sounds amazing!!! And looks fantastic. I love an easy but healthy crockpot meal!

    Cheers
    ~ Jillian
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  10. Love the food pics and how you focus on the front piece and blur the back. I need to learn how to do this with video.
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  11. I love my crockpot almost as much as I love you, so this is made for me. Have to make this sometime soon!
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  12. I love lentils so I am definitely going to try this!
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  13. Lindsay this is so awesome! I love the addition of all the extra veggies. When I finally get a crock pot I will be making this immediately! Mmmmm so comforting and perfect for fall :)
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  14. YUM!!!!! It’s only 10am and now I really want some lasagna…. ;)

  15. I NEED to start using my crockpot more! I am always so busy and whine about not having time to make dinner….I really have no excuse because my crockpot should be my best friend! :)
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  16. This looks awesome Lindsay – I’m thinking it’s perfect for a Sunday night dinner!!!
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  17. such an awesome idea! it looks super delish. I’m gonna have to try this :)
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  18. Great idea! It looks so good!
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  19. I love my crock pot and I LOVE lasagna..this looks freakin’ awesome. THANK YOU for sharing! this may just be my sunday dinner this upcoming weekend!
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  20. This looks (and sounds) delicious!
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  21. This sounds delicious!! I’m definitely trying this once I unpack my crockpot again from one of the 50 boxes stacked in my inlaws’ garage :)
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  22. I will be trying this for sure! I love lentils, but can’t imagine them in lasagna, but will definitely try it!
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  23. Looks delicious as usual! How did I not know that you are a vegetarian?
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  24. This looks awesome! I love the addition of lentils. I’m consistently low in iron, and lentils are one of the foods I eat to boost myself when I’m low. I’ve never heard of making lasagna in the crock pot, but I really want to try it out now!
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  25. This looks fabulous, totally gotta make this! I’m a lentil lover but I don’t think my hubby has ever tried them… I don’t think he could turn down a slice of lasagna ;) And I like my pastas a little “drier”[?] and he prefers more sauce- maybe it’s a girl/ guy thing?!
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  26. I made your recipe tonight and it was so good. I used black lentils (ready made from Trader Joe’s) and hubby said it was so tasty. He says next time 3 hours instead of 4, a tiny burnt but not horrible. So glad it turned out.

    I’m looking for more vegetarian crockpot meals so if you have more, I’m all ears!
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  27. The best vegetarian lasagna I’ve ever tasted!! and without the guilt. It’s so easy to make too! Thank you for creating this recipe.

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