Slow Cooker Spinach Lasagna With Romaine Salad


Spinach elevates the classic ricotta and Parmesan cheese mixture.

Slow-Cooker Spinach Lasagna With Romaine Salad
Photo: José Picayo
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
6 serves

Spinach and ricotta cheese come together in this vegetarian-friendly slow cooker lasagna. The best part? You can carefully place your ingredients directly in the crockpot and then forget about this dish for three and a half hours—which is the ideal timeline for a large Sunday gathering.

Layers of marinara sauce, pasta, mozzarella, and a spinach-ricotta mixture cook slowly until the ingredients meld and the noodles become tender. Pair with a simple romaine salad, and you have a classic Italian staple with just 15 minutes of hands-on time.



  • 2 10-ounce packages chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove excess moisture

  • 1 cup ricotta

  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan

  • 3 cups marinara sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella

  • 6 regular lasagna noodles (not no-boil)

Romaine Salad

  • 8 cups shredded romaine lettuce

  • 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. In a bowl, mix together the spinach, ricotta, and ½ cup of the Parmesan. In a second bowl, mix together the marinara sauce and ½ cup water.

  2. Spread ¾ cup of the marinara mixture in the bottom of a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker.

  3. Top with 2 noodles (breaking to fit), ¾ cup of the remaining marinara mixture, half the spinach mixture, and ½ cup of the mozzarella; repeat.

  4. Top with the remaining noodles, marinara mixture, mozzarella, and Parmesan.

  5. Cover and cook on low until the noodles are tender, 3½ to 4 hours.

  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the lettuce, cucumber, and onion and toss to combine. Serve with the lasagna.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

2671 Calories
127g Fat
248g Carbs
146g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 2671
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 127g 163%
Saturated Fat 53g 265%
Cholesterol 290mg 97%
Sodium 6676mg 290%
Total Carbohydrate 248g 90%
Dietary Fiber 45g 160%
Total Sugars 52g
Protein 146g
Vitamin C 37mg 187%
Calcium 3316mg 255%
Iron 25mg 142%
Potassium 5459mg 116%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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