Whole Grain Crock Pot Sausage Lasagna


Serves: 8-10         Prep Time:  15 minutes        Cook Time: 8 hours on low - 6 hours on high

2 lbs ground Italian sausage

1½  teaspoons dried basil, divided

1½  teaspoons dried oregano, divided

2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided

1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

½ teaspoon black pepper, divided

2 cans (29 ounces) tomato sauce, divided

1 box whole grain lasagna noodles, uncooked (regular lasagna noodles also work)

1 carton (24 ounce) cottage cheese, divided

1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese, divided

 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

Fresh basil leaves for garnish (if desired)

- Brown the sausage in a large skillet with ½ teaspoon dried basil and ½ teaspoon dried oregano. Cool slightly.

-Cover the bottom of the crock pot with a thin layer of tomato sauce. Break approximately 4-5 lasagna noodles and place in a layer in the crock pot. Top the noodles with half of the cottage cheese, half of the ricotta cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella, 1 cup of Parmesan, half of the remaining dried basil, oregano and half of the garlic powder. Top the cheese and seasonings with half of the browned sausage and top with a liberal layer of tomato sauce. 

-Continue with additional layers (just as before) with the remaining ingredients (layer order really doesn't matter), but make sure to end with a liberal layer of sauce and the remaining Parmesan cheese, dried oregano, basil and garlic powder. Cover and cook for the desired amount of time (8 hours on low, or 6 hours on high).

-Cool slightly and serve with fresh basil as garnish, if desired.

Kudos Kitchen by Renee