Turkey and Pesto Slow Cooker Lasagna
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs 30 mins
Resting Time
15 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 50 mins
 

This Turkey and Pesto Slow Cooker Lasagna is a healthy version of your favorite Italian dinner recipe -- made easily in the Crock Pot!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: crock pot lasagna, healthy lasagna recipe, slow cooker lasagna
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 343 kcal
Author: Blair
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground turkey breast or substitute with chicken, ground beef, or sausage
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) container low fat ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup pesto
  • 2 cups shredded part skim mozzarella cheese divided
  • 9 “no boil” (or "oven ready") lasagna noodles
  • Parmesan cheese for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook turkey, onion, Italian seasoning, and salt until turkey is no longer pink. Drain.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, pesto, and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

  3. Spray a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Spread about 1/3 of the marinara sauce onto bottom of the slow cooker. Place a layer of 3 lasagna noodles on top, breaking noodles as necessary to fit in cooker.

  4. Spread about 1/3 of ricotta cheese mixture on top of noodles. Then add 1/2 of turkey mixture on top. Drizzle with another 1/3 of the marinara sauce and then another layer of 3 noodles.

  5. Repeat with additional layer of 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture and 1/2 of the turkey. Top with remaining noodles, remaining ricotta cheese mixture, and remaining marinara. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese.

  6. Cover and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours or on HIGH for about 2 hours. You know it's done when the noodles are tender and the cheese is melted!

  7. Remove lid and allow lasagna to cool slightly (for about 10-15 minutes) before slicing and serving. This will allow it to set so that it stays together nicely in squares!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Turkey and Pesto Slow Cooker Lasagna
Amount Per Serving (1 /8 of the recipe)
Calories 343 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 934mg41%
Potassium 611mg17%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 885IU18%
Vitamin C 6.9mg8%
Calcium 404mg40%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.