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
  • 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
  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


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.