Lighter Slow Cooker Lasagne

Lighter Slow Cooker Lasagne

Here’s a recipe I created for a lighter slow cooker lasagne, not smothered in cheese sauce and with lots of veg in it, that suits both picky kids who don’t like cheese (I have one of those) and those wanting to eat more healthily (like me). A family favourite that you will want to make again and again when you find out how easy it is in the slow cooker!

Lighter Slow Cooker Lasagne - BakingQueen74

One of the great things about this dish is that you don’t need to cook the meat sauce first on the hob as you do when making lasagne in the oven. Instead it is all just thrown in together, which is of course great for busy families. I find that the slow cooking in the pot brings out the flavours in the meat sauce just as well as cooking it on the hob.

As my lighter slow cooker lasagne is just topped with a quick and easy to make cheese sauce, it holds together well and can be transferred into another dish for freezing or just storing in the fridge, if you have any leftovers.

Lighter Slow Cooker Lasagne
Course: Main Course
Calories: 425 kcal
Author: bakingqueen74
  • 500 g 5% fat beef mince
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 400 g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp tomato puree
  • 9 sheets of lasagne dried
  • 200 ml reduced fat creme fraiche
  • 50 g grated mozzarella
  • splash of milk
  • a few fresh basil
  • spray olive oil to grease the pot
  1. Brown the beef mince in a pan, without using oil.
  2. Once it is brown all over, stir in the onion, red pepper and green pepper.
  3. Add the dried oregano and the dried rosemary, the tin of chopped tomatoes and four tablespoons of tomato purée and mix well.
  4. Put one third of the mixture in the base of the oiled slow cooker pot. 

  5. Top with three sheets of lasagne, broken to fit.
  6. Put another third of the mince mixture on top of the lasagne sheets, and top again with three lasagne sheets, broken to fit.
  7. Repeat once more to use up all of the mince mixture.
  8. Mix the reduced fat creme fraiche, grated mozzarella and a splash of milk in a small bowl. Pour it over the top layer of pasta and spread it around to cover the top. Add a few leaves of fresh basil.
  9. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.
Recipe Notes
  • I used my large 5.7 litre slow cooker for this dish.
  • This dish comes in at only 425 cals per serving (based on 4 portions, calculated using MyFitnessPal).

Lighter Slow Cooker Lasagne - BakingQueen74

When the cooking time is up, you might be a bit amazed as I was to see that the top of the lasagne has browned, in the slow cooker. No grill needed! Check out my recipe index in the menu above for loads more slow cooker recipes suitable for families, including lots of desserts.

Lighter Slow Cooker Lasagne - BakingQueen74

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I am a fan of yoghurt in lasagne so will be happy to try a creme fraiche version too.

Janice (@FarmersgirlCook)

What a great idea, I must try making this.


Ooh I’ve not long had a slow cooker. Need to try this x


Such an great way to make a lasagne which can be a hassle to make the usual way. Love the lighter version aspect too!


You are so inventive with you slow cooker Lucy. Love the idea of this. If I keep reading your posts, one day I will make the supreme effort and unearth my slow cooker from the back of the cupboard. OR better still win the lottery and buy a house with a decent sized kitchen 😉