October 30, 2015

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yields: 4+


Meat Sauce

1 kg minced steak

1 tbls oil plus spray olive oil

2 x 425g cans tomatoes

2 medium onions

200g mushrooms

2 clove garlic

280g tomato paste

2 teas oregano

2 teas basil

Pinch salt

Pinch pepper

120g spinach

Mozerella and parmesan - however much you like of each!

Dry Lasagna sheets/srips

Microwave Bรฉchamel Sauce

600ml milk

2 tbls butter

2 tbls flour


1Meat Sauce

2Heat oil in large fry pan, fry onion, garlic, minced steak, mushrooms, herbs, salt and pepper for 5 minutes to slightly brown and get big lumps out. Add tomatoes, spinach and tomato paste, stir to combine.

3Microwave Bechamel Sauce

4Melt butter for 30 seconds or so in microwave, stir flour in and cook for 1 minute so it resembles breadcrumbs. add milk, stir to combine. cook in 1 minute bursts until thick. (took me approx 3 minutes total)

5Prepare Lasagna

6Lightly spray slow cooker dish with oil. Pour meat, then a layer of bechamel into the dish. Arrange uncooked Lasagna strips over the bechamel. Cover liberally with meat sauce, bechamel and some mozzarella. Continue alternating layers of lasagna, meat and bechamel. Arrange mozzarella over bechamel and then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. cook for 2 hours on high then 1-1.5 hours on low.

7Or 6-8 hours on low depending on what your slowcooker is like.

8Cook with tea towel trick under the lid.

Submitted by Melissa McClelland


73 Reviews


July 28, 2022

I simply made my own original sauce, i used zucchini, carrot, Capsicum, onion, mushroom, 2 garlic cloves, 800g tin of diced tomatoes, 240g of tomato paste, italian herbs and salt/pepper i slightly cooked as recommended.
Made my own cheese sauce as i call it, 1lt milk, 3/4 cup flour, 240g melted butter, a pinch of nutmeg and salt and pepper, plus i add 1/2 cup parmasen cheese and 1/2 cup of tasty cheese.

Cooked in the slower cooker on low for 6 hours and turned out amazing ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ thank you for inspiration. My kids loved it and partner.


April 24, 2021

Great recipe. Cut it down to 500g of mince so halved other ingredients but not bechamel sauce, kept the same amount.Grated carrot and zucchini instead of spinach. Bechamel sauce was a bit runny for my liking so thickened with cheese. Next time would cut down to 500mls. Nice flavours and love that it turns out so successful in slow cooker.

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 22, 2021

Searing slow cookers are still ok … just keep an eye on it if yours cooks hot that it doesn’t cook a little faster


February 20, 2021

My slow cooker has a metal insert. Will this work or will the heat be too intense?


January 2, 2021

Lovely recipe. Even my picky 14 y/o granddaughter ate it. Followed the recipe apart from quartering 5 mushrooms, as I am allergic to them…easier to spot this way.


December 27, 2020

Well, it was okay, but the beshamel sauce was too watery and the top layer of lasagna was rubbery. Not sure what happened as I followed the recipe to the letter. Iโ€™ll try another recipe next time.

Nicole Lovell

December 11, 2020

This is definitely the only way to make a lasagna. Absolutely delicious and the husband went back for seconds (huge serves as well lol ๐Ÿ˜‚).
Paulene you are an absolute genus

vicky Attard

November 5, 2020

I made this yesterday in my Crockpot, left out the mushrooms, spinach. I used corn flour instead of plain flour ( for a change) and drained some of the fat/juices before assembling. Oh yummy I just like the flavour of the mince in the sc. Yummy definitely will be making again : )


October 8, 2020

I used Turkey mince, vegan parmesan and mozzarella, almond milk and nuttelex fit gluten and dairy free alternative
Had tibuse 4 tbs gluten free flour and took about 4 mins in microwave for sauce…delicious

Melissa Clark

October 7, 2020

Loved this and kids did as well. They didn’t even notice it had spinach. Winning. Love your books.

Alyson Medew

September 30, 2020

Made this lasagna tonight. Everyone liked it . Only made a half serve in a small slow cooker for 6 hours on low. Put meat in raw. Will; make again.


August 21, 2020

My family loves this! I have quite a small SC so I do a half amount (but more mushrooms) and the full amount of bechamel sauce. I have found the fast way – 2 hours on high and 1.5 on low, with the tea towel under the lid just for the low part makes it the perfect moist/firm consistency. I get at least 8 decent serves. Will be on weekly rotation at my place forever.


May 24, 2020

Iโ€™m new to cooking and just started slow cooking since lockdown started (too busy commuting and working before!). I feel like Iโ€™m a gourmet cook overnight especially after this lasagna turned out so well! I will be making this again in the near future!

Bec Lawson

May 24, 2020

Such an awesome and convenient recipe. Chucked everything in raw and it cooked to perfection. Fed 5 of us.


March 8, 2020

Loved this was enough to feed 4 adults 4 kids


March 7, 2020

I made this was on it tonight and it was yummy definitely making it again


February 25, 2020

This is by far the best Lasagna I have ever cooked. It is also soo much nicer than most restaurants where I have eaten Lasagna and that says alot

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 25, 2020

I’ve done them raw ๐Ÿ™‚


February 24, 2020

Can you put the ingredients in raw or do you have to fry them before?


February 24, 2020

I always add bacon to this recipe. I canโ€™t fault it! Always works out and Iโ€™ve made it so many times with never a fail.


February 19, 2020

Iโ€™ve made this so many times and it always looks and tastes the same. My kids love it. I halved the recipe this time as I only had 500g of mince. Still came out perfect ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

December 15, 2019

Use the 6L ๐Ÿ™‚


December 15, 2019

Hi, just wondering what size slow cooker people are using ? Iโ€™ve got a 3 litre and a 6 litre. Are folks using a 6 litre one?


December 9, 2019

Made my first lasagna in the SC today. I was a little worried that it was going to be on for 2hrs longer than the recommended low setting cook time.
Got home late and it was perfect. The kids commented from the front door “Wow something smells great”. 5mins in the door and the kids are eating with no dinner time “hangries” they normally get when I’m making dinner.
Definitely be making it again in the SC.


August 4, 2019

I cooked this recipe. I added chorizo. It was very nice ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Tracy Warner

August 1, 2019

This is a firm favorite @ our family dinners

You can use the jars sauces too but I’d still use the mince with them and stick to times ๐Ÿ™‚


July 28, 2019

Can you just use jars of Bolognese
sauce and cheese sauce to save time do you still cook it 8hrs on low never made it want to try but a little unsure

Tracy Warner

June 24, 2019

This was a huge hit with hubby and my parents. Very delish ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ and definitely going to be a regular in this household ๐Ÿ˜
I did cheat by using store bought bechamel sauce ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


June 14, 2019

Can you use fresh lasagna sheets

One of the draw backs of multi cookers :/ I wonder if perhaps you could fashion a little foil or baking paper bowl to sit on top of the lasagna (but under the closed lid) to catch any of the condensation maybe? That’s one idea that I can think of? ๐Ÿ™‚


June 10, 2019

Has anyone tried this without the tea towel? I have a multi function cooker and can’t use tea towel.


June 8, 2019

My family loved the lasagne. My 9 year old (he appears to be going through a growth spurt) in particular single handedly demolished nearly half of it. A huge hit!

Manda Van Niekerk

June 6, 2019

Absolutely wonderful. I will not use another recipe again. Used soya milk and had to increase the flour and butter but otherwise just perfect.

Yes for the whole slow cooking time


June 3, 2019

Can someone please explain the tea towel trick to me and do you do it for the whole time it is cooking?


June 2, 2019

This recipe is amazing! Made this on a cold Friday for my family. Everyone smashed it and said it was the best ever! I cooked mine for 6hrs on low and will never use my oven do to lasagna again ๐Ÿ™‚


April 25, 2019

Had this for dinner last night with mash potato and broccoli it was Devine. Just had the left overs for lunch.

I’d used crushed myself ๐Ÿ™‚

Tanya R

August 12, 2018

What kind of canned tomotoes is best? Crushed, whole etc.

Erika Manuela

August 12, 2018

This was a winner in our house the other day! Didnโ€™t even make it onto next day as leftover! Had to add some grated cheese on bechamel sauce as it would not thicken and it came out beautifully. Will def be making this again and again!


July 13, 2018

Had this tonight was sooooo good. Great for when we care home my daughters footyball game! Big hit!


May 11, 2018

If you like add ricotta into it. Just cut up the ricotta into pieces and sprinkle on each level of meat. You will thank me later


May 5, 2018

Great recipe ! Delicious


May 5, 2018

We like a more traditional lasagne, so I leave out the Mushrooms and Spinach, but this is the only way I cook Lasagne now . My slow cooker is 6l, so it feeds a family of 5 with leftovers for lunch.


May 5, 2018

I love lasagne made this way, I have used round wraps as well with a lasagne sheet in the middle of the two halves. (Cut the wrap in half like a semi circle and place the round edges against the bowl with a sheet of lasagne or another piece of wrap in the middle) perfect every time!

Rita Fiorentino

April 22, 2018

fantastic. Big hit in my family. When I use to make in the oven it was always watery. Not this one. People don’t believe me when I say I cook in slow cooker.

Jodie Leemhuis

March 27, 2018

Absolutely delicious recipe! I added 120 gm extra tomato paste, diced carrots and used 250 gm finely diced mushrooms. I also added an extra tablespoon of flour and extra milk, grated tasty cheese and cracked black pepper to the bechamel sauce. Cooked on high for 2 hrs then low for 2.5 hrs. The BEST lasagna ever!!


March 2, 2018

Do you just put the tea towel over the cooker then put lid on top and at what point is it best to do this?


February 20, 2018

My first time making any type of lasagna. Such a success and so delicious.

Emma Roney

January 28, 2018

Extremely yummy ๐Ÿคค

Andrea Gray

August 12, 2017

Love love love


August 11, 2017

I usually use a veal mince and cook it into the sauce when I cook my lasagnas and always use fresh herbs


May 23, 2017

sorry I don’t no what the Cook with tea towel trick under the lid. could someone explain please thanks

Melissa McClelland

February 21, 2017

Hi! Dry herbs are what I use, but fresh would work too if that’s what you have?
I use the 280 g of tomato paste as that’s what my Mum’s original recipe uses, but if you want to use less that’s perfectly ok? It may not be strong enough in flavour though? It’s easily adaptable to whatever your personal preference is and can’t hurt to try.
I also need to get this recipe edited to include thatdry lasagna sheets to be used and a tea towel around lid is needed to prevent condensation

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 21, 2017

I’ve asked Melissa to come and confirm the questions for her recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 21, 2017

I’m thinking dry but I’m asking Melissa to come and confirm the questions for her recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 21, 2017

I believe that’s what was intended ๐Ÿ™‚


February 21, 2017

Is 280g of tomato paste a typo? It’s usually only a table spoon in these type of recipes

Emma Wiles

February 21, 2017

Do you use dry or fresh herbs for this recipe please?

Emma Wiles

February 21, 2017

do you suggest dry herbs or fresh herbs for this recipe please

Melissa McClelland

February 19, 2017

Dry lasagna sheets work the best for this recipe, I have tried it with fresh, and it didn’t turn out as well, so I always use the dry ones, I think it helps absorb the excess liquid and makes it turn out so good!! And they are cheaper so bonus ๐Ÿ™‚


January 15, 2017

Do the lasagne sheets have to be fresh? Or can I use the boxed variety?

Melissa McClelland

June 27, 2016

Yes Simone its the same do any type of mince would be fine.


June 14, 2016

This is my go-to recipe….
1hour before its done i always put a tea towel underneath.


April 25, 2016

is this for a 2 1/2 litre slow cooker or do i have to halve the ingredients

michelle slade

February 3, 2016

absolutely loved this was a big hit will never cook lasagne in oven again

I would yes ๐Ÿ™‚

Marni Campbell

January 15, 2016

Hi, i have jar sauce to use, would i still cook for the same time using jar sauce?

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 24, 2015

Yes you can ๐Ÿ™‚


November 24, 2015

whats minced steak? could u use regular/premium normal mince?

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