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Lasagna Dip (Crock Pot Recipe)

Every time I take this Lasagna Dip to a party or a potluck, I come home with an empty dish and requests for the recipe! This recipe is better than all the rest because it contains noodles too. Not only an appetizer, it doubles as a full meal on busy nights.

extra cheesy lasagna dip

Easy Lasagna Dip

It’s like taking all the yummy parts of traditional lasagna and turning it into something you can dip your chips in. Made with hearty ground beef, tangy marinara sauce, Italian spices, and tons of gooey cheese you can taste in every bite.

Not only that, but it’s made in the slow cooker which means easy prep and even easier clean up!

I love lasagna is just about any form I can get it. My mom’s lasagna is the best, but also this spicy lasagna soup, this one pot skillet lasagna, and this lasagna casserole make my tummy happy.

Whether you make it for a game night, tailgating, or just to eat at home, everyone will keep coming back for more dip, it’s so good!

Don’t want to use a slow cooker? Make this dip in a large skillet or a baking dish and cook at 350F for 30 minutes.

Crockpot Dips

There is nothing better than a warm and cheesy dips simmering away in a slow cooker. Check out some of my most popular Crock Pot Dips:

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favorite lasagna flavors in a dip

Ingredients Needed

Pasta – Use oven ready lasagna sheets. You can also leave these out all together.

Ground beef – Use lean ground beef or substitute ground turkey or Italian sausage.

Ricotta cheese – Whole milk ricotta is best. Be sure to drain fully.

Mozzarella – Shredded mozzarella is best or substitute an Italian blend.

Tomato sauce – Use your favorite pasta sauce. I love a spicy one!

Onion – Sweet or white onion. Or leave out and substitute onion powder.

Spices – Use Italian seasoning or substitute oregano and basil.

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How to Make Lasagna Dip Recipe

First: In a crockpot, combine the cooked ground meat, onion, ricotta, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Stir to combine.

Second: Break the lasagna noodles into bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle the noddles around the crock pot and stir to mix them in the sauce mixture. Use a spoon to spread the dip evenly in the crockpot and level it out.

Third: Sprinkle the remaining 2 cups of mozzarella cheese over the top of the dip mixture. Cook on low for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the cheese is all melty and stretchy and the noodles are soft.

Fourth: Turn the crockpot to warm, garnish with parsley, and serve with garlic bread or other dippers!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

addictive dip recipe in a slow cooker

What to Serve with Lasagna Dip

How to Store Leftovers

Store any leftovers, if there are any, in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Can I freeze it?

Yes, you can! Let the dip cool and place in a freezer safe container. Thaw overnight and place back in the crockpot on low 30 minutes before serving.

this lasagna dip recipe is a crowd pleaser

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Add a light spray of oil the crockpot bowl or use a liner for easier clean up.
  • Substitute small curd cottage cheese for ricotta if desired.
  • I use oven ready pasta sheets. There are plenty of pasta brands out there that sell the oven ready or par-cooked versions.The par-cooked pasta versions are thinner and can cook in the slow cooker with minimal liquid which is perfect for dips and soups.
  • Cook the ground beef ahead of time and store in the freezer until ready to use.
  • Use a mixture of mozzarella, Romano, and Parmesan cheese for more flavor.
  • If you like garlic, sprinkle in some extra garlic powder.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or fresh basil.
  • Want more spice? Sprinkle in some crushed red pepper flakes.

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garlic bread in a lasagna dip

This meaty and cheesy Lasagna Dip is the perfect way to celebrate game day on a chilly day or night. Serve with crusty bread for best flavor!

lasagna dip in the crock pot

Crock Pot Lasagna Dip

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Every time I take this Lasagna Dip to a party or a potluck, I come home with an empty dish and requests for the recipe! This recipe is better than all the rest because it contains noodles too. Not only an appetizer, it doubles as a full meal on busy nights.

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces Ricotta Cheese
  • 24 ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 1 pound Ground beef (cooked and drained)
  • 1 medium White Onion (chopped small)
  • 2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 9 ounces Lasagna noodles (oven ready kind)
  • 3 cup Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • Parsley (chopped for garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a crockpot, combine the cooked ground beef, onion, ricotta, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Break the lasagna noodles into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Sprinkle the noddles around the crock pot and stir to mix them in the sauce mixture.
  5. Use a spoon to spread the dip evenly in the crockpot and level it out.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 2 cups of mozzarella cheese over the top of the dip mixture.
  7. Cook on low for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the cheese is all melty and stretchy and the noodles are soft.
  8. Turn the crockpot to warm, garnish with parsley, and serve with garlic bread or other dippers!

Notes

  • I like to cook my ground beef with the chopped onion and Italian seasoning all together.  This is optional and the dip will still turn out perfect if you prep them all separately.
  • Add a light spray of oil the crockpot bowl or use a liner for easier clean up.
  • Substitute small curd cottage cheese for ricotta if desired.
  • I use oven ready pasta sheets. There are plenty of pasta brands out there that sell the oven ready or par-cooked versions.The par-cooked pasta versions are thinner and can cook in the slow cooker with minimal liquid which is perfect for dips and soups.
  • Cook the ground beef ahead of time and store in the freezer until ready to use.
  • Use a mixture of mozzarella, Romano, and Parmesan cheese for more flavor.
  • If you like garlic, sprinkle in some extra garlic powder.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or fresh basil.
  • Want more spice? Sprinkle in some crushed red pepper flakes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 536mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 23g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

{Originally published 10/24/17 – Photos and recipe updated 12/11/23 to improve reader experience}

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Kristin

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

Could you use cottage cheese

Jennifer

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

You absolutely can! My grandma used to use cottage cheese when she made lasagna because it was cheaper and it always tasted perfect. She did prefer the small curd so it would melt easier. Thanks for reading and I hope you love it!

Karen

Monday 16th of September 2019

I would like to bring this amazing dish to a potluck. Can it be doubled and fit into a standard 5 1/2 quart crock pot? Any extra cooking time if so? Thanks!

Jennifer

Monday 16th of September 2019

Doubling might be a little tight for a 5.5 quart. The one I use in this is a 7qt pot and it's right at 1/2 the pot. I think if you doubled it would be closer to 6 and not all fit. I would go with 1.5 of the recipe and maybe add 30 mins to the cooking time. I hope you enjoy it!

Temi

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Delicious and so easy. Served with toasted baguette slices. Yum!

chubcheeks@bellsouth.net

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

I am so glad that you liked it!! Thanks for being a loyal reader!

Dan from Platter Talk

Saturday 28th of October 2017

This is probably one of the most mouthwatering and tempting dips that I have ever drooled over. It also begs the question of "Why didn't I think of this before?!" Thanks for pointing out the obvious, Jen. Can' wait to put this on our game day table of eats!

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