Fail: Crock Pot Lasagna Night

Name: Heather @ Pinfluence

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Original Inspiration:

What I Did: When you follow the pin through to the link you find the blog Creating Through Life where Katherine gives a wonderfully thorough & detailed recipe.  I thought that certainly I couldn’t mess this up.  {cue the foreshadowing} Despite the fact that I’ve never made Lasagna before.  Regardless of the fact that I have cooked in my crock pot maybe 5 times.  And 3 of those times were just heating up soup.

My Result:

What Went Wrong: Expired pasta sauce, bad turkey, burned/mushy/crunchy texture… read all the gory details here.


  1. Katherine

    What an interesting concept for a blog, definitely made me chuckle. I have to say it makes me a little sad to see my Crock-pot Lasagna recipe as a FAIL 🙁 There have been many success stories and I’ve been quite surprised by the responses that I’ve received. I’m one of those people that doesn’t like to fail so if I don’t succeed the first time I like to try it again a little differently. Hopefully by people laying their failures to rest it will allow them to keep trying new things and not give up 😉

    • Jenna

      If you read the comments on her blog post, she actually got some great suggestions for what to do differently. If you have any tips for making this recipe foolproof I’d love to hear them as well!

  2. Lindsey

    Oh my gosh! I attempted the same recipe with the same results! Ugh

  3. Sarah

    We just had crock pot lasagna last night, and it was (once again) fabulous; although personally, I like leftovers better than the original meal with this one.

    Lasagna noodles needs to be the “Oven Ready” kind.

    My 13yo sauteed some bell peppers and onion, then added turkey meat and cooked it. When it was done, we added spaghetti sauce to it. (I would have added chopped up mushrooms too, but my hubby does not like them. I have done it in the past with chopped mushrooms or chopped eggplant and both are good).

    For cheese, I use equal amounts of ricotta cheese and cottage cheese. My mom used to do this and she said it made it spread easier, so that’s what I do too. My family generally does not like cottage cheese, but in this they cannot tell.

    And of course, mozzarella cheese is a must.

    Then I add them in layers to the crock pot until everything is gone or until it is full. The layers are:

    * Dry noodle pieces broken to fit the bottom
    * Cheese spread
    * Shredded cheese sprinkled (or dumped if you allow your 4yo to do this one)
    * Meat sauce

    The layers do not have to be specifically in that order though. I have used all sorts of ways and they all work.

    Sometimes it is a bit juice (because of the lid on the crock pot), but I use a spoon anyway, so it is not a big deal for me. If you let it cool (as in overnight and have it as leftovers) it will form up into layers better.

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