30+ Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Whether you’re avoiding gluten for health reasons or want to cut back on carbs, these amazing gluten-free dinner recipes are sure to please everyone. Bonus: Most of our recipes include freezing instructions, so you can double and freeze a batch for later.

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I cut out gluten and dairy from my diet for some health reasons about a year and half ago. My kids still tell me how sorry they feel for me. But, here’s the honest truth: I don’t feel sorry for myself! Surprisingly, eating gluten-free meals has been easier and more delicious than I ever thought. I don’t even have to cook separate meals for my family and myself.

Take a look at this round-up of mouthwatering gluten-free dinner recipes, and you’ll see just how good everyone will be eating without gluten!

30+ Delicious Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes

Grilled Honey Garlic Chicken Kabobs

This 5 ingredient chicken kabob marinade is sweet, savory and incredibly easy! With just a few simple pantry ingredients, you can take your kabob game to the next level.

gluten-free dinner recipes, including  chicken kabobs

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

This 15 minute pantry staple is a meatless “one pot wonder” that I’ve been making and freezing for years for my family. Filled with beans, tomatoes, chilis, corn, and more, it only gets better the longer it sits in the fridge.

gluten-free Vegetarian Tortilla Soup in a large stock pot

Gourmet Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

Your fam will oooh and ahhhh over this gourmet Crockpot Breakfast Casserole, whether you serve it for a weekend brunch or a weeknight dinner. Its depth of flavor and beautiful color come from onions, garlic, kale, roasted red peppers, bacon, and Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses.

gluten-free Breakfast Casserole in a Crockpot on a wooden cutting board

Pan-Seared, Oven Finished Steak

Follow these simple steps to make the perfect steak that starts on the stove and finishes in the oven. Or, cook a steak to perfection on the grill.

gluten-free dinner of seasoned cooked steak that is sliced on a plate

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef

An easy, healthy, dump-and-go, delicious dinner. This freezer-friendly recipe is a win for my family and is a great recipe for large groups. So simple!

gluten-free dinner of shredded beef over polenta on a plate

Slow Cooker Honey Bourbon Chicken

Of all the gluten-free dinner recipes on this list, this one might be my favorite. A little sweet and a little spicy, this easy chicken recipe is BIG on flavor and takes just minutes to throw in the slow cooker.

gluten-free Honey Bourbon Chicken and Stir Fry Vegetables on a large white platter
Photo credit: Helene Dujardin (from From Freezer to Cooker)

Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas

This versatile gluten-free recipe comes together quickly. The Instant Pot cooks the pork roast to perfection and a quick broil gives it a divine crisp texture. Double the recipe and make it an easy freezer meal!

gluten-free carnitas shredded on a sheet pan

Instant Pot Tomato Soup

This healthy and absolutely delicious soup works well to freeze as leftovers in small portions for lunches down the road. Or, serve it tonight along with some grilled cheese sandwiches (gluten-free bread, of course) or with gluten-free croutons on top.

gluten-free Instant Pot tomato soup in a white bowl

Instant Pot Chicken Nachos

Our freezer friendly Instant Pot Chicken Nachos are a great starter meal for the Instant Pot. The best part about the recipe is that you can customize it how you want and it is great recipe for large groups.

gluten-free chicken nachos on a sheet pan

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs are every bit as tasty as they sound. The sweetness of grilled fresh pineapple pairs perfectly with the smoky saltiness of the bacon.

gluten-free shrimp and pineapple and bacon kabobs on a plate

Grilled Balsamic Herb Chicken

Balsamic Herb Grilled Chicken is moist, tender, and packed with flavor through and through! The flavor combinations of the marinade makes this my go-to recipe for warm weather grilling!

gluten-free balsamic grilled chicken on a plate with salad

Mini Salmon Patties with Lemony Avocado Sauce

These kid-friendly salmon patties are not only some of the healthiest burgers out there, but every bite is a burst of citrusy, fresh deliciousness. They are gluten-free, dairy-free, and make a great freezer meal. It’s super easy to keep all of the ingredients for the salmon patties on hand in the pantry and in the fridge. Using canned salmon makes it economical too!

mini salmon patties with avocado dipping sauce

Cranberry Balsamic Baked Chicken

Who doesn’t love a one-dish wonder? Several of our Freezer Foodies (join us!) told us they make this gluten-free dinner all the time for their families.

gluten-free dinner idea of cranberry chicken with Brussels sprouts

Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes

This rich-tasting, twice-stuffed baked potato that you can actually feel good about! Greek yogurt and chicken broth help replace some of the fat in this typically calorie-laden side dish, while the addition of two superfoods, sweet potato and broccoli, up the nutrition payout. These super spuds are both hearty enough to serve as an entree and decadent enough to serve as a side dish on a special occasion.

gluten-free twice stuffed baked potatoes on a cutting board
Photo Credit: Mitch Mandel (from From Freezer to Table)

Southwest Chicken Burritos Bowls

Here’s a healthy and filling dinner idea for everyone! Delicious marinated grilled chicken is served over brown rice and with your favorite southwest toppings.

gluten-free dinner idea of Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowl

Grilled Sirloin Steak Kabobs

Fire up the grill for this palate-pleaser. The magic of this easy dinner idea is in the marinade. 

gluten-free dinner idea: grilled sirloin steak kabobs on a plate

One Sheet Roasted Brussels, Brats, and Sweet Potatoes

Dinner is done on one sheet? Yes please! You’ll love the flavor and color combo in this gluten-free dinner. Leftovers are tasty, too.

gluten-free dinner recipe idea: sheet pan dinner

Cheddar Chive Egg Bites

Next time you’re in the mood for Breakfast-for-Dinner, try these tasty egg bites served alongside some No Fail Bacon and one of these smoothies.

gluten-free egg muffins in a muffin tin

Mediterranean Shrimp

Even the most reluctant seafood eaters will enjoy this succulent lemony shrimp. Broiling for only a few minutes on each side creates a crisp exterior while maintaining a juicy interior. The skewers and beautiful garnishes make this easy dish a fun one to serve for family dinner or as a party appetizer.

marinaded and broiled kabobs on a plate

The Best Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

Easy and healthy Instant Pot soup! With hearty beans and barley plus onions, carrots, celery, garlic, tomatoes, and kale, this soup tastes amazing, satisfies, and keeps you healthy in the winter months. Freezer meal instructions included.

The Best Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

Sweet and Savory Salmon

A perfect marriage of sweet and savory marinade ingredients, along with the foil-cooking method, take salmon filets to a whole new level. Broiling at the very end is necessary to create caramelization on top.

Sweet and Savory Salmon in Foil

Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

This dinner recipe is one of our family’s top 5 favorites! Turns out perfectly every time and pleases all the palates.

gluten-free pork tenderloin with seasoned rub

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken and Veggies

An easy and healthy one-pot-wonder that can stretch a buck. Put this one on your repeat list.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Veggies - gluten-free dinner recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Fiesta Soup

This slow cooker chicken soup is not only gluten free and dairy free (if you don’t add cheese and sour cream at the end), but it freezes beautifully either before cooking or after. Packed with fresh flavor, the veggies give it that fiesta vibe that everyone will love. 

chicken fiesta soup in a white bowl with spoon

Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs

This chicken burger recipe (with gluten-free options) is a kid and adult fave! Make ahead and freeze a batch for later or make them tonight for a delicious and healthy dinner. Eat by itself or on a gluten-free bun.

white plate with chicken burger on bun, sweet potato fries, and grapes

Garlic-Lemon Buttered Shrimp

What I love about this garlic-lemon shrimp recipe is that it is super versatile. It only takes a few minutes to make and can be great to eat just plain or to toss into a recipe that needs some protein.

gluten-free dinner recipe idea: garlic lemon shrimp in a bowl

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

Look no further for a comforting slow cooker freezer meal. This lean turkey chili is not only hearty and absolutely delicious, but it’s also chock full of fiber, protein, and nutrients. This crock pot chili is delicious fresh but is also a great make ahead meal.

Healthy Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken

This easy dump and go freezer meal will become a regular family dinner in your home. This freezer friendly dinner is so versatile, too. Eat it straight from the slow cooker, put it in gluten-free wraps, or turn it into nachos.

cilantro lime chicken on gluten-free tortillas with lime and sour cream

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

When you grill a pork tenderloin, you flavor, moistness, and an extra char-crispiness that coats the outside of the tenderloin. This is a no-fail method that you’ll come back to over and over again.

grilled pork tenderloin sliced on a cutting board

20 Minute Pumpkin Chili

Want a super nutritious, flavorful recipe that can feed a crowd, won’t break the bank, or doesn’t take much time? This 20 Minute Freezable Pumpkin Chili gets the job done.

gluten-free dinner recipe ideas: Pumpkin Chili in a bowl

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I hope you enjoy these delicious gluten-free dinner recipes as much as our family has over the years!

10 Vegetarian Meals Your Family Will Actually Like

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Not only is eating meatless meals easier on the budget, but it’s often healthier for your family. Finding vegetarian meals that please the meat-eaters and picky eaters in your home can be a challenge, though. That’s where our round-up of 10 family-friendly vegetarian meals comes in handy!

10 Vegetarian Meals collage

1. Tomato Bisque

I serve this decadent yet veggie-rich soup with what we call “Grilled Cheese Dippers” (i.e. grilled cheese sandwiches cut into sticks). This soup freezes well, so make extra. If you want a gluten-free version, try our Instant Pot Tomato Soup.

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2. 4 Ingredient Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Tired of the traditional grilled cheese sandwich? This one kicks it up a notch and is irresistible. Serve with our Tomato Bisque or Instant Pot Tomato Soup.

3. Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

I’ve been making this freezer-friendly recipe for my family and to take to others for over a decade now. You can put cooked chicken in these kid-friendly roll-ups if you want to add in more protein. Either way, they make a nutritious and delicious family dinner.

Spinach Lasagna Rolls are the perfect meal for large groups. With fresh and natural ingredients, it also makes a great freezer meal!

4. Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

With just a few simple ingredients, these easy and tasty wraps work for lunch or dinner. Make a big batch of them to have on hand in the freezer.

freezer-friendly lunch wraps on a wooden cutting board

5. Instant Pot Whole Wheat Mac and Cheese

This recipe takes just 18 minutes from start to finish, dirties only one pot, and tastes creamy and delicious! Plus, it’s made with all real food ingredients. Don’t have an Instant Pot? Try our Mac and Cheese with Sneaky Sweet Potato instead. Kids love it.

whole wheat mac and cheese in bowls on white plates with steamed broccoli on the side

6. Egg-in-a-Hole

This one may bring back fond childhood memories! Egg-in-a-Hole is a cheap, simple and fun meal idea that the whole family will enjoy. Serve with fresh fruit or one of our smoothies.

7. Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

Many of our readers’ families have told us how much they love this recipe. It couldn’t be easier to make, plus everyone can top it with their favorite Mexican toppings (i.e. sour cream, cheese, crushed tortilla chips, diced avocado, etc). I make a big pot of this once or twice a month to have on hand for healthy, satisfying lunches all week long.

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup in a large stock pot

8. Fried Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce

This fried rice is full of flavor and is filling even without meat. My husband and some of my kids (there’s always a picky one, right?) love it. Plus, it’s packed full of fiber, good fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

9. Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

I serve these healthier pancakes (with sneaky pumpkin) for dinner quite often, because they turn out light and fluffy and are super flavorful every time. Make extras to freeze or refrigerate for later while you’re at it. Serve with scrambled eggs or hard-boiled eggs for more protein.

10. Instant Pot Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Marinara Sauce

Only 4 ingredients make up this nutritious dinner recipe that your family will love. It’ll be done in about 15 minutes and will only dirty up one pot. Now, that’s my kind of meal.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef {Freezer Meal}

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef is an easy, healthy, dump-and-go, delicious dinner. This freezer friendly recipe is a win for my family and is a great recipe for large groups. So simple!


Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef

Slow Cooker Shredded Balsamic Beef might be the easiest and very best slow cooker meal I’ve ever made for my family. You simply can’t beat the aroma of slow cooked chuck roast. It’s one of the best dump-and-go meals you’ll find!

Seasoned chuck roast in a slow cooker

Everyone, from ages 4 to 42, devoured this tender, flavorful meat dish. I have served it with mashed potatoes (and of course veggies and fruit), which is perfect for all that extra sauce in the crock, or Boiled Baby Potatoes go well with it, too. Then, the next night we had this same Slow Cooker Shredded Balsamic Beef on mini wheat rolls as “french dip” sandwiches. Again, a huge win!

Video Tutorial: How to Make Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef

How to Freeze Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef

This recipe works great to prep ahead and freeze. You can make lots of batches at once if you plan ahead a bit.

Freezer Meal Instructions:

Method One:

To Freeze: Place all ingredients together in a freezer friendly plastic bag and freeze. To prepare, let bag thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours.

To Prepare: After thawed, cook as directed.

Method Two:

To Freeze: Fully cook the meal (through Step #4). Let it cool completely. (Safety Note: Do not let the meat sit on the counter more than 2 hours.) Store meat and sauce in a freezer container or freezer bag after it’s cooled completely.

To thaw: There are at least three safe ways to defrost and warm up this meal.

  1. Let meat thaw in the fridge for 24-48 hours and then warm gently on the stove top or in the microwave. (This is the preferred method.)
  2. From frozen on stove top: Place the frozen meat and sauce on the stove top in a pot over medium-low heat. Dump 1 cup of water or beef broth over the top. Put a lid on and stir periodically until warmed through.
  3. From frozen in microwave: Place frozen meat and sauce in a microwave-safe bowl. Use the DEFROST setting to thaw, stirring occasionally. Then heat in the microwave on the COOK setting in 30-60 second increments until warmed through.
Slow cooker balsamic shredded beef on a plate

Can You Make Slow Cooker Balsalmic Shredded Beef in the Instant Pot?

You bet! Just follow the instructions in the recipe below but make the following changes:

  • Cut the beef into 2×2 pieces.
  • Place the beef and the sauce in a 6-quart Instant Pot. Lock and seal the lid. Cook at high pressure for 30 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10+ minutes.

If you want to know how to convert other recipes to the Instant Pot, be sure to download our Instant Pot Cooking Times Chart. We also have a cookbook that gives slow cooker AND Instant Pot instructions for EVERY recipe. You can check out From Freezer to Cooker here.

Need a side dish idea?

Serve this with our 3-Minute No-Boil Corn on the Cob or our Simple Baby Boiled Potatoes.

No-Boil Corn on the cob

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minute
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American


Slow cooker balsamic shredded beef is packed full of flavor and oh-so-easy to savor. So. Good. 


  • 3 to 4 pound boneless roast beef (chuck or round roast)
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 cup beef broth (or sub chicken stock)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (Gluten-free option: Use coconut aminos or gluten-free Tamari Soy Sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (increase if you want more heat)


Make It Now:

  1. Put roast beef into slow cooker and season with Kosher salt and pepper on all sides.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour over roast beef.
  3. Slow cook on LOW for about 8 hours, or until meat easily shreds apart.
  4. Using two large forks, shred the meat apart in the slow cooker.
  5. Serve meat warm on top of mashed potatoes or on a bun with a bit of the sauce over the top. There should be plenty of sauce for dipping sandwiches, too!

Freeze For Later:

Method One:

To Freeze: Place all ingredients together in a freezer friendly plastic bag and freeze. To prepare, let bag thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours.

To Prepare: Thaw using one of these three safe ways and then cook as directed.

Method Two:

To freeze: Fully cook the meal (through Step #4). Let it cool completely. (Safety Note: Do not let the meat sit on the counter more than 2 hours.) Store meat and sauce in a freezer container or freezer bag after it’s cooled completely.

To thaw: Thaw using one of these three safe ways and then warm on the stove over low heat or in the microwave.

Slow cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef

Instant Pot Beef Stew {Freezer Meal}

By Rachel Tiemeyer

This Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe is easy enough to be a mid-week dinner or fancy enough for dinner guests. What would typically take all day in the slow cooker, only takes about an hour from start to finish in the Instant Pot. You’ll take a short cut by using stew meat (no chopping!) and Yukon gold baby potatoes (no peeling!).

bowl of stew in white bowl with napkin

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Instant Pot Beef Stew turns out melty-in-your-mouth delicious. Mmmm…the red wine, stock, soy sauce, and tomato paste work together to create a velvety sauce/broth that is full of complexity. While the meat pressure cooks, it tenderizes and soaks up all that sauce flavor.

bowl of stew in white bowl with napkin

Now, don’t confuse this Beef Stew, a classic comfort food, with an unhealthy choice, though. Thanks to grass-fed stew meat (or chopped grass-fed chuck roast from our favorite meat source) and all the vegetables included–onion, carrots, celery, garlic, potatoes, and peas–you’ll churn out a pretty darn nutritious and satiating one-pot-wonder. Serve with your favorite crusty bread and dinner is served!

bowl of stew in white bowl with napkin

Instant Pot Beef Stew leftovers can be reheated in the Instant Pot, stove, or microwave, but you may need to add a little extra broth to thin it out again. I think it tastes even better the next day!

Here’s a smart idea. While you have all the ingredients out, go ahead and prep one Instant Pot Beef Stew for tonight and one for another night or to pass along to someone in need. Freezing instructions are included in this Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe, like all our freezer-friendly meals. You can store it in the freezer for 3-6 months and then–magically!–cook this stew directly from frozen in the Instant Pot later. Check out these tips for cooking freezer meals in the Instant Pot.

bowl of stew in white bowl with napkin
bowl of stew in white bowl with napkin

Instant Pot Beef Stew

  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 47 minutes
  • Total Time: 57 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Comforting and delicious Beef Stew comes together quickly in the Instant Pot. The beef and vegetables melt into the velvety sauce making this meal worthy of guests or a weeknight dinner.


  • 12 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 12 cups sliced carrots
  • 12 cups sliced celery stalks
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup flour (I used white whole wheat)*
  • 1/2 cup red wine (recommended: Pinot Noir)
  • 2 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce*
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • About 1 1/22 pounds stew meat (preferably grass-fed and organic)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 pound Yukon gold potatoes, roughly chopped into 1-inch pieces (about 2 1/23 cups)
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  1. Turn on the Saute function. Heat the oil until shimmering. Saute the onions, carrots, and celery until softened, about 7 minutes. Season lightly with the salt and pepper, to taste, as they cook. Add in the thyme and red pepper, too. Stir in the garlic the last 30-60 seconds. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the wine, broth, tomato paste, and soy sauce until smooth, scraping the brown bits off the bottom. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 2 minutes. Turn off the Saute function. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  3. Season the beef liberally with salt and pepper on all sides and nestle into the cooker. Stir in the bay leaf and potatoes. (Do not add the peas yet.)
  4. Lock and seal the lid. Cook at high pressure for 30 minutes, with a 10 minute natural release and then quick release of the pressure.
  5. Discard bay leaf. Stir in the peas. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Freeze For Later: Follow Steps 1 and 2. Let the sauce cool and then add to a one gallon freezer bag or pressure cooker-shaped container with lid. Season the beef liberally with salt and pepper on all sides and add to the bag or container, along with the bay leaf and potatoes. Seal, toss gently to combine, and freeze. (Note: Make sure the potatoes are completely submerged in the liquid to avoid browning.) Tip: Set the freezer bag in a bowl in the freezer for a few hours to help it freeze in the shape of the pressure cooker.

Prepare from Frozen: Saute the frozen meal for 5 minutes to release some liquid. Follow Steps 4-5. (The frozen meat will cook the same amount of time as from fresh.)


*To make this recipe Gluten-Free: 

  • Use coconut aminos or gluten-free Tamari soy sauce in place of the soy sauce.
  • Do not add the flour at the beginning of the recipe. Instead, thicken the stew by using arrowroot powder right after Step 4 (before Step 5). To do so, in a small bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons arrowroot with 2 tablespoons water until smooth. Stir this into the stew. (It will thicken up shortly.) Then, follow Step 5. 

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Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spinach Lasagna

By Rachel Tiemeyer

This is the easiest and most moist way to make lasagna in my opinion. Delicious! Crock pot for the win!

I tried the great “slow cooker lasagna” experiment last week for my family, thinking that it would be fun to try but not something I would actually do in the future. Scratch that! I’m sold on this Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spinach Lasagna!

Although I love those cute Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups that I’ve made so many times before, I’m done with that time-intensive method. I’m moving on to this easy one. This slow cooker lasagna took no time at all to put together, especially since it’s meat-free and I didn’t have to cook the noodles in advance. Plus, it came out perfectly moist throughout. No more burnt top or edges or dried out lasagna. Hurrah!

The key to this Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spinach Lasagna, though, is three-fold:

1 – Use LOTS of sauce. This recipe calls for 2 whole jars. You’ll feel like it’s too much, but trust me, it’s not. The noodles just soak it up while cooking and the whole thing is perfectly saucy.

2 – Do not overcook this! It takes about 3 hours on LOW. If you cook it much longer or at a higher temperatre than that, you’ll be left with burnt baby food at best.

3 – Spray a large slow cooker crock generously with cooking spray before layering in the ingredients. This will make for easy clean up. You can also buy the crock pot liners, which makes for ZERO clean up.  You cook right in the liner.

Last thing to note: This feeds an army! Our family of five ate only half of it the first night and we have been eating leftovers all week. So I would say this could easily feed 8-10 adults.

Ok, really last thing to note: Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spinach Lasagna would make a perfect make-ahead meal for a large group. Just put the casserole together ahead of time. Store the slow cooker crock in the fridge until you’re about 3 hours away from your dinner time. Then, start the slow cooker and let it do the work.  Enjoy!


Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spinach Lasagna

Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spinach Lasagna

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Italian


This is the easiest and most moist way to make lasagna in my opinion. Delicious! Crock pot for the win!


  • 1314 pieces (most of a 16 ounce package) uncooked whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided (separate out 1 cup)
  • 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 23 cups fresh spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 (28 ounces) jars marinara sauce


  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together 2 cups mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, eggs, garlic, parsley, basil, pepper, salt, spinach, and Parmesan cheese.
  2. Generously coat the inside of the large slow cooker crock with cooking spray. This will help tremendously with clean up!
  3. Layer the lasagna in the slow cooker as follows. Remember to be generous with the sauce and use all of it!
  4. – SAUCE: Start by spreading a base layer of marinara sauce over the bottom.
  5. – NOODLES: Layer noodles next, breaking them apart as needed to fill in the gaps.
  6. – SAUCE: Spread another layer of sauce over the noodles.
  7. – CHEESE: Spread the ricotta cheese mixture over all the noodles.
  8. – REPEAT X2: Repeat the noodles/sauce/cheese layers two more times.
  9. Top the casserole with one last layer of noodles (so you’ll have four noodle layers total), one last layer of sauce, and then end with the 1 cup of shredded mozzarella over the top. (Note: You will not have a ricotta cheese mixture layer for the top.)
  10. Cook on LOW for 3 hours. Do not overcook!