the recipe is essentially exactly the way you'd make it in a casserole dish for the oven----but purchase some no-boil lasagna pasta and break them up to fit...layer the same way as you'd normally do---but what i loved was that the hamburger did NOT need pre-browning. i did, however, not use any chopped celery as i would have at home, because i wasn't sure it would soften enough. once it is layered in the crockpot, it was on low high for 3 -4 hours. don't stir or else you'll mush up the layers. turned out excellently. good luck.