Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Crock pot Lasagna



WELCOME NEW FOLLOWER...ANDREA!
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I have wanted to try lasagna in my crock pot for awhile but 2 things have held me back.
all the recipes I found called for some type of a pre-cooked noodle, and I can't find a healthy noodle. Finally I just decided to try my fast and easy, family size recipe.

Easy Crock Pot Family Lasagna
mine

8-12 uncooked regular lasagna noodle (I think I used 12, but I still had 8 left in my 16 noodle package?)
about 1 1/2 lbs. ricotta cheese
about 1 1/2 lb. grated mozzarella cheese
3 cans (about 26 oz.each-I use Hunt's 4 cheese -see note)
1 cup water

opt.
cooked and drained ground beef or sausage
frozen spinach-defrosted and all liquid sqeezed out
pepperoni...

This recipe makes a large (oval) pot of lasagna, but the left-overs are great. I start by turning my crock pot to high as I assemble. Spray your crock pot and pour about 3/4 of a can of spaghetti over the bottom. Then lay down 3 noodles. (I broke the corners off on the side ones.)
Spread 1/3 of ricotta cheese (I was going to stir the drained spinach into the ricotta-but I forgot.), then sprinkle about 1/4 of mozzarella cheese and pour on aboy 3/4 of a can of sauce.
Top with the rest of the sauce and then the rest of the cheese. (I sprinkled the cooked ground beef on 1/2 at this point. Hilary won't eat ground beef.) Then I poured 1 cup of water around the edges of the pot (for the noodles to absorb). Last of all, I stuck a couple of broken noodles near the out er edge. (These were so I could test it :^)
Lower the heat to low and cook for 3-4 hours. (I usually top my lasagna with pepperoni that I have microwaved between paper towels for about 30-45 seconds.) This was really good lasagna. Maybe my best using a canned sauce. Everything was cooked just right. The cheese was stringy. The noodles were perfect. (Use your "testers" to check for gumminess. For mine, that meant not done.) This was a hit.
note-We like Hunts 4 cheese sauce. It is not too sweet and the flavour is a good blend. (No pepper taste, etc.) Also, it goes on sale and is priced great for food storage (I paid $.69 for the ones I have now.). It is low in fat. The biggest reason is that many many years ago when we used a glass bottled pasta sauce, a child went to bring a jar up, and it fell and broke. It was terrible to clean, so I use cans.
In 2 1/2 days Mark and Ashley will be married. WHOO HOO!
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3 comments:

Emily said...

I think it was the best lasagna I have ever had!

Zion And Missy said...

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Lasagna sounds good. Can't wait to see your photos.

Allison Wagstaff said...

how exciting for mark and ashley! there invitation on my parents fridge is so so cute! congrats!

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