Monday, May 17, 2010

Crock Pot Lasagna

I love, no - I adore lasagna. It's one of my favorite comfort foods.

Two and sometimes three days a week I work till 8pm and have just a half an hour break in which to get things as ready as possible for Matt and the Bear to have dinner. We like meals that I can start simmering, baking or roasting during that half hour break, or ones that can be tossed in the crock pot earlier in the day. When this slow cooker lasagna recipe came up in my Reader, I knew it would make the menu for one of my work days.

This is Matt's favorite lasagna. He chooses this over the more labor intensive recipes I've made in the past, not because it's easier but because he actually likes this one better. It's simple, and it's delicious.

Slow Cooker Lasagna

Delightfully Sweet who adapted it from Kraft Foods

1 lb. ground beef

1 26 ounce jarred or homemade pasta sauce

1 cup water

1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved, optional)

1 15 ounce container ricotta cheese

8 ounces shredded mozzarella

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 egg
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

1 teaspoon pepper

lasagna noodles (uncooked)

Brown meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in sauce and water.

In a separate bowl mix ricotta, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, egg, pepper and parsley.

Spoon approximately 1 cup meat sauce into slow cooker; top with layers of noodles, broken to fit; and cheese mixture. Alternate cheese mixture and meat sauce ending with the meat sauce. Cover with lid.

Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses; let stand, covered, 10 min. or until melted.

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  1. WHAT? Crock pot lasagna? Who knew? This sounds faaaaabulous.

    How have you been, anyway?

  2. I love the idea of crockpot lasagne. I would have to make béchamel though in place of ricotta. I may have to try this out. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. Did you like it? I sure hope you did!

  4. I made this today... it was amazing!

  5. I just made this today....fantastic! Thank you!

  6. Made this today but substituted ground turkey for the beef. Turned out great! Thanks!

  7. I have a big crockpot, not sure if I should double up on the ingredients or not, I hope this doesn't multiple post, if it does I am sorry. Making this today, thank you for sharing. :)

  8. We've had this a couple time sin my child care and it is a BIG hit..... Making it again this week-end for a camping trip... Thank you so much... We love it!


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