Photo Courtesy of BettyCrocker
Depending on where you live, or if your kids are in city or county schools, this might be their last week of school – which means you’re probably running around like a crazy person trying to show up for Field Day, Awards Ceremonies, Class Trips, etc…. It seems like a perfect time to share one of my favorite “busy night” crock pot meals – Crockpot Lasagna!
This recipe is super easy – and super yummy – plus the slow cooker won’t heat up your kitchen nearly as much as the oven would. Serve with a salad or a bag of ‘steam & serve’ veggies and dinner’s on the table in 5 minutes flat!
*Recipe Courtesy of Betty Crocker, and tweaked to my liking
Crockpot Lasagna Recipe
- 1 lb Cooked Sausage or Seasoned Ground Beef or Turkey
- 1 Large or 2 Reg. Size Jars Pasta Sauce (You’ll need about 45 oz total)
- Garlic, Onion, Oregano, Basil (Italian Seasoning)
- Ricotta or Cottage Cheese, 15 oz Container
- 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
- 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
- Box of Regular Lasagna Noodles (You’ll need 15 or so)
- Mushrooms, Onions, Spinach, etc…. (Optional)
Step 1: Brown meat and stir in pasta sauce, toss in some italian seasoning for good measure – then let your meat sauce simmer while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Step 2: Mix Ricotta/Cottage Cheese with Parmesan Cheese and 1 Cup of the Mozzarella in a bowl and set aside.
Step 3: Pour 1/5 of your meat sauce into the bottom of your crockpot and top with a layer of dry noodles. They won’t fit perfectly, you’ll need to break off bits and pieces all over the place (I’d consider wearing safety goggles for this job) and overlap them some – but no worries, it’ll all work out in the end.
Step 4: Spread a layer of cheese mixture on top the noodles (this isn’t easy since the noodles are now in pieces, so if wetting the cheese mixture a little bit helps, then by all means, stir in a little bit of water or even an egg). Then top with any veggies or extras you like to sneak in.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have 3 layers of noodles or are simply out of ingredients. It’s hard to mess this up – the most important part is to make sure there is a layer of sauce touching each layer of noodles so that it will “boil” while cooking. Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours, or on HIGH for 3-4 hours. During the last half hour, pour the extra 1 Cup Mozzarella on top so it will melt and look lovely by dinner time