Crock Pot Lasagna
July 23, 2007
Mmm, lasagna. One of my favorite foods to eat. Not a favorite food to photograph. It’s difficult to take a good picture of a big mound of cheesey, tomato-ey pasta on your plate. But don’t let my photo deter you from trying this recipe. It is awesome! I was first introduced to this recipe by my nestie friend, Mrssisler. It has become my favorite lasagna recipe. It’s so easy to make because it’s done in the crock pot. Also, the crock pot gives the noodles the perfect texture when done and gives you a combination of gooey cheese with the golden brown, chewy cheese edges that everyone loves about lasagna. You should definitely give this one a try! We had this for dinner tonight with a romaine and baby spinach salad with balsamic dressing and buttery garlic bread.
Crock Pot Lasagna
INGREDIENTS: * 1 lb. ground beef * 1 large onion, finely chopped * 2 garlic cloves, crushed and minced * 1 large jar spaghettisauce (such as Ragu in the1 lb. 10 ouncejar) * 1 package (8 ounces no-boillasagna noodles * 16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese * 1 lb. ricotta cheese* 1/4 cup milk * 1 egg * 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan/Romano cheese * Salt and pepper to taste PREPARATION:Brown the beef, onion, and garlic in a little oil in a frying pan. Drain off any grease. Add the spaghetti sauce into the browned meat mixture. Mix well. In a separate bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, milk, and egg.Beat until thoroughly mixed and smooth. Then mix in the mozzarella cheese and the grated cheese, so that all thecheeses are combined. Grease the slow cooker/Crock Pot with some vegetable shortening on the bottom and sides. Put about 1/4 of the meat and sauce mixture in the bottom of the slow cooker/Crock Pot. Put a layer of noodles on top of that (break or cut themif needed). Put about 1/3 of the cheese mixture ontop of that. Then repeat with sauce, noodles, cheesefor another 2 layers. Top with meat sauce. Cookon low for 4-6 hours or until noodlesare tender. *I use regular lasagna noodles (not the no boil kind). Also,my crock pot cooks this in 3 1/2 hrs onlow so you have to watch it to be sure it doesn't burn.