Friday, June 24, 2011

Crockpot Lasagna by Melissa

Hey friends!
Today's recipe is Crockpot Lasagna. I got this recipe from, of course! One of my favorite sites for recipes for my family. You can find the recipe here.

It looks like a lot of ingredients but all the seasonings in the middle are for the meat. I like mine very flavorful!
The recipe calls for 1 lb. of lean ground beef, but I use ground turkey every chance I get. Its healthier and it tastes just as good, if not better.
1 (675 ml) jar pasta sauce
1 can diced tomatoes of any flavor (I used roasted garlic)
1 15oz. tub ricotta cheese
1 3/4 cups Italian shredded cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
6 lasagna noodles, uncooked
seasonings for meat (salt, pepper, garlic powder, Tony Chachere's, onion powder, parsley, etc.)

Brown meat in large skillet. Drain grease and return to pan. Season meat and then add pasta sauce and diced tomatoes. In a separate bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 c. Italian shredded cheese, 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, parsley, and egg.

Spray your crockpot with cooking spray so the meat-sauce and cheese doesn't stick to the sides. Makes for easy cleaning later. Put about 1 c. of meat-sauce in the bottom of the crockpot and later with uncooked noodles, broken to fit. On top, layer the cheese mixture. Repeat. Top with remaining meat sauce. Place the lid on the crockpot and set on low for about 4-5 hours. My crockpot cooks rather quickly, so any longer than 4 hours and mine is crusty. About 10 minutes before its done, sprinkle with remaining Italian shredded cheese and Parmesan cheese.

Serve with warm garlic bread and a side salad! YUM! And so easy!


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