Sunday, August 21, 2011

Crockpot Lasagna

First off, let me tell you that I cannot, and will not live without my crockpot. That is the single most used secondary appliance in my kitchen- secondary meaning not the frig or oven and I guess the coffee pot, you get my drift- it is a marvel nonetheless. I am fascinated with Crockpot recipes and I ran across "Crockpot Lasagna". What about that name isn't wonderful? Had to try it and it was great, so today I made it again. I make Sunday meals in the crockpot a lot. Today, I was even crazy enough to take some pictures! Surprise, Surprise!!

I made the ricotta mixture and the sauce. I am a Weight Watcher, so I have been making my lasagna with 1/2 skim ricotta and 1/2 whole milk- (next time I am going to do all skim. I don't think it will matter) I add an egg to the ricotta mix along with some Italian seasoning. The sauce was 2 and 1/2 cans (15 oz) tomato sauce and one can (15 oz) of drained diced tomatoes, I mixed in a little (4 oz?) cooked ground hamburger.. Then I add a LOT of granulated garlic and a lot of Italian seasoning, some minced dry onion and some salt.(I don't think the rest of the 3rd can of tomato sauce would be bad) Easy, peesy, lemon squeezy- (Note-you can probably do a jar or can of spaghetti sauce instead of the tomato mix if that is what you have/or usually use.)

Then you start layering- see how you have to break the lasagna noodles (don't cook them first!).

I used 1/2 fat free and 1/2 regular mozzarella too. ( You CAN'T tell the difference)

More layering.

Spread the ricotta.

The mozzarella.

I just used the Publix brand- the small containers and the Lasagna too.

 Finished. (you can tell this poor Crock gets a lot of use!!! I bought it at Wal-mart last Christmas season for $10 and it has been a great one!)

I sprinkle a little more seasoning on top for looks.

Cover and let cook on high for 2 hours. I turned mine on warm after 2 hours until we ate which was a couple of hours and it was fine-the bottom edge got a little dark, so just be careful- the noodles taste like homemade.

 The picture doesn't do it justice without the smell!!

We ended up having enough for 2 other meals- there is just the 3 of us, so I figure this lasagna would feed 8-10 people. but it goes together so easy, you could do 2 crockpots if you had company or wanted to put some in the freezer.

Give it a try! It is great not to have to heat up your kitchen!

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1 comment:

Domestic Diva said...

WOW - looks yummy - I am going to have to try this recipe....Love the new look of your blog....