Monday, July 23, 2007

Crock Pot Lasagna


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 spaghetti
sauce (such as Ragu in the
1 lb. 10 ounce
jar)
* 1 package (8 ounces no-boil
lasagna 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 the
cheeses are combined.

Grease the slow cooker/Crock Pot with some
vegetable shortening on thebottom 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 them
if needed). Put about 1/3 of the cheese mixture on
top of that. Then repeat with sauce, noodles, cheese
for another 2 layers. Top with meat sauce.
Cookon low for 4-6 hours or until noodles
are tender.

*I use regular lasagna noodles (not the no boil
kind). Also,my crock pot
cooks this in 3 1/2 hrs on
low so you have to watch it to be sure it doesn't
burn.

2 comments:

Carrie said...

I love this recipe. Looks good!

The Cooking Fiend said...

yum Schoonie!! i'm filing this one away for this fall and winter!