Sunday, March 18, 2012

Crockpot Lasagna

The other day Austin was eating some leftover crockpot lasgna while John and Meagan were over.  He commented on how it was the BEST lasagna I have ever made.  Mind you, I am a terrible, and I do mean terrible, lasagna maker.  But this one turned out really good, and it was so easy and really quick. 
I got the recipe from this website...
    The Ingredients:

    --box of regular lasagna noodles
    --jar of pasta sauce
    --cottage or ricotta cheese
    --package of shredded Mozzerella cheese
    --mushrooms (optional)
    --meat (optional)-- I happened to use 1 pound of hamburger meat.
    --spices you use normally when you brown ground meat (I use salt and pepper)
    --1/4 cup water

    The Directions:

    --brown meat with chosen spices in large skillet
    --pour in entire jar of pasta sauce (save jar, don't rinse or throw away!)
    --simmer on low for a few minutes

    --put a ladle-full of sauce mixture into the bottom of your crockpot.
    --top with a layer of dried lasagna noodles. You'll have to break them to fit, and little pieces will fly all over the place.

    --smear cottage cheese on top of lasagna noodles

    --layer mushrooms cottage cheese
    --add a handful of the shredded cheese
    --ladle on some more of the meat sauce
    --top with more dry noodles and repeat layers until crock is to desired capacity.

    --put the 1/4 cup of water into your empty pasta jar and shake. Pour tomatoey juice over the whole pile of food.

    --cover and cook on low for 8 hours, high for 4.
    --Check noodles an hour before serving, and push the top ones down into the liquid if they are getting too hard or are curling up

    This lady added a lot of veggies that I did not.  My kids eat vegtables good enough that I do not need to hide them in food.  But more power to you if want to hide them in this.  I think she had spinach and chopped up other veggies.  :)
    Rachel   :)


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