lasagna (so easy)

On my daughters recommendation I decided to fix crockpot lasagna!  She had told me it was easy and delicious.  It has been years since I have made lasagna from scratch, (although this really doesn’t qualify for scratch).  So I decided to give it a try.

The recipe I used a recipe, came from faithful provisions but I made some slight changes along with 1/2ing the recipe.  (It still made for several leftovers).  Yummy nonetheless!

Be sure to give it a try because it really is easy and nice to come home to a wonderful smelling home from a long days work.

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Ingredients

  • 5 lasagna noodles, uncooked (I used Barilla)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1-28 oz. jars spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 oz. can sliced mushrooms
  • 6 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Break noodles.
  2. Place half in bottom of greased slow cooker.
  3. Brown ground beef in sauce pan, drain, stir in Italian seasoning.
  4. Spread half over noodles in slow cooker.
  5. Layer half of sauce and water, half of mushrooms, half of ricotta cheese, and half of mozzarella cheese over beef.
  6. Repeat layers with remaining half of ingredients.
  7. Cover, cook on low 3-5 hours.

http://faithfulprovisions.com/2009/03/11/cooking-101-slow-cooker-lasagna/

Tips for cooking lasagna in your crock pot:

  • Use 2 jars spaghetti sauce. Be sure to put plenty on the top and sides
  • Ricotta can be substituted. If you don’t have any ricotta cheese, use cottage cheese or cream cheese. I substituted one brick of cream cheese. It tasted just like ricotta. I just diced it up and spread the dollups all around.
  • Lasagna noodles can be substituted. You may use bowtie or penne and make it like a baked ziti. (Use what you have!)
  • Grease the whole cooker. I forgot this step the first time I tried this, and it was sticking like crazy!
  • Adjust the cook time. With my slow cooker, 5 hours was WAY too long. I could easily put it on low for 3 hours and it does just fine. It depends on your cooker, but remember, for this recipe, all it is doing is cooking the noodles.

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