Lasagna is another crowd pleaser around here. While the steps are similar to a classic lasangna, this recipe, from Tablespoon, cooks it in the crockpot and allows you to leave it cooking while you have fun with the family and come home to a delicious, hot meal.
Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna
(recipe and image from Tablespoon)
1 pound (16 ounces) ground beef
1/2 cup diced white onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 (24 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup water
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 whole egg
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley or
2 teaspoons dried parsley
6 uncooked lasagna noodles
In a large skillet brown beef and onion. Add garlic and cook for one minute. Drain.
Add spaghetti sauce and water and simmer for about 5 minutes.
Mix ricotta, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, 2 Tablespoons Parmesan, egg and parsley.
Pour 1 cup of spaghetti meat sauce into a 4 to 6 quart sized slow cooker. Place half of the noodles and half of the ricotta mixture on top of the sauce. Cover with 2 cups meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles (If the noodles don't fit exactly break them to fit) and cheese mixture and meat sauce.
Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or until noodles are soft. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of mozzarella and remaining parmesan. Cover with the lid to melt the cheese and let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.
Do not overcook and don't try to speed up the process by cooking it on high.
*Works best with a 4 to 6 quart size slow cooker.
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