Are you looking for easy summer meals that won’t heat up the house-you must try this crockpot lasagna! It is so easy and I will NEVER go back to all the work to making traditional lasagna!
- 1 lb meat-browned
- Jar of spaghetti sauce
- Ricotta cheese or Cottage cheese
- 1-2 cups Mozzarella shredded cheese (or Italian blend)
- Lasagna noodles (uncooked)
- Parmesan cheese/basil/Italian spices (optional)
Spray crockpot with butter spray and mix meat with sauce. Put a tiny bit of water in the jar, swish it around to get ALL the sauce out, and dump that into the bottom of the crockpot. (Waste not, want not!) Begin layering: uncooked noodles (break to fit), meat sauce, ricotta/cottage cheese, Mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers as you have ingredients. Pour about 1/4 cup water around the edge to help moisture so it won’t dry out. Cook on low 3 hours….lasagna making just got easier! This will fill about half of the crockpot. We have a young family of 6, it is enough for dinner, lunch and even and extra lunch for my hubs 2 days later. If you have a larger family you can double the ingredients and fill it to the top.
For all you visual folks out there, here are step by step via photos:
Step 1: Brown meat. I like to use pork sausage over beef mostly due to price of beef is crazy right now (at least in my town!) Then add your jar of pasta sauce to make a meat sauce. I scored this bottle of Ragu for $.89 cents with a coupon! You can use any brand of pasta sauce….I always use what is cheapest! 😉
Step 2: Spray your crockpot for easy clean up!
Step 3: Swish a little bit of water into the empty pasta sauce jar to get ALL the sauce out, dump into bottom of the crockpot.
Step 4: Begin layering starting with the uncooked lasagna noodles. Break them to fit into the crockpot.
Then layer meat sauce, ricotta/cottage cheese, Mozzarella cheese. I use the cottage cheese to keep this meal cheaper and I don’t use much cheese. You can add as little or as much as you want! Then do it all again until all your ingredients are used up. I usually make 3 layers with these ingredients. I also like to throw in a shake of Parmesan cheese and basil in each layer-but this is optional!
Step 5: Add 1/4 cup of water around the edges so it doesn’t dry out.
Step 6: Cook on low for about 3 ish hours.
Step 7: ENJOY your crockpot lasagna!
Let me know how this turns out for you! I’ve also added fresh spinach in the layering process to hide some “greens” in there. It was delicious!