lasagna in the crockpot a large family food idea

 

Lasagna is a family favorite that is usually on the menu once a month.  I like to make this dish in the summer by putting it in the crockpot to avoid heating up the house.  But for days when I am busy it is nice to have in the crockpot to enjoy a fuss free meal.

To make the sauce you will need the following:

  • Maryons spaghetti sauce recipe
  • 1-16 oz container of ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 pkg lasagna noodles–cooked  and sitting in cold water to avoid sticking

To begin, make your spaghtetti sauce.  I like to do ours homemade with our frozen pureed diced tomatoes2013-11-04_00074

In a small mixing bowl combine the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese.2013-11-04_00080 Mix until combined.2013-11-04_00082 By now your sauce is good and hot and cooked thoroughly.  If you are using jarred spaghetti sauce,  I would recommend adding some tomato sauce, tomato juice, or some sort of extra liquid as jarred sauce is often quite thick and your lasagna will turn out mushy.  2013-11-04_00083 Layer in your crockpot the following:

  • 1/3 sauce
  • noodles
  • 1/3 cheese mixture
  • noodles
  • 1/3 sauce
  • noodles
  • cheese mixtue
  • noodles
  • rest of sauce

It works out pretty nicely if you get a box of broken noodles, as you can just layer them to fit into your crockpot.

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Your last layer will be the rest of your sauce mixture.2013-11-04_00088
I like to sprinkle some parmesan cheese on the top of my lasagna.  I put this on low for about 2 hours.  If you really need to stretch it you can put on warm for 4 hours.

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