Thursday, January 17, 2019

Best Crock Pot Lasagna

Hi Foxy Friends! Bringing you another try with me post. The first one was all about the Instant Pot Whole Chicken. This time I am bringing you a Crock Pot Lasagna. The reason I tried it? I needed to make something in the crock pot because we were going out and then coming back to our house for dinner with some friends. I didn't want to have to get take out, so I went to the crock pot. I felt like I wanted to eat lasagna, so I searched the internet for all the recipes. I didn't find one that I really liked, so I ended up combing a couple.

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I liked that this one added Parmesan cheese.

I liked that this one combined egg with the ricotta cheese, I have no idea what it does, but it intrigued me and I wanted to try it. It's not a crock pot recipe, but I was looking up lasagna recipes to see how people made it.

Plus I took from how my mom makes her recipe, she doesn't follow one from the internet, just the one she's been making the last 5,000 years (total exaggeration).

Note: I used this crock pot.

Okay so for my recipe...Of course I made a video, but also wrote it all out, so you can print it.

 Ingredients You'll Need:

Lasagna noodles (the regular kind NOT the no bake kind)
3 jars of spaghetti sauce (I used Paul Newman, but I wanted to use Prego, but two stores I went to it was out, must have been a run on spaghetti sauce)
Shredded Mozzarella (no one has time to shred it themselves) I bought a 2 lb bag, but probably only used about 1 lb, more cheese the merrier right?
Shredded Parmesan (I used a little less than 8oz of it)
Ground Beef (I used the organic kind from Costco)
Sausages (I used the ones from the deli at Sprouts) - cut in circular sections.
Onion, diced
2 teaspoons of Oregano
2 teaspoons of Basil
Oil (of your choice)
Slow Cooker (on sale for $22)
Ricotta Cheese
1 Egg

What To Do:

Step 1: Using large skillet, place small amount of oil in pan and cook onions until translucent.

Step 2: While that is cooking, mix together your Ricotta Cheese and egg.

Step 3: Add ground beef to the onions until thoroughly cooked.

Step 4: Meanwhile, start cooking the sausage in another skillet. Once cooked cut into slices.

Step 5: Once the ground beef/onion mixture is completely cooked, add in the basil and oregano and stir, then add in marinara sauce.

Step 6: Assembly -

         Layer 1 - Add a thin layer of sauce to the bottom of the crockpot insert

         Layer 2 - Add noodles in one layer, break up noodles to fit into curved part of insert

         Layer 3 - Like a goon, think you need more sauce, so add more sauce on top of noodles

         Layer 4 - Add some sausage slices, Ricotta Cheese mixture, Mozzarella Cheese and Parmesan Cheese

         Layer 5 - Add some more sauce, because why not

         Layer 6 - Add some noodles, breaking apart to fit in one layer

         Layer 7 - Realize you don't need that much sauce and add cheeses and sauce, oh yeah forgot the sausage.
         Layer 8 thru XX- Repeat layering in same way until slow cooker is full, end with the cheeses.

Step 7: Set slower cooker to low and cook for at least 4-5 hours. I cooked mine on high for 2 hours and low for 2 hours.

Step 8: If you want it to not be a big pile of gooey goodness, I would suggest taking insert of of crockpot so that it has a chance to cool down and become more solid before eating.

Step 9: Serve and be ready for amazing lasagna.

The reason I added so much sauce, I wasn't sure if the noodles would cook. I looked up several different recipes, and one did the no bake kind of noodles, which I didn't want to use. And the other one cooked the regular noodles. I decided to take a chance and use the regular lasagna noodles. Not knowing if there was enough liquid I kept adding sauce on the bottom and top of the noodles. But the last layer I decided not to add the sauce on top and it cooked just fine, so I don't think you need as much sauce...but it didn't taste bad with the extra meat sauce at all! Bad picture, but what it looked like the next day.

I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you make it, I plan on making it again soon!

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