Monday, September 6, 2010

Monday's Meal: Easy Lasagna the Crockpot

Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you are having a relaxing day!

This fall our family will be busy in the evenings Monday through Wednesday since soccer practice and scout meetings will all be after 5:00 PM.  So that means late dinner meals when everyone arrives back home by 8:00 PM.  Because of this hectic schedule, I am trying to use my crockpot more and more so that a meal will be ready for us when we get back home from all the activities.


Last Monday, I tried a great crockpot recipe for the first time that I found in my Best of Country Slow Cooker Recipes book.  Have you ever tried cooking lasagna in a crockpot?  I sure hadn't until I found it in the recipe book!  So I gave it a try!  Here is the recipe from the book that I have:
1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic gloves, minced
1 can (29 oz.) tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 package (8 oz.) no-cook lasagna noodles
4 cups (16 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups (12 oz.) small-curd cottage cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Add the tomato sauce, water, tomato paste, salt and oregano; mix well.  Spread a fourth of the meat sauce in an ungreased 5-qt. slow cooker.  Arrange a third of the noodles over sauce (break noodles if necessary).
Combine the cheeses; spoon a third of the mixture over noodles.  Repeat layers twice.  Top with remaining meat sauce.  Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until noodles are tender.  Yield:  6-8 servings.

Our family's reaction to the meal:  I had never tried making lasagna with cottage cheese before so it had a new taste and my kid's thought it tasted "funny", but they ate it and liked it!   My husband enjoyed it and that says alot since he always orders lasagna at an Italian restaurant so his taste buds know good vs. not so good lasagna. (but, what lasagna is ever not good?)
I really liked the lasagna cooked this way in the crockpot and it was great to prepare the sauce in the morning before our homeschool day started, let it simmer all morning, and then on our lunch break I put it all together and started cooking the lasagna in the crockpot!

I was interested to know how others make lasagna in the crockpot since this was a new concept for me and I came across this version that I may try and this recipe doesn't use cottage cheese: 

Have you ever heard of lasagna in the crockpot before? I'm wondering how many others have tried this easy and delicious way to make lasagna?  If you try it, I would love to know your family's reaction!

I look forward to trying other crockpot recipes during this hectic soccer and scout season for our family!


Anonymous said...

You'll love it - promise!

Hi Nicole at "PreventionRd"
Thanks for your visit and comment! I just sent you an email! I'm glad I found your crockpot lasagna recipe and was able to link it up to my blog post! I can't wait to try your recipe!
Have a good day!

Mom2Seven said...

I use my crockpot a lot, but I have never tried lasagna. Sounds good, though! Happy Labor Day... have fun! +JMJ+

Hi Annita at "Mom2Seven"! Thanks for your visit and comment :) I hope you are having a good Labor Day weekend! I just remembered I took a picture of the lasagna I cooked in my crockpot so I just changed the photo from my original post to show everyone :)
Have a good week and I hope you get to try this recipe out!

Anonymous said...

I never thought of putting lasagna in the crockpot !!! Yum !!! I'm going to try it, thanks for sharing the recipe :)

Hi Tammy at "Matter of Fact"! thanks for stopping by and your comment! I know, when I found this recipe with lasagna in the crockpot, it was a new idea for me too :) Hope you like it!
Have a good day!

Anonymous said...

YUM! That looks so good. I will definitely be trying that. Visiting from the Hop!

Looks delicious! Will have to give it a try...I LOVE my crock pot!
Stopping by to say "Hi" from the Hip Homeschool Hop! Have a great day!

Meghan said...

Thanks for joining in The Hip Homeschool Hop today! LOVE your blog!


Hi! I have never heard of lasagna in the crock pot. but since0 it is my hubbys fav I think it is worth a try. =) Thanks for stopping by Friday, so fun to meet you!

I've never heard of it either! I am definitely going to try that. The crockpot gets me through the day! Thanks for the new recipe. Stopping by from Hip Homeschool Hop. Lisa~

Tracy said...

Hi! Stopping to say hi from the hip hs hop. I love lasagna and the crockpot! I am going to follow your blog.

Hi Robin! Thanks for your visit and comment! I just hopped over to your blog and left a comment requesting more info. about the postcard swap. I am your newest follower!
Have a good day!

Hi Amy at "A Faithful Journey"!
Thanks for your visit and comment! I just hopped on over to your blog and left a comment on your library post and I'm your newest follower!
Have a good week!

Hi Meghan! Thanks for hosting the Hip HS Blog Hop! It's always fun to find/follow new blogs since there are so many great ones! I just "Liked" your FB blog page and I'm already a follower through GFC :) "Like" my blog page if you'd like :)
Have fun hopping!

Hi Stephanie! Thanks for your visit and comment. I just stopped by your blog and left a comment on your recent post :) Hope to visit again!
Have a good week!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am now following you! Have a great night! :)

Hi Lisa from "The Pennington Point"
I'm glad you liked the recipe :) Thanks for your visit and comment. I just stopped by your beautiful blog and left a comment! Your fall pictures are awesome :)
Have a good week!

Hi Tracy at "Hearts At Home"!
Thanks for your visit, comment, and follow! I'm following you back! I love your Shabby Blog blog and I saw that your daughter has the same name as one of my daughter's and she has the same Shabby Blog design as me when I hopped on to her blog! COOL and she has great taste!
I posted a comment on your book/movie post! Nice to "meet" you! Come by for a visit again anytime!
Have a blessed week!
PS: I like your first name too ;)

Hi Amy!
Thanks for the follow! Have a good night too!

Definitely love lasagna! I've done it a couple of times in the crockpot. I can't ever get many noodles in though. LOL!

Hi Sherry! Thanks for your visit and comment!
Yeah, you're right I couldn't get in as much noodles as in a rectangular dish when I cook lasagna in the oven and I had to break up the noodles alot to fit them in the round crockpot! But oh so yummy!
I just hopped on your blog and left a comment on your fall post! I am your newest GFC follower and Networked Blog follower!
Come by for another visit here anytime!
Have a blessed week with your family!

Tracy said...

Hi Tracy! Thanks for the encouragement!!! I responded back on my blog.
God bless you!

Hey Tracy! I just read your comment on your blog :)
Have a good day!

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