Monday, April 25, 2011

Crock-Pot Lasagna

This recipe for Crock-Pot Lasagna was sent to me from Kim Muro, from Mama's Monologues.  I met Kim through blogging and we've become twitter pals too. :)  Did I not tell ya Twitter is where it's at?  If you're on twitter come find me so we can be buds too, okay? You can search for me @alwaysnwonder, or follow the link on my sidebar at the top, or just click HERE.

Back to Kim.  She has a very cool blog where she talks about her family, staying fit, and tells crazy good stories about her life. 

This recipe is shown exactly how Kim emailed it to me, but like usual, anything I changed/modified is shown and explained **.

Crock-pot Lasagna:
1 lb. Italian sausage (OR 1 lb. ground meat) (**I bought Italian Sausages made from Turkey)
1  26 oz jar pasta sauce
3/4 cup water
12 no-boil lasagna noodles
1  15 oz container ricotta cheese
1  8 oz package shredded Italian blend cheeses (**I forgot to pick up Italian cheese blend, so I used what I had on hand. Shredded Colby Jack and Parmesan. Shut up. It was just as good!)

Lightly coat the inside of crock-pot with cooking spray; set aside. In a large skillet cook sausage (or meat) until brown. (If I'm using sausage I brown it halfway, then cut it up into almost bite size pieces and let it cook the rest of the way.)  Drain off fat. Stir in pasta sauce and water.

Place 1/2 cup of the meat mixture in the bottom of the prepared crock-pot. Layer 4 of the noodles (break to fit) on top of the meat. Top with 1/3 of the ricotta cheese, 1/3 of the remaining meat mixture, and 1/3 of the shredded cheese. Repeat layers twice starting with noodles and ending with meat mixture. Set the remaining shredded cheese aside.

Cover and cook on low heat setting for 4-6 hours or on high heat for 2-3 hours.

Uncover; sprinkle lasagna with remaining shredded cheese. Let stand, uncovered, for 15 minutes before serving.

Use your judgement on cooking time. I put mine on low for closer to 3 hours and that's plenty of time.
People...this was a huge hit!  It was so easy and delicious. It looked and smelled so good, we didn't even wait for it to cool down. 
My husband loved that it wasn't too saucy, and the Italian Sausage gave it a great flavor.  I would definitely recommend making this if you love lasagna, but don't want to slave for hours making it.  We'll be having it again I'm sure.
Hope you guys stop by Kim's blog, Mama's Monologues and tell her "Hi" too. I promise she doesn't bite.  Thanks for the great recipe Kim!
Reminder for all you who sent in your recipes:

On April 30th I am picking one random winner to win a copy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks Cookbook, and the other awesome prize you can win to use in your kitchen. 

I think it's finally time to reveal that second prize...
The winner will receive a $40.00 gift card to  (This way you can shop for something you want or need for your kitchen. Plus I had such a hard time choosing from all of their awesome items, I didn't want that responsibility!)

Once the winner is picked and announced and/or messaged they will have 48 hours to contact me back, or I will choose another winner. 

6 comments: said...

OOh. I will definitely be trying this out - looks fantastic!

Liz said...

I would never have thought about making lasagne that way. I might give it a go something - I guess it would work just as well for a veggie lasagne.

I'm now following you on twitter :)

Heather said...

That looks awesome! Hubby loves lasagna, I may have to try this for him!

Kimberly said...

Hey, that's me!! I'm glad you tried this! And I'm even more glad that you liked it!! Good choice with the sausage, I love using that instead of ground meat! :)

Patti said...

CANNOT Wait to try this it looks SO good! May end up on the menu for this week... oh and I too am also following you on twitter. Thanks to you and Kim for sharing this great dish!

Patti said...

Trying this tonight!! EXCITED.... just posted two blogs with some great dinner ideas... hope you will go and take a peak! Have an awesome day!