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01 March 2013

Crock Pot Lasagna

Tuesday night, I tried yet anther experiment inspired by Pinterest.

Crock Pot Lasagna.

I fully expected it to come out fine in the middle with crunchy dry noodles along the sides. 

Not so!  It was perfect.  And easy.  And in a crock pot.

You know I love everything about that.

Here's what you need:
1 box lasagna noodles - uncooked.
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 jar of spaghetti sauce (I used sauce I had canned this summer)

Combine the cottage cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan and egg together.  In the interest of honesty, I just eyeball these measurements.  You can add some salt & pepper to taste as well.

Also, if your sauce is thick (like mine), add a little water to thin it down a bit.  Maybe 1/4 of the jar.

Now, just start layering:
A layer of sauce
A layer of dry noodles
A layer of cottage cheese
A layer of dry noodles
and keep going until you end with noodles and cover them with sauce.

I cooked it on low for four hours.  I threw a little more mozzarella on top of it during the last hour.

It was just right:

I will say that this is not an attractive dish to serve, but boy is it good! 
No matter how I tried to slice it out of the crock, all the servings looked like a big mess. 

I served it with cheesy homemade garlic bread and a salad.

Definitely one to make again....and again.


Lori said...

I"m so glad you tried this....I've been looking at this on Pinterest completely unsure if I want to try it. Now I know it will work.

Rachel E. said...

So did you break the noodles? It looks like you have the same crock pot as I do.

Charli said...

I left them as whole as I could, but I did break them up and layer them. Otherwise I had big gaps everywhere. It was by no means perfect, but it worked.

Kathleen Guire said...

Can't wait to try this!

Anonymous said...

i do have one question, when do you add the meat?

Charli said...

Sorry, I guess I didn't say that did I? After I brown my meat and drain it, I add the sauce into the same pan as the meat. Then I just use the meat sauce for the layers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, im going to try and make this for dinner tonight. This was very helpful! Again thank you

Anonymous said...

Can you use ricotta cheese instead?

Charli said...

I don't know why you couldn't use ricotta cheese.

Sandy said...

If you make a fat folded strip of foil, and another across it in the shape of an X, you will have handles to lift the entire "mess" onto a platter or large bowl. Cut and remove the strips and the lasagna will hold its shape, especially good for leftovers.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I'm doing this for supper tomorrow night. Cant wait!! :)

Stephanie Ruehl said...

So one can assume 1lb. of beef for this?

Charli said...

You can use up to a pound of ground beef in this. I mix it in my sauce.

Anonymous said...

Do you cook on high or low

bikerchick said...

how many would thise serve?

Charli said...

It feeds our family of 5 with large servings and enough left over for my husbands lunch. So I'll say 6 hearty appetites.

Donna said...

I used the oven ready noodles. This turned out really good. Like you said not very attractive but there is nothing left over at our house. Served with a salad and garlic bread. I added some onion and garlic to the meat when I cooked it. Very easy and very tasty. Thank you for sharing.