Crock Pot Lasagna

You will be seeing a lot more slow cooker/crockpot recipes from now on.  Today’s weather has been cool, but as the weather becomes warmer slow cooker will be my savior!  Today’s recipe came from here.  I adapted a bit, but it’s still the same as this recipe.   Lasagna is my husband’s favorite dish and let’s see how this stack up to the traditional oven baked lasagna! 

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1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 yellow sweet bell pepper, cleaned & diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
29 oz can tomato sauce (or your favorite tomato sauce, could be store bought or home made)
8 oz pkg. lasagna noodles, uncooked
3-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese & 1/2 cup extra mozzarella for topping
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups ricotta
**you can add salt & pepper, adjust to your taste

1. Spray the inside of the crock-pot with cooking spray
2. Brown the ground beef, and sauté onion, garlic and pepper.
3. Stir the tomato sauce in with the ground beef mixture.
4. Spread 1/4 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the crock-pot
5. Arrange 1/3 of the uncooked noodles over the sauce (I usually break them up so they fit better)
6. Combine the cheeses in a bowl. Spoon 1/3 of the cheeses over the noodles.
7. Repeat these layers twice or three times.
8. Top with remaining sauce.
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9. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours and low for 1-1/2 hours. Or, you can start with high as you prepare the sauce, and once everything is in the crockpot, set to low and cook for 5 hours.  In the last 10 minutes of cooking  sprinkle the 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella. 
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10. Let the lasagna stand in the crock-pot with the lid off for at least 10 minutes.
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My opinion:

I didn’t have high expectation for this.  I was curious so I decided to make this.  However, this was actually good, in fact really good!!  Wow, I was surprised, seriously.   Everyone loved it and I got a “seal of approval” from my husband!  The lasagna pasta was not al dente, it was more on a “well done” side, however, I think maybe I can adjust the time.  You can prepare the sauce the night before, assemble everything in the morning and when you come back from work you’ll have a warm lasagna waiting for you!! 

I still like the oven baked lasagna, really, nothing can beat the oven baked, but this slow cooker version isn’t a shabby substitute, it’s a really good substitute!

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