The Brighter Writer


Easy Crock Pot Lasagna

First, let me preface this by saying I have never made lasagna, crock pot or not, ever in my entire life. No particular reason really, I just never have. So this was my first experience all together and it was amazing. Just like Oprah said it would be. I even dare to say better than regular lasagna because the noodles soften in the sauce instead of a bowl of boiling water so the flavor is outstanding. It took me a total of 15 minutes to prepare. I didn't actually use the recipe on her website, just the idea. I didn't have time to make my own spaghetti sauce, I just used the kind from a jar, and I left out the layer of spinach. But it was fantastic anyway.

Spaghetti Sauce
Lasagna noodles
15oz ricotta cheese
8oz mozzarella

1. Cook your meat of choice. Most people use ground chuck, but I don't care for eating anything called "chuck." I used Jennie-O ground turkey and seasoned it with onion powder, minced garlic, and Italian mixed seasoning.

2. Lightly grease your crock pot. Does that sound dirty to anyone else?

3. Place a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles, they don't need to be the boil-free kind, just any regular kind will do.

4. In a separate bowl, mix a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce with 1/3 cup water.

5. Layer on top of the dry noodles half of your meat, sauce, ricotta and mozzarella.

6. Repeat layers.

7. Cook on high for 1 hour, then on low for an additional 3 1/2

I also used reduced fat mozzarella and part skim ricotta. No one knew the difference. My husband even went back for seconds.