Welcome to Slow Cooker Saturday
I hadn't had traditional lasagna in years. Years and years.
Consequently, neither had my family. Poor, poor family!
I figured I should rectify that post haste...hehehe, sometimes I wish I were living smack dab in the middle of a Jane Austen book.
Back to the lasagna...
The yummy, delightful lasagna...
There are a lot recipes out there. As is my normal style, I morphed a few recipes and I feel I created a pretty darn tasty version that is sure to make any hungry family really happy.
I love the spinach in this recipe. The more veggies nestled within the better. Not only does this lasagna have ground beef, but also has Italian sausage. Then the cheese. Cheese makes so many things better.
On top of being yummy, this recipe is easy to prepare and then just cooks all day in the slow cooker. See, super easy and bonus your house smells divine all day long.
The whole family ate it all up. I am so happy I introduced my teeny tiny eaters to lasagna. Oh it was so yummy. I kind of want a big ol' serving right now.
I might be making this again sooner than later.
Slow Cooker Lasagna
1 lb ground hamburger
1 lb Italian sausage
3 (14 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 Tablespoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 (15 oz) containers part skim ricotta cheese
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, plus 1 cup for the top
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
12-15 lasagna noodles
6 cups baby spinach, roughly cut up
Cook the ground hamburger and the Italian sausage in a skillet. Drain off extra fat. Set aside.
In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper flakes, pepper.
In another bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, mozzarella (not the 1 cup for the top), and Parmesan cheeses.
Spray bowl of the crock pot. In the bottom of the crock pot, spread a little bit of sauce. Top the sauce with three noodles. You might need to break some of the noodles to get them to fit. Pour 1 cup of sauce over the noodles. Then top with a third of the meat. Next layer on 2 cups of the spinach. After the spinach layer on a third of the cheese mixture.
Repeat two more times.
End by topping the lasagna with three noodles and the 1 cup of mozzarella.
Cover and cook on low. Cook for for 4-5 hours, until the noodles are done.
Thanks for reading!