Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Not Enough Hours in the Day!

All summer, you gazed wishfully upon your untidy abode, reminding yourself that soon, school will start, and you'll have more time to get things done. For now, you told yourself, I'll just enjoy my children and ignore what can be ignored.

Then, school started, and you found yourself wondering where all of that free time you were promised had gone. PTO meetings, soccer practice, driving kids to cross country meets, attending parent-teacher conferences, baking cupcakes to share with the class for your child's birthday, meeting new parents, shopping, driving.... Oh! So that's where the time went!

What? Is it only me? I swear that I should have more free time in my days! I envisioned myself completing a present I'm working on for a friend who's expecting (and I'm running out of time!), finishing my braided rug, going to the gym... There's simply no time!

So, I look to my kitchen to provide shortcuts where I can. One reliable way to cut time in the kitchen is by using my slow cookers. Here's what's for dinner at my house tonight. I'll upload the final product later (after school, play date, homework, cross country practice, study time, laundry, and cleaning).

Slow Cooker Lasagna
makes a 5 quart crock full

What You Need:
  • 1 box uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 jar pasta sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • salt & pepper to taste
How it's Done:
  • Grease the inside of your slow cooker's crock.
  • Combine cooked beef and pasta sauce. Separately, combine ricotta, 2 cups of mozzarella, and the Parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper this mixture to taste.
  • Layer in the crock in this order:

First, lay down a small amount of meat & sauce.

Break two noodles in half and press them into the meat sauce.

Dot with some cheese mixture.

Repeat until you run out of noodles.

Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella.

Pour two cups of water over the top.

  • Cover and cook on HIGH one hour, then LOW six hours or until dinner, whichever is later.


The Inspiring Cook (Tonya Peele) said...

This looks delicious! I've never tried cooking lasagna in the crock pot. Gotta try it!

StephenC said...

What an interesting way to make lasagna! Do I dare?

Yenta Mary said...

Oh, man, that sounds SO good!!!

Melissa @ GreenAndFrugalMama said...

OMG, that sounds awesome! Bookmarked! Thank you. :)

Hillbilly Betty / Waylon Aussies said...

I just LOOOVVVEE crockpot lasagna. I really like the different texture of the noodles and it always seems to come out sweeter. Yum!

Mandy said...

This is going on my list of meals to try! I've heard of this but have yet to try it. Thanks so much!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Oh sure, you post this AFTER I got rid of my crock pot!! Looks like I'll need to get another one soon. Never ever thought of doing a lasagna in the crock pot. Brilliant!

Jenn said...

This sounds sooo good!! I've made lasagna a thousand times, but never in the slow cooker..what a great idea!!
(By the way, I got my coupon, thank you so much!!!)

Julia said...

That looks so good! I don't like lasagna, but my family loves it... I am going to have to try this!

Mike and Michele said...

What a great ideal. I have never though of making my lasagna in my crock pot. Well I'm going to do it next time I make it.



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