If you've never heard of lasagna in a crockpot before, you're in for a real treat. Preparing lasagna can be very time-consuming. But with crockpot lasagna, all the mixing, parboiling and layering just got a whole lot easier. While you still have to layer the ingredients in the crockpot, you don't have to parboil anything or worry about the lasagna being too dry.
Be sure to follow your crockpot recipe carefully so that your lasagna will be perfect every time.
Crockpot Lasagna Recipe
Ingredients You Will Need:
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 12-ounce container tomato juice
1 16-ounce jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
Italian spices to season
12 ounces cottage cheese
12 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
15 ounce ricotta cheese
4 hardboiled eggs, crumbled
1 to 1 ½ boxes lasagna noodles
½ cup water
Salt and pepper to season
Spray the crockpot with a non-stick vegetable oil. Pour a little tomato juice on the bottom of the crockpot and add one layer of noodles.
Crumble the ground meat into a frying pan. Add the chopped onions and brown the meat, adding salt and pepper to taste. Add the spaghetti sauce and Italian spices. Add one half cup of water to the empty spaghetti jar and swish it around. Set the jar aside.
Cook the meat mixture until it has browned and the Italian spices have blended throughout. Alternate the layers of noodles with meat layers and crumbled egg and cheese layers in any combination you choose, but do not mix them. Make sure the layers are not deep. Pour the remaining tomato juice into the spaghetti jar and shake. Pour the juice over the top of the lasagna and secure the cover. Cook the lasagna on low for about four or five hours. About a half hour before serving, add a layer of mozzarella cheese to the top.
Ideally, the cheesy layers will hold the lasagna together. When you carve out a scoop of lasagna you will be digging into a true masterpiece that will taste so great everyone will want seconds and thirds!
Italian classics like lasagna are traditionally made with meat. Fortunately, there are many variations such as a seafood lasagna recipe that combines Italian flavors and sauce with fresh seafood. Seafood lasagna is a bit difficult to make and assemble but will be well worth it once you can serve it to eager guests.