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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Crockpot Lasagna

I deliberated whether I should save this recipe for the "Crockpot Recipes" Them we will have coming up - or share it with the Italian recipe one. Because it is BOTH. :-) It is on our Shabbat menu this week that we will take a friend house for fellowship. It is so very easy, I do not do oven lasagna any more. It uses uncooked lasagna noodles which eliminates that whole step in the traditional method. I usually use organic wheat noodles too. (Don't fall for the scam that you need to buy special noodles to do this (whether it be in the oven or the crock!) - the trick is just adding more sauce. You an convert any recipe to so this just add 1-2C more sauce to your mix! It has nothing to do with the "kind" of noodle. I also find that richer flavor cooked into the noodles when you use uncooked noodles. Because the crock is usually oval or round (unlike a rectangular or square pan) you need to get a little creative by snapping your noodles to fill in the gaps when you layer it. No biggy - way worth it! (Besides their are always broken ones in the box that USED to drive me crazy...not any more!) :-) Notice the picture above. Do you see how the crock is only about as deep as a typical casserole dish? You can do that for a single family serving. But if you are feeding a crowd or you want leftovers, you can layer it right up to the brim. That is how I do mine. This also makes it a really nice thing to share take and share for Shabbat meetings, because it feeds a crowd and who doesn't love lasagna?

If you have never done this before. You much try it! My husband is in heaven since I discovered this, because I dreaded making lasagna before, so I rarely did (but he loves it). Now, I make it much more often!

1 pound of ground beef, browned
4-5C Sauce
24 oz of cottage cheese (or ricotta)
1 egg
uncooked lasagna noodles
2C + Mozzarella cheese

1. Mix together meat and sauce and put 1/3 of it in the bottom of the pot.
2. Put a single layer dry noodles to cover
3. Combine cottage cheese and egg, mix well. This is your next layer.
4. Top with Mozzarella. Repeat.

(I like to end the last layer with sauce topped with mozzarella.)

This recipe serves 6. However, I always double the above recipe for a full crock and double the layers.

Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours. (I find it can be done sooner, if you have a newer crock pot, they seem to cook a little hotter.)

  • I also like to put chopped, cooked (and squeezed dry) spinach in soft cheese mixture.
  • By the way, you can use this same method with a creamy white veggie lasagna too.
  • I love to use my Italian Sausage Seasoning Mix in my ground beef for my lasagna.
  • You can do this in the oven in a 3-4 qrt casserole dish at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes to an hour and half.


lusi said...

Fantastic! We tried it once this year with a recipe online but it didn't seem to work because you didn't brown the mince first. I think yours will be much nicer! So I'm trying it this weekend for Shabbat :) I was standing in our local fruit shop reading your post on my iphone trying to find what ingredients I needed! lol!
So am keen to give it a go :)
Thanks for the inspiration Pamela!!
Love Lusi x

Mommy Set Free said...

Your comment made me smile! I just love to know that people actually try the recipes! (It makes it worth the time to post them.) :-)

Millie said...

Kyla was looking over my shoulder while I was reading this and she asked for it next Shabbat :-) She loves lasagna but I never make it because of the work. This will be wonderful!
Thanks Pamela!

Anonymous said...

If you are desiring to be Torah observant, Iwould suggest you study the laws of kashrut. :)

MommySetFree said...

Thank you for your concern. We DO desire to be Torah Persuent and we are aware of the laws of "Kashrut". However, these rules of which you are referring were (maybe really good ideas) but not specified in Torah, rather establish given by (well meaning) Rabbis. To narrow it down, I am assuming you are specifically referring to mixing milk and meat in the same meal. We do not understand it the same way as is depicted in Kashrut and think that it might be an "extra fence" around Torah, that we have choose not to erect. We use Avraham's example given in Gen 18 as our foundation for this position. I mean no offense in my explanation. I also reserve the right for revelation to change our position and practice at any given time! May YHVH have mercy on us if we are wrong.

Shalom pamela

p.s. This method also works very well with spinach in place of the meat. :-)We do it that way sometimes too.

Our Simple Life3 said...

Thank you,,,I have this going for supper tonight....
I linked back to it from my blog :-)

Our Simple Life3 said...

This was sooooooooooooo good... :-)