Mmmm, lasagna ... who doesn't love cheesy, saucy, ooey-gooey lasagna? Unfortunately for all us carb lovers, it's not the easiest dish to make. There are lots of components to make and put together, which means time, effort, and a bunch of dirty dishes. But what if I told you that you could get the same big, tasty payoff with a lot less work involved?
Yes, it's true. Lasagna doesn't have to be such a chore to make! In fact, there are a few options when it comes to the savory dish to change things up. But to make it as easy as can be, you'll have to pull out the king of kitchen appliances when it comes to effortless cooking: the Crock-Pot. They weren't lying when they described using a Crock-Pot as "set it and forget it." The gadget is famous for turning whatever's put inside into pure yumminess while the chef is happily doing other things, and lasagna is no exception.
To get started, mix 16 ounces of ricotta, one large beaten egg, three tablespoons half and a half, and a quarter teaspoon of salt.
Add a layer of your favorite sauce in a four-and-a-half quart Crock-Pot, fully covering the bottom of the pot.
Next, add a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles, breaking them a bit to help them conform to the shape of the oval slow cooker stoneware.
Then, smooth a layer of the ricotta mixture on top of the noodles.
On top of the ricotta, add another generous layer of meat sauce; it's important to have a lot of sauce, as the uncooked noodles will soak up a lot of moisture during the cooking process. Then, add a layer of shredded Parmesan and another of shredded mozzarella.
Continue layering in the same order until you have used up all your ingredients, ending with a mozzarella-and-Parmesan layer. In total, you'll need ten ounces of shredded mozzarella, three ounces of shredded Parmesan, five to six cups of sauce, and 12 lasagna noodles (in addition to the ingredients used to make the ricotta mixture described earlier).
Put the top of the slow cooker and cook for about two to three hours on high or six to eight hours on low. That's it!
The beauty of this recipe, aside from its ease, is that it's incredibly customizable. Vegetarian? Use a meat substitute in your sauce. Want to sneak some veggies onto the plate of a picky kid (or adult)? Just add veggies to your sauce or in between the layers. This is really a dish for the whole family.
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