Slow Cooker Lasagna

Slow Cooker Lasagna

Slow Cooker Lasagna
I was skeptical when I first heard of making lasagna in a slow cooker, but I have to admit we all enjoyed this version. I am even more enamored with this slow cooker meal, as it is half the work of making lasagna the oven-baked way. I serve this meal with a crisp romaine salad and my homemade ranch dressing.
    Servings
    5-6people
    Cook Time
    LOW 3-4 hours
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    Servings
    5-6people
    Cook Time
    LOW 3-4 hours
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    Ingredients
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
    • 1/4teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/4teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 1/2cup spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce*
    • 9 uncooked lasagna noodles
    • 2cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • 2cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 1tablespoon olive oil
    Instructions
    1. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add onion and garlic and sautรฉ for 1-2 minutes until onions are translucent. Add ground beef, season with salt and pepper, and continue to cook until meat is browned. Drain fat and set aside.
    2. Spread ยผ spaghetti sauce in slow cooker. Layer with uncooked lasagna noodles (about 3), breaking the noodles as needed to fit; 1/3 of the beef and 1/3 of the cheeses. Starting with sauce, repeat layers 2 more times finishing with cheese on top.
    3. Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on LOW or until cheese melts.
    Recipe Notes

    *If you are using tomato sauce you may want to add a liberal amount of dried basil, oregano, some salt and ground black pepper.

    I have made this dish with gluten free spiral noodles with similar success. The noodles got a bit mushy, but melded together similar to a lasagna noodle layer. It only needed 3 hours on low cook time.

    I have also replaced the cheddar cheese with ricotta cheese for a more traditional lasagna. The time frame was still between 3-4 hours on LOW.

    Substitute ricotta cheese or tofu for the meat if you want to make this vegetarian. Make sure you drain the tofu and crumble it before layering.

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