Monday, March 4, 2013

Crockin' some lasagna!

SO lately I have been using the Blogger app to update my blog. The options are limited but it works for doing entries on the fly. I cannot chose picture placement or anything fancy, or maybe I can and just haven't figured it out. Anyway that's why my recent entries have been a bit wonky.

Moving on!

I love my crock pot(s). I have 2. What a great invention!! I decided why not try lasagna in the crock. It's the same concept as the oven pretty much.

Enjoy and Keep on Making Stuff!

Crock Pot Turkey Lasagna

Ingredients (amounts will vary on the size of your crock)

2 pounds ground turkey or beef
1 can of diced tomatoes
3-4 cups of tomato sauce
2 small white onions
2 cups of chopped mushrooms
1 box of lasagna noodles
3-4 cups of ricotta or cottage cheese
3 cups of shredded mozzarella
Minced garlic (as much as you like)
Random seasoning (I'm a spice a season kind of gal so I m always tossing in random stuff into my food)

*note* if you don't have just plain old tomato sauce use your fav spaghetti sauce that will work just fine.

Rough chop the onions and mushrooms. Sautee in a large pan. (large because you'll be added the meat and sauce to it)
Add the turkey or meat of choice in the pan with the onions and mushrooms and brown. (if you used beef be sure to drain off the excess grease)
Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, and seasoning to the meat mixture, give it a good stir.

I sprayed the inside of my crock with a little olive oil to help prevent sticking.

The next part I just eyeballed there was no real measuring going on. Sorry.

Scoop enough of your sauce to cover the bottom of the crock. Not thick but just enough.
Add a couple scoops of ricotta on top of that. Don't worry if it doesn't spread, it will as it cooks.
Sprinkle a little mozzarella on the ricotta
Grab a couple lasagna noodles. I had to break mine in different sizes to get coverage. See pictures below. Cover your sauce cheese layers with the noodles and give it a little press.
Repeat the above steps until your crock is about full or you have used all your ingredients.

I cooked mine on high for 2 hours and then put it on warm and let it cook for another 4. This part will depend on your crock and the time you have.

Once it was done I sprinkled a little more mozzarella on top and let it get melty. OH YEAH!!

SUPER DUPER EASY and it was so good. Even better the next day as it usually goes with pasta and sauce.

I did not follow a recipe for this I pretty much winged it. So add or subtract what you like. Have fun that's what cooking is about. Oh and happy bellies!!