Also known as slow cooker lasagna as crock pot is a registered trademark. I do have a Rival Crock pot so I guess I can use the word. :-)
Crock Pot Lasagna
28 ounces of sauce- I used my roasted tomatoes to make a meat sauce (recipe follows)
1 box of lasagna noodles- uncooked and broken to fit the crock
2 cups bechamel sauce (recipe follows)
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese- full fat please!
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Spray crock pot with non-stick spray.
Mix ricotta cheese with egg and 1 teaspoon parsley.
Have all ingredients ready and begin by layering sauce then noodles, breaking to fit as needed.
Spread a little of the ricotta mixture on each noodle, cover with a ladle or so of bechamel sauce, then the meat sauce and a sprinkling of mozzarella.
You can also sprinkle some grated parmesan at this point too. Layer until you have only a little of the sauces left and finish the top layer with noodles, sauces and cheese. Cook on low 4-5 hours. Turn off and let sit for 15 minutes or so. If you want the top to crisp up and you have a removable crock, you can put the crock under the broiler for about 5-10 minutes or until browned.
Here it is after 2 hours of cooking on low. I have to leave and cook it the rest of the time at the party I am taking it to.
So the verdict is in, this was a huge hit at the fall party today. I barely got a serving and it was one of the first dishes to be emptied. Many who tried it said it was delicious and my boys ate it as well. So it cooked a total of 4 hours on low, which is like high in my crock pot. Enjoy!
**I made this ahead of time the night before.**
Here are the two sauces:
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups of milk
1 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan can omit if you want
Melt butter on medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 2 min. or so whisking the whole time. Slowly add in the milk, stirring or whisking entire time. Bring to a boil, lower heat and add in seasonings. Let cook a few more minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool a bit.
Roasted tomato meat sauce
1 recipe of roasted tomatoes with onions and garlic ( I added a quartered onion in the pan of tomatoes. I also roasted for 30 minutes on 425 to make it faster)
1-2 cups water
1 pound browned ground meat-I used turkey because that is what I had on hand
1 teaspoon each of dried oregano, basil and parsley
salt and pepper to taste
After the tomatoes have cooled, add the water into the food processor as you pulse.
I did not strain the sauce.Add tomatoes to the pot of browned meat and add seasonings. Let simmer for 30 minutes or so. Let cool a bit before using in the lasagna.