Holy Moly. How can something so simple be so good? Usually I make lasagna from scratch (my Mama’s recipe), but I wanted to try this one because it just seemed too easy to be true. The reviews were great, so I went for it. And I was blown away. This crock pot lasagna is AMAZING!
Even Annie, who hated noodles AND meat when I first came up with this recipe, ate her entire plate of this. I liked it because I was able to start it during the day and have dinner done later when things were busy. Nice. On the 8th Day, God invented Crock Pots. Amen.
We need meat (I used VENISON), some type of pasta sauce, lasagna noodles, parmesan cheese, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, and water. Short, sweet and simple. You’re going to hug me later.
I used a 5 quart crock, but just use what you have. For easy clean up, you want to spray it with cooking spray. It really does help.
Brown the meat in a skillet. If it’s fatty, you will need to drain it. This was pretty lean, so I didn’t bother with draining it.
Cover the bottom of the crock with sauce……not a ton, but make sure the surface is covered.
Add the rest of the sauce to the meat. You’re also going to add a tad of water. I don’t know why, but I assume it’s to help with the cooking of the noodles.
Speaking of noodles, you’re going to put them in the bottom on top of the sauce. You’ll have to break them to fit. I was a little weirded out, putting hard noodles in there……but I went with it. I had faith – sometimes that faith gets me in trouble – like faith in rice cooked in a crock pot (epic failure).
Spread half of the cottage cheese mixture over the noodles. Barry hates cottage cheese, but he’ll eat it if I put it in stuff. Men are so weird.
Sprinkle half the mozzarella over the cottage cheese. I love mozzarella cheese – I stole a handful and popped it into my mouth. Annie was napping, so I didn’t get caught.
Now, give a good shaking of Parmesan cheese over that. I think Parmesan smells like feet…..but it still tastes good. Strange how that works out.
Spread half the sauce on top of this cheese layer. Yum! This is going places. Use the rest of your stuff doing one more layer of everything.
Put the lid on and cook it on low for 4 hours. I liked this recipe best because I was able to do it while Annie was down for her nap and then at dinner time it was ready to go, so I got all my work done while she was sleeping. Miracles DO happen!
Holy Moly again. Look at that! My house smelled so good that Barry kissed me when he walked in the door – okay, so he does that every day, but it still smelled really good. It made my belly growl. I was shocked out of my chair when Annie cleaned her plate. Every other time I’ve tried to feed her noodles, she revolts. Thanks God, amen.
Crock Pot Lasagna
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce
- 2 cups cottage cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzerella cheese
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 6 whole lasagna noodles, regular, uncooked
- 1/4 cup water
- In frying pan, brown ground beef and drain fat.
- Add water and pasta sauce, reserving a small amount of sauce to line bottom of crock pot. Stir until well blended.
- Line bottom of crock pot with very thin layer of sauce, then top with 2-3 uncooked lasagna noodles that are broken to fit shape (some overlap is fine).
- Cover noodles with half the cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese, then top cheeses with half of the meat mixture.
- Repeat layers with the other half of the ingredients.
- Cook on low for 4 hours.