Thursday, June 23, 2011

Crock-Pot Lasagna

Picture of Jessica Seinfeld's Lasagna
I saw this recipe for crock-pot lasagna awhile ago on the Oprah Winfrey Show. It was Jessica Seinfeld’s recipe.  (The picture is of her lasagna)

I made so many changes to her recipe it's hardly the same - so you may want to try both.

You’ll find my recipe below. Followed by tips, results and what I plan to do next time I make this recipe.... Yup, there will be a next time.

       Ingredients:
Crushed Tomatoes - 2 cans (24oz)
Garlic Cloves – 5, finely chopped
Onion – ½, finely chopped
Baby Spinach – 5oz finely chopped
Ground Turkey – 1lb
Pepper – couple of pinches
Salt - whatever
Oregano – couple of pinches
Mrs. Dash’s Italian Medley – couple of pinches
Ricotta – 15oz
Cottage Cheese – 15oz
Parmesan – ¼ cup
Mozzarella – 3 cups
Lasagna Noodles – 1 box cut to fit

       Directions:
Mix tomatoes, garlic, onion, baby spinach and spices – reserve ½ cup.

Combine ground turkey and more spices. Pinch small pieces off and add to sauce mixture.

In a separate bowl, mix ricotta, cottage cheese, Parmesan and ½ of mozzarella.

Spread reserved ½ cup sauce in bottom of slow cooker. Top with 3 of the noodles (breaking to fit). Top noodles with sauce then cheese mixture. Repeat two more times finishing with sauce and second ½ of mozzarella on top.

       Cook Time:
3 hrs on high - Cook until noodles are tender enough in center to poke a knife through.

      
Tips:
I used my Ninja to do all the chopping – garlic, onion, spinach. Because I like the taste of onion but not the texture I really chopped up that onion good… well, the Ninja did. I also really chopped up the spinach so my family wouldn’t know it was in there.

      
Results:
The sauce smelled and tasted great. The color was dark because of the spinach... something Gman thought was gross but didn't make a difference when eating.  I don’t know how I managed to do it but I ended up using 2 crocks. I only filled each up ½ to ¾...guess that's how. 
It turned out great because M was over and I sent him home with leftovers. Gman also took some to work the next day. All lasagna was gone within 24 hrs. It was delicious and even better the next day.  They loved it.  I even got a text from M later that night saying thanks and he loved it.  I will definitely be making it again.

      
Next Time:
I’ll use ½ of the spinach and maybe more cottage cheese.  I may even just layer the small pinched pieces of ground turkey instead of adding to sauce... not sure yet. I will also start it up earlier in the day, fill up the large crock and cook on low. Then I’ll know how long it will take to do it that way.  Ill also take a picture to post before the boys dig in.


This will be my next dish to pass at our next work potluck.

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15 Friends Commented:

Beth Zimmerman said...

Makes me wish I was eating more carbohydrates! Sounds amazing!

Heather said...

I am totally bookmarking this! I 'll have to try this sometime! :)



Thanks for stopping by today! If I try the recipe, I'll do about about it linking to your recipe and if I love it I give the person a "blogger tried, blogger approved" button to put on their blog. :)

Heather From and Mommy Only Has 2 Hands!

Mizzreviewlady said...

Wow what a great idea! I never knew you could make lasagna in a crock pot!
I am now following you from the hop and would love a follow back over at
http://mizzreviewlady-mommyreviews.blogspot.com/
Thanks:)

More Milestones said...

@ Beth, I LOVE my carbs... uugghh.

: )

More Milestones said...

@ Heather, one of my boys is on the picky side and he loved it... hidden spinach and all.
Let me know what your think.
thanks for the shout out!

: )

Pam said...

Oh, yummy! This looks so good. Thanks for linking up with us at Cup of Joe Blog Hop. I'm returning the follow from the Thrifty Things.

kathy said...

WOW Mona that lasagna looks great. My neice just bought me a new crock pot. I'm going to try this out for sure. The crock pot is great for Florida summers... no oven!

Found your blog via forty and over blog hop.

have a great weekend

SocialStudiesSoubrette said...

I am so thinking about getting that cook book. My Little Bit refuses veggies 90% of the time and I need to learn her sneaky ways.

I have a Ninja too! I love that thing. I've never had a blender with so much umph :D It tears up frozen fruits like nobodies business, hehe.

Emz said...

Hi! Looks great! Visiting via the blog hop, joined via GFC, please follow me back at www.fourlittlemonsters.com - thanks!

More Milestones said...

@ Kathy, cooking w/o the oven is what I loved too. We've had our own heat/humidity wave here in MI.

@ Amy, Jessica's recipe layered the spinach, which is one of the things I didn't like. Using my Ninja to chop it up and put it in the sauce worked better for me - out of sight, out of mind.

@ Emz, I'll be visiting blogs once the whole blogger thing is fixed. The only way to follow right now is through rss feed.

~ Mona :)
More Milestones

MusingMom6 said...

This sounds amazing! Definitely saving!

Thanks for having the hop!

Terri said...

Goodness gracious that looks delightful, I love lasagna and I use my crock pot almost as much as I use the coffee pot. I'll come back for the recipe before we get groceries again, will bookmark it on delicious.

carolniaheartstrings said...

I have always wanted to try this out in the crockpot. Now I think I will. This sounds yummy!. Come on over and visit us today. We have a wonderful recipe for a chilled cantaloupe soup and if you make a comment, you make get a visit from the Fairy Hobmother who will grant a wish!

♥ Miss Tea said...

your crock pot makes me hungry!! i love spinach though and thanks for sharing the recipe!

I'm blog hopping from homemakeronadime, your newest follower :)

Susan at http://tea-diary.blogspot.com

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Yummy! Thanks for sharing this at the Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop :) I'm headed to your blog directory to link up my blog parties. Thanks for the heads up.