Thursday, December 29, 2011

Slow Cooker Lasagna



INGREDIENTS

1
pound bulk Italian sausage
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
3
cans (15 ounces each) Italian-style tomato sauce
2
teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
1
container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
1
cup grated Parmesan cheese
15
uncooked lasagna noodles















DIRECTIONS

1Cook sausage and onion in 10-inch skillet over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, basil and salt.2Mix 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. (Refrigerate remaining mozzarella cheese while lasagna cooks.)3Spoon one-fourth of the sausage mixture into 6-quart slow cooker; top with 5 noodles, broken into pieces to fit. Spread with half of the cheese mixture and one-fourth of the sausage mixture. Top with 5 noodles, remaining cheese mixture and one-fourth of the sausage mixture. Top with remaining 5 noodles and remaining sausage mixture.4Cover and cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or until noodles are tender. (Note: some of the reviewers cooked theirs for 5 hours and said it was too long so try 4 hours)5Sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into pieces.













Something as simple as chopped fresh parsley will dress up this lasagna. Sprinkle on the parsley just before serving.
For lasagna with a kick, look for hot or spicy Italian sausage. Links can be used if bulk sausage isn't available. Just squeeze the meat out of the casings and cook as directed.

1 comment:

Mary said...

This sounds delicious. I am new to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary