I saw this Real Simple recipe for cooking lasagna in the crock-pot. I was very intrigued because I have always faced the ole' lasagna dilemma. Do you cook the noodles before you put them in the dish? How long do you cook them for? How do you prevent the lasagna noodles from sticking together while cooking them? I found that the gluten-free lasagna noodles (this might be true for regular noodles too, I haven't ever cooked those) would stick together in the pot while they were cooking and it would be a chore to try to pull them apart while keeping them in one piece. Well cooking lasagna in the crock-pot solves all of those problems!
- Jar (26 oz) of Tomato Pasta Sauce (I used HEB brand Tomato Basil.)
- Box of Tinkyada lasagna noodles
- 12 oz Ricotta cheese
- 8 oz grated mozzarella cheese/Italian blend
- a handful of fresh basil (optional)
- a package of ground Italian sausage (sometimes if they are out of fresh ground I get Italian sausages and cut off the casing.
Cook the Italian sausage on the stove top in a pan. Pour a little bit of the pasta sauce into the crock-pot to create a thin, even layer at the bottom. Lay down the noodles creating a layer at the bottom of the crock-pot, breaking noodles as little as possible to make them fit. Spread a layer using about half of the ricotta cheese, then half the sausage, some chopped basil and another layer of sauce. Then repeat starting with another layer of noodles. After you put down your final layer of noodles pour out the rest of the sauce and dump all the grated cheese on top. Finish by setting the crock-pot on low for 3 hours (Real Simple says 2 hours, but the noodles weren't soft yet at this time, so we let it go for another hour). And voila! You get what is shown below!
Note that the boyfriend stole a serving before I took the picture! (Typical!) Another great thing about this recipe is the small amount of ingredients that you are required to purchase! We then put all of this yummy lasagna in tupperwares to take to lunch for the week. It is such a cost saver to eat these for lunches since gluten-free TV dinners cost an arm and a leg!! If you give it a try let me know how it turns out!