I have a great recipe for lasagna that I hardly ever make because it requires so much work.
But WeightWatchers has a really tasty, easy recipe for lasagna that you make in a large crock pot. I made it recently and we really liked it — proven by the fact that we ate it warmed up for several more meals, until it was gone. I see this recipe as being a regular for us from now on.
Note: I made this in my large oval 5 1/2 qt. crock pot. And while the published recipe says it is six servings, we found an 8th was plenty for us and we are not small-portion eaters. What a nice change from recipes that figure servings so small they are unrealistic. For any WW’s, an 8th is 8 PP WW points.
Slow Cooker Lasagna
1 lb. lean ground beef (with 7% fat)
1 small onion, chopped (I used 3/4 C. frozen)
1 garlic clove, minced (I used 1 T. from the jar– we LIKE garlic)
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 t. salt
1 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. dried basil
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 C. part-skim ricotta cheese
1 1/2 C. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
6 dry no-cook lasagna noodles
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese, strong-flavored like Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Cook beef, onion and garlic stirring frequently, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes. Simmer 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl stir together the ricotta and 1 C. of the mozzarella.
Spoon 1/3 of the bef mixture into a 5 qt. slow cooker. Break 3 lasagna sheets in half and arrange over beef mixture; top with half of the ricotta mixture. Repeat. Then put the final third of the beef on top.
Put lid on and cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours (Sandy’s note: 4 hours was plenty when I did it).
When done, remove lid and turn off heat.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 C. of mozzarella with the Parmesan and sprinkle over the lasagna. Put the lid back on and set aside until cheese melts and lasagna firms up, about 10 minutes.
The day I made this, I was in a hurry and was so glad that it only took about 15 minutes to get this started (I didn’t have to do any chopping because I used frozen onions and garlic from a jar). And I was really glad when we got home four hours later and dinner was ready!