Friday Food : Slow Cooker Lasagna

Today’s recipe isn’t pretty. Let’s just put that out there right now. If you’re looking for something where it’s all about presentation, keep on looking. If you’re looking for something that is super easy to make, super easy to adapt and cheap  inexpensive, then hold your horses and keep on reading.

Slow Cooker Lasagna

What you will need:

  • Lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 package (10oz) frozen spinach (thawed and drained)
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cans (15oz ea) Italian seasoned tomato sauce
  • 1 cup Morning Star Meatless Crumbles

Directions: 

  1. In a blender or food processor, mix 1 can of sauce, the ricotta, the spinach, 1 cup Mozzarella, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and the meatless crumbles.
  2. Pour about half of one of the cans of sauce into the bottom of the slow cooker. Save the second half.
  3. Place noodles along the bottom of the cooker, breaking them as needed to fit. It’s OK if the whole layer isn’t covered.
  4. Add some of the mixture from the blender as the next layer. Make it as thick as desired.
  5. Place more noodles to create the next layer, add sauce from the 3rd can, add more of the blender mixture.
  6. Continue to layer until all ingredients are used.
  7. For the final layer, place the noodles, add the remaining sauce from the 2nd can and top with remaining cheese.
  8. Cover and cook high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.

Makes appx 6 servings

Photos & Comments

I used the meatless crumbles 1) to make it healthier and 2) out of respect for those observing Lent who can’t have meat on Fridays.

Once blended I personally forgot the “fake meat” was included. Feel free to use real meat. Also feel free to not blend everything to high heaven and actually make more traditional layers.

For the cheese I did not use strictly Mozzarella. In my fridge I had Moz and I had an “Italian” blend. I used half and half.

BE CAREFUL not to overcook it! I put mine in at 10pm I woke up at 7am and some of the edges were way more than cooked. Not ruined, but certainly keep an eye on things.

I bought everything except the Mozzarella cheese and my bill was just under 20 bucks at Giant Eagle which isn’t an expensive store, but it’s on the more costly side. The meatless crumbles alone were nearly 5 bucks, so skip that and you will save a chunk of change.

Do the math (if you serve smaller potions with another side (salad anyone) you will easily get 6 servings if not MORE.  You’re serving an item which is about 3 dollars per person. Nice huh?

In future version I’ll probably add different spices, maybe layer in some mushrooms and other goodies. But hey for something that took only moments to make and had me waking up to wonderful smells and provided me something not too terrible health-wise for lunch. I’ll take it. Even if it isn’t pretty.

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