Monday, February 3, 2014

Slow Cooker Lasagna

We attend at least one or two Pot Luck Dinners every month and there is always so much wonderful food. One of the events we went to recently had an Italian Night so I decided to take my Slow Cooker Lasagna. Through the years this recipe has gone to sports events, family reunions, and many ladies events. It is a recipe that is full of Italian flavor and yet so easy to put together and then go on with your day and enjoy the party.

Slow Cooker Lasagna




Slow Cooker Lasagna
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Ingredients
1 pound Italian Sausage
1 pound ground chuck
2 cups diced tomatoes with juice
1 medium onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon basil
1 teaspoon anise seed
1 1/2 cups tomato paste
3 to 4 cups water
non stick cooking spray
1 package uncooked lasagna noodles
32 ounce container of Ricotta Cheese
4 cups Mozzarella Cheese, grated
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1 egg,beaten
8 cups fresh spinach
Directions
Brown the Italian Sausage and the ground chuck in a large sauce pan or dutch oven and drain
Add the onions,  tomatoes, garlic, 1 tablespoon oregano and the remainder of the seasons, mix well
Add the tomato paste and water, mix well. Simmer for at least 10 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon oregano, Ricotta Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Parmesan Cheese and the beaten egg, mix well
Spray the inside of the Slow Cooker with the non stick cooking spray
Turn the cooker on low at this point
Divide the sauce and the cheese in three parts
Layer one part to the sauce on the bottom of the cooker
Next break the lasagna noodles in half and place them on top of the sauce, completely covering the sauce
Next layer one part of the cheese mixture on top of the lasagna noodles
Next layer 1/2 of your spinach on top of the cheese layer
Repeat these layers ending with the last part of sauce then a layer of the cheese mixture on top
Cook on low for 3 hours
Let set without heat for at least 30 minutes before serving
Print Recipe

Simmer The Sauce


Layer One The Sauce



Layer Two The Noodles


Layer Three The Cheese


Layer Four The Spinach


Ready To Serve





Enjoy!






This is a great recipe to take to a function or to enjoy at home and I sure hope you and your family enjoy it. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit today, I always look forward to your visits! Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy

33 comments:

  1. It looks terrific
    What a great looking sauce!
    This is not a lasagna for us (we don't eat dairy and meat together - religion-wise) but I admit that it looks wonderful

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    1. It's always good to see you Winnie, I needed some of your awesome bread to go with this Lasagna. Thanks for stopping by!
      Miz Helen

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  2. I recently made my first slow cooker lasagna and was amazed at how well it turned out! Mine was a white chicken lasagna, so I can't wait to try your traditional Italian version~ I am literally drooling as I type!
    Jenna

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    1. Hi Jenna,
      I will have to try your White Chicken Lasagna that sounds really good too. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
      Miz Helen

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  3. Are these the regular lasagna noodles that you generally boil first or the special ones that are made not to boil first? I want to make this next week for my daughter's B'Day party. She wants another pasta dish first, but I will need to supplement to feed the crowd and this will make a nice addition because it doesn't need my small oven which is taken up with the first dish. Whew! So many details. :)

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    1. Hi Noras Granddaughter,
      These are regular Lasagna Noodles from the box, right out of the box just break them in half and place them on top of the sauce, they will be perfect. Be sure and don't cook it longer than 3 hours or the noodles will get to done. Sounds like a great party and hope you enjoy the Lasagna!
      Miz Helen

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    2. Whew! I guess I didn't read this first - or I didn't remember. I bought the oven ready lasagna noodles and made this. It was OVER THE TOP! It made a crockpot full with not an inch to spare and I have a large one, but was possibly the BEST LASAGNA I have ever tasted. I have never made lasagna in a crockpot and was keeping my fingers crossed that it would work and it more than worked -- it was a delicious BIG HIT! You are one classy cook Miz Helen. Thank-you so much for a wonderful recipe which made a wonderful party! I will make it again and again. I remain your happy reader.

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    3. Nora's Granddaughter,
      I am so excited to hear that your Lasagna turned out so well and that your party was a Big Hit! Thanks so much for sharing the result and your kind comments.
      Have a great weekend!
      Miz Helen

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  4. This looks so good, I've been wanting to try lasagna in the slow cooker and yours sounds perfect. I love that you added spinach, I'm definitely going to have to try it now. :) Pinning!

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    1. Thanks so much for the pin Ashlyn, it is always great to see you thanks for stopping by!
      Miz Helen

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  5. I have a similar recipe that cooks in a skillet - love the slow cooker version! Thanks for always sharing really yummy recipes!

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    1. I would love to try your Skillet version that sounds awesome. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!
      Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Stephanie and glad you could stop by!
      Miz Helen

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  7. Visiting from Freedom Fridays ... I've never tried lasagna in the slow cooker, but looks like I need to!! ;-)

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    1. Hi Joann,
      So glad you could stop by and hope you have a chance to try the Lasagna. Have a great week!
      Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Ambreen, it is always good to see you. Hope you are having a great week!
      Miz Helen

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  9. I love the idea of being able to make lasagne in the slow cooker. Not only does it allow me to get dinner started early in the day, but I love how the house smells as dinner cooks. Trying this recipe for sure, the family will love it.
    Tweeting this post!

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  10. I love anything you can make in a slow cooker so this sounds delicious to me! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat Link Party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

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  11. I found this recipe on the Strut Your Stuff Saturday link party and it looks so good. Honestly, I would never have thought of trying to make a layered lasagna in a crockpot. But clearly it can be done!

    The timing of me finding this recipe is perfect because the featured ingredient for today's Future Expat Required Ingredient Recipe Link Party is pasta. I hope you'll come add your recipe, and your other favorite pasta recipes, to the party.

    http://futureexpat.com/2014/02/required-ingredient-pasta/

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  12. I have made this before but not with the Spinach, I will have to try that next time. Looks yummy!

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  13. This looks delicious. I love the idea of baking it in the slow cooker because the sides are a lot higher. When I make lasagna I always have the problem of the sides of my baking dish not being high enough. Thanks for sharing this at Making Monday. Have a great week.

    Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life
    www.abrightandbeautifullife.com

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  14. I like that it has spinach in it. Truly enjoy cooking in my crockpot. Thank you for sharing this recipe with photos.

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  15. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! Who knew it came out of the slow cooker! Thanks for joining THE SCOOP! Pinning!

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  16. This looks AMAZING! Yes, I'm pinning it as well...& a new follower :)
    Rachael @ http://www.parentingandhomeschoolinginfaith.com

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  17. What a nice inviting dessert to enjoy on this very cold and snowy night. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  18. I love the spinach in here. Spinach is my favorite vegetable. Have never tried making lasagna in the crockpot. Sure looks easy! Thank you for sharing Miz Helen.

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  19. I'm a lover of lasagna but never tried to make it in the slow cooker. This recipe is high on my list to must try very soon! Looks amazing.

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  20. I love a good lasagna. I'm excited for a slow cooker recipe! Perfect for those busy days. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

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  21. I love slow cooker lasagna and love that you've put anise in your sauce. Thank you so much for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.
    ~Hun... What's for Dinner?

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  22. This looks delicious and so easy to do! Thanks for sharing your fabulous recipes with us at Inspire Me Monday this week! You are one of our Featured Guests at this week's party at Create With Joy. I truly appreciate your friendships, your talents, and your contributions!

    Have a beautiful week!

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  23. Miz Helen, being the Italian girl that I am, I just LOVE lasagna. I never knew you could make it in the slow cooker! Awesome. :-) Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I look forward to seeing what you'll share this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/02/try-new-recipe-tuesday-february-18.html

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