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The first time I made an Italian meal for my in-laws I was shakin-in-my-boots nervous.

You see, they’re not just Italian, they are super Italians – in name, in spirit and in their ability to cook the most amazing food ever. Why I ever thought lasagna was a good idea for dinner, I’m not sure. But, it turned out good. Really, it turned out great! I’m pleased to say I did my last name proud when I served crockpot lasagna. That’s right – lasagna in the crockpot. It’s beautiful thing. Read on and add this one to your meal plan.

crockpot lasagna

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 – 16 ounce jar infused tomato sauce (by infused I mean a fancy one like “three cheese”, “basil marinara” or “garden blend”)
  • 1 – 12 ounce jar of Alfredo sauce (again, an infused variety is just fine – “garlic alfredo” is our personal favorite)
  • 1 box no boil lasagna noodles
  • 1 – 10 ounce tub of cottage cheese (which is the poor man’s ricotta, feel free to use ricotta if you prefer)
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS

In a skillet, lightly brown ground beef, add entire jar of tomato sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

lasagna 1

Place a thin layer of Alfredo sauce on the very bottom of your crockpot (this insures that your lasagna won’t stick to the bottom).

lasagna 2

Begin the lasagna layering – there is no right or wrong way to do this – after the base Alfredo I usually go in this order: noodles, meat/tomato, sprinkle of mozzarella, noodles, cottage cheese, Alfredo, noodles and on and on until everything is gone.The final layer should be heavy on Alfredo or tomato sauce (so your top noodles have plenty of moisture to absorb). And finally, top with a blend of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

crockpot 2

crockpot 3

crockpot 4

Set your crockpot to low for 6-8 hours. Checking at 6. When everything looks melted, your mouth starts watering and you begin searching for French bread, unplug your crockpot and allow the lasagna to sit, with the lid on, for 1 hour. The sitting process will make cutting lasagna pieces much easier. If it’s too hot, it turns into lasagna slop – still delicious, just not as pretty :)

lasagna 3

Alright now, get Italian night on this week’s meal plan and as they say with easy dinners like this, “Set it and forget it!” From my family to yours – enjoy!

About Gretchen Bossio

Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

Comments

  1. Athena says:

    Trying this right now!!

  2. Moriah Lail says:

    So, can anyone leave a review for this recipe? Also, about how many servings do you get out of one pot?

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