*This recipe is adapted from A Year of Crockpotting’s ‘Super Easy Crockpot Lasagna.’ *
Easy Peasy Lasagna in Your Crockpot
- 1 box Ronzoni whole wheat lasagna noodles
- 2 jars/cans meat spaghetti sauce
- 1/2 lb to 1lb ground beef (optional)
- 1 15oz tub part-skim ricotta cheese
- 2 16oz packages Italian style shredded cheese
- one large crockpot
- Break lasagna noodles in thirds into a large bowl and fill with hot water to soak.
- Brown and drain the ground beef, add meat flavored spaghetti sauce and heat.
- Ladle enough meat sauce into the crockpot to cover the bottom. Layer the lasagna noodles on top of the sauce and cover with another layer of sauce. Add a large spoon of ricotta cheese and spread it around. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top and cover with another layer of noodles.
- Repeat (noodles, sauce, ricotta, cheese) until the crockpot is full. Finish off with a layer of meat sauce and top with plenty of cheese.
- Cover and bake until the top noodles are done–about 3 hours on Hi. (The original recipe calls for 8 hours on low OR 4 hours on Hi, but I shaved some time off by pre-soaking the noodles and using hot meat sauce.)
- Serve with your favorite salad and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks:
- When I make spaghetti, I use a can of meat flavored sauce and a pound of ground beef and I freeze almost half of it. Having that on hand, I defrosted it and heated it in the microwave with the new meat flavored sauce. By doing this, I did not need to buy ground beef for this recipe, and I did not actually have to cook anything on top of the stove during preparation.
- This makes quite a large amount, and with proper rationing (a.k.a. proper portions and supplemented with a large salad on the side) could conceivably leave enough leftovers – making for a free lunch the next day!
My entire (uber-picky!) family loved this. My eldest only ate a little but she deemed it “okay.” My husband had half a plate full!
The noodles were well cooked but not mushy (and NO ONE said anything about them being whole wheat – which I attribute to how well they cooked in the crockpot and also the good quality of the Ronzoni pasta – which I love.)
It was very easy to put together, delicious, and in the end very pleasing. Two thumbs up!