Sunday, May 11, 2008

Lasagna...Sort Of

Today, we invited my in-laws over for an impromptu Mother's Day. I already had this recipe planned and I knew I would have enough, so why not? I have heard of lasagna in the crockpot before, and when I saw this recipe in a slow cooker cookbook, I thought I would give it a try. After all, it has spicy in the title. Spicy is always welcome in our household.

I didn't want to spend the money and buy a whole package of Italian sausage ($4.99 a package, yikes!), so I decided to buy bulk sausage. It was much less expensive, and I was able to cook it along side the ground beef.

The recipe is very easy, with two steps. I opted to cook it on high rather than low, because I had church this morning and wouldn't have time to get everything in the pot before I left. I also undercooked the lasagna noodles by about 2 minutes because I knew they would continue to cook in the crock pot.
The results were very tasty! I would like a little more tomato, but I can't win every time right?

Spicy Lasagna
from: Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook

10 ounce package lasagna noodles, broken into bite-size pieces, cooked
1 lb. group beef, browned
1/2 lb Italian sausage, sliced and browned
1 onion, chpped
1 clove garlic, minced
12 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
12 oz. cottage or ricotta cheese
16 oz. can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1.5 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1.5 teaspoon salt

1. Combine all ingredients in greased slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on low 7-9 hours, or High 3-5 hours.