Feed Me Friday: Slowcooker Lasagna

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I always try to have one slowcooker recipe in my meal plan for each week. A slowcooker recipe is fantastic for busy evenings. You can make the meal in the morning hours and have it to eat in the evening hours. This is one of my husband’s favorite meals of all time. The lasagna doesn’t come out pretty, but it comes out delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (my husband likes at least 4 cloves of garlic)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 29 ounces tomato sauce
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounces of no-cook lasagna noodles (though to be honest, I have used no-cook and cook and both work fine)

Method:

  1. In a skillet, brown beef with onion and garlic.
  2. Once browned, add in tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, salt, pepper, and oregano. Mix well. 
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the cheeses.
  4. In a 5 quart slowcooker, spread about 1/4 of the meat sauce (this isn’t rocket science; just eyeball it).
  5. Arrange 1/3 of the noodles.
  6. Spoon 1/3 of the cheese mix over noodles. 
  7. Repeat meat sauce, then noodles, then cheese.
  8. Again, repeat meat sauce, noodles, then cheese.
  9. Top with remaining meat sauce. 
  10. My husband likes to add more mozzarella cheese over this final layer of sauce. 
  11. Cook on low until noodles are tender. My recipe says 4-5 hours, but I have found 4 hours is too long. I like 3.5 hours. 

Serve With:

This goes well with some sort of bread–french bread, baguettes, bread sticks… I also always serve with a green vegetable such as green salad, peas, or green beans.

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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2 Comments

  1. John
    February 21, 2015 / 2:43 AM

    Hi I have a question about doing structured playtime with my 29 month old daughter. I understand that I am to choose the activity and the location but what do I do when she wonders off and says I dont want to. When I tell her she needs to come and sit down, sometimes she will and other times she won't. Do I put her in time out for disobedience? What would you do? If she is put in time out when she comes out does she need to complete the activity or is she done for the day. Help please! She is generally obedient but has a short attention span, and sometimes just isnt interested in the activity i have chosen for her. Any ideas appreciated?????

  2. Jessie
    February 21, 2015 / 8:17 PM

    I've been on the hunt for slow cooker recipes; perfect timing! Do you have a favorite blog or cookbook you find your slow cooker recipes?

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