Saturday, July 21, 2012

Crockpot Lasagna Made with Uncooked Pasta!

I LOVE meals that I can throw together in the morning and have ready pretty much as soon as I open my front door!  I've discovered that some crockpot meals are more of a "finished product" with less added cooking to get the meal ready and this is one of those meals.  My daughter suggested we try this method - making lasagna with jarred sauce, cheese, and uncooked pasta!  We really didn't know how this would turn out.  But it was fabulous!  Perfect!  We loved it!  Definitely we will be making it all the time.

Here's how I made Crockpot Lasana Made with Uncooked Pasta AT HOME MY WAY:

Crockpot Lasagna with Uncooked Pasta
  • 1 large jar of your favorite pasta sauce (or 3-4 cups of your favorite homemade sauce)
  • 1/2 of this jar - water
  • Ground beef/italian sausage, whatever you like (I used about 1 pound of burger)
  • Lasagna pasta (uncooked)
  • Salt
  • Cheese (we usually only use mozzerella but if you like ricotta, use whatever you like).
Brown the ground beef, drain.  Add the jar of pasta sauce.  Add 1/2 of the jar with water to the sauce/meat mixture and stir.  (This will be VERY runny - which it needs to be to add liquid because you are cooking the pasta in the sauce.) 

Add one layer of sauce to the crockpot. 
Break the pasta at a length you need for the widest - the middle.  Lay it on the sauce.  Fit other pieces of uncooked pasta over the sauce. Salt the pasta.
More sauce.
More pasta.  More sprinkles of salt.
Until you think you only have one layer left of your sauce (which will you need to finish with).
After the last layer of sauce.)

(I only add cheese at the end when I get home.  We didn't miss the cheese and it lowered the calories/fat for this dish.)

Cover with the lid.  Turn on low and cook 8-10 hours.

When you get home - sprinkle with cheese.  I used about 2 cups of grated mozzerella.

Put the lid on and go change your clothes, whatever you have to do for about 10 minutes.

Once the cheese is melted, GOBBLE IT UP!

We loved this easy, frugal, quick way to get dinner on the table fast!  I hope you like it.


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