Slow Cooker Lasagna

Home-cooked lasagna on a weeknight? Yes! Thanks to the slow cooker and no precooking of the noodles!

Yield

8 servings

Ingredients

1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
3 (15 ounce) cans Italian-style tomato sauce
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
1 (15 ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
15 uncooked lasagna noodles

Directions

Cook sausage and onion in 10-inch skillet over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, basil and salt.

Mix 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. (Refrigerate remaining mozzarella cheese while lasagna cooks.)

Spoon one-fourth of the sausage mixture into 6-quart slow cooker; top with 5 noodles, broken into pieces to fit. Spread with half of the cheese mixture and one-fourth of the sausage mixture. Top with 5 noodles, remaining cheese mixture and one-fourth of the sausage mixture. Top with remaining 5 noodles and remaining sausage mixture.

Cover and cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or until noodles are tender.

Sprinkle top of lasagna with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover and let stand about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into pieces.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours

Additional Information

Something as simple as chopped fresh parsley will dress up this lasagna. Sprinkle on the parsley just before serving.

For lasagna with a kick, look for hot or spicy Italian sausage. Links can be used if bulk sausage isn't available. Just squeeze the meat out of the casings and cook as directed.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving): Calories 670 (Calories from Fat 270), Total Fat 31 g (Saturated Fat 13 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 75 mg; Sodium 1770 mg; Total Carbohydrate 65 g (Dietary Fiber 5 g, Sugars 14 g), Protein 34 g; Exchanges: 3 1/2 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 3 1/2 High-Fat Meat; Carbohydrate Choices: 4

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