Slow Cooker Lasagna


Posted: November 25

Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes

Yield: 12 sevings

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Looking for a simple lasagna recipe that basically cooks itself? This Slow Cooker Lasagna is just what you're looking for! It's easy, delicious, and serves a crowd.


Ingredients

• 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 pound Italian sausage, casings removed • 2 jars (each 24 ounces) tomato sauce • 2 cups water • 1 pound whole-milk ricotta cheese • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste • 18 ruffle-edged lasagna noodles (not no-boil noodles) • 1 1/2 pound mozzarella cheese, grated • 2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated • Thinly sliced fresh basil for garnish, if desired

Directions

Step 1

In a skillet on the stovetop, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausage to the skillet and cook, breaking up meat into smaller chunks with a spoon, 10 to 12 minutes or until the meat is browned. Add the tomato sauce and water to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat and set aside.

Step 2

In a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

Step 3

In the insert to your slower-cooker, spread a thin layer of the sauce on the bottom. Cover the sauce with a single layer of uncooked lasagna noodles, breaking the noodles as needed to fit (it will take about 3 noodles). Spread 1/3 cup of the ricotta cheese mixture over the noodle layer. Spread 2 cups of the meat and sauce mixture over the ricotta cheese layer. Sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella and 1/4 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano over the meat and sauce mixture. Repeat the layering 4 more times, starting with the noodles.

Step 4

Place the slow-cooker insert into the base and cover with the lid. Cook on LOW about 4 hours or until the noodles are tender and cooked through.

Step 5

Preheat the oven to broil and carefully transfer the slow-cooker insert into the oven and broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Let the lasagna rest for about 20 minutes before serving. If using, garnish with basil and serve. Enjoy!


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