Saturday, February 18, 2012

Slow-Cooker Italian Sausage Lasanga

Well, I have to say that this dish is everything that it is hyped up to be.  This is probably, hands down, the most perfectly cooked lasagna that I have ever made.  And just to think that it was done in my slow-cooker and not in my oven.  There were no hard noodle edges, there was no dryness and there was basically no work to do it.  Just assemble and let go low and slow throughout the day.  It can't get much more easier than that.

8 uncooked lasagna noodles (divided)
3 Italian sausage's
1-28oz. jar spaghetti sauce(divided, I used Prego's Tomato, Basil, Garlic)
Italian Seasoning
1/3 cup of water (divided)
1- 15oz. tub of low-fat ricotta cheese (divided)
4 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese (divided)
freshly shredded Romano cheese for garnish

-Boil your Italian sausges in enough water to cover for about 15 minutes, plate them and allow to cool before slicing thinly on an angle (or else all the juices will run out of them if cut too soon).  Grease the bottom and the sides on the inside of your slow-cooker.  Take 4 of the uncooked lasagna noodles, break each of them into 3 pieces and layer them out across the bottom of your greased slow-cooker.  Then take your sliced Italian sausage and layer it out over the lasagna noodles followed by layers of 1/2 of the jar of spaghetti sauce, 1/2 of the amount of water, a nice sprinkling of the Italian seasoning, 1/2 of the ricotta cheese (spread as best you can) and 2 cups of the shredded mozzarella cheese.  Then repeat the all of the layers again.  Set to go LOW and slow for about 4 hours, waiting basically for the top layer of cheese to be melted and just beginning to brown around the edges.  Serve with a nice sprinkle of some freshly grated Romano cheese right on top.  Serves 4-6.  Enjoy!

7 comments:

  1. Sounds yummy!! I'll never cook lasagna any other way after I tried it!! I like the sausage idea I'll have to add that to mine!!

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  2. I tried this last weekend. I don't like Italian sausage so I just substituted in some hamburger. It was a big hit at the party I carried it to. The recipe is very forgiving and I can imagine lots of different things to add. Spinach, mushrooms, lots of things.

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    1. that's exactly how I see it too! I am thinking of trying spinach and sliced fresh garden tomatoes this summer in one :) Yay for it being a hit at a party :) so glad it was liked by everyone :)

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  3. christine kloecknerFebruary 28, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    We had this tonight and it was great! I substituted the sausage for hamburger and my daughter even had seconds. I love using my crook pot so any new recipe I see I have to try:)

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    1. Awesome Christine! Glad it worked for you guys. I have a ton of recipes on here too, just use the search engine box on the top left corner of the home page to look for all of my 'slow-cooker' recipes :) I do a lot of pulled beef and pork sandwiches in my slow-cooker and those recipes are amazing!

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  4. Hi. I make this all the time but have a quick question... if I were to cook it at a higher temp how long would it.take?

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