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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Crock Pot Week: Spicy Lasagna

I have to admit, I was super looking forward to this meal. I've never made lasagna from scratch before and thought that this week was a perfect time to experiment with a sort of lasagna meal. Plus, we are a bit addicted to unhealthy Italian style dishes in this family. We love our pasta and sauce!!

Spicy Lasagna

10 oz pkg lasagna noodles, broken into bite-sized pieces, cooked
1 lb ground beef, browned
1/2 lb spicy Italian sausage, sliced and browned
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
12 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
12 oz cottage or ricotta cheese
16 oz can tomato sauce
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
 Wowzers that was a lot of ingredients! I made a few adjustments, mostly from laziness. I had slightly more than a pound of ground beef, but I used only two links of spicy sausage, so I imagine it evened out. I added more garlic because we like garlic in this house. Slightly more ricotta, slightly less mozzarella... that should be it! Now check out these steps:

1. Combine all ingredients in greased slow cooked.
2. Cover. Cook on Low 7-9 hours, or on High 3-5 hours.
My Review: Yeah, those instructions are pretty vague, huh? I was like, "Just combine everything? Just like that?" And well... I did! I threw it all in there and mixed it up with a spoon, then turned it on. The top started to get sorta crispy, so I had to stir it a few times. Honestly, this meal was a bit complicated for a crock pot meal, for me anyway. I like the idea of just throwing things in and cooking. This took a lot of steps - browning, cutting, cooking noodles.

Other than that, the food was delicious, of course! We scooped it up and put it on our plates, and I had seconds. I wish it was a bit spicier, but other than that, it was good. We paired it with roasted, yep roasted again, asparagus and mushrooms.

Tomorrow I'm making Shepherd's Pie! A classic!

1 comment:

  1. I'm not a fan of extra steps in my crock pot meals either. I want to plop it all in and done. I will stretch myself to add in a 2nd ingredient 1/2 way through, but even that is a push! lol BUT, this does sound delicious!


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