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1 pound Italian sausage
1 large (1 cup) onion, chopped
1 small (1/2 cup) green bell pepper, chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
2 (24-ounce) jars pasta sauce
1 (15-ounce) containter ricotta cheese
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (6-ounce) package (3 cups) fresh spinach leaves, chopped
12 no-cook lasagna noodles
12 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® 4 Cheese Italian Blend
Generously spray 6-quart slow cooker with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.
Combine Italian sausage, onion, green pepper and garlic in 12-inch skillet; cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 6-10 minutes or until sausage is cooked through. Drain, if necessary. Add pasta sauce; mix well.
Combine all filling ingredients in medium bowl until well mixed.
Spoon 1/4 meat mixture (about 2 cups) into prepared slow cooker; top with 3 lasagna noodles (break to fit). Spread with 1/4 cheese filling (about 3/4 cup); top with 3 cheese slices. Repeat layers 2 more times. Top all with remaining noodles; remaining filling and remaining meat mixture.
Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4-6 hours or High heat setting 2-4 hours, or until noodles are tender.
Top with remaining 3 cheese slices. Let stand until cheese is melted. Cut lasagna into pieces or wedges.
Prepare meat sauce and cheese filling the night before. Assemble lasagna in slow cooker the next morning and cook.
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I cook crock pot lasagna for my family often. While I do not use this exact recipe, it is similar. I know it has a lot of calories and sodium, but it is still better for them fast food, which would be the alternative on some of my busy evenings. It dips out of the crock well, not as pretty as if baked in a casserole, but my family does not complain. It is always a hit at church dinner, again more nutritious than fried chicken.
I have made this recipe 3 or times. It has become one of the go to for something that can be fixed early an eaten later. I know that it may not be the most diet friendly recipe but sometimes you just need to let loose and just enjoy something. By the way this is the ONLY way that I can get my guys to eat lasagna.
I have not made this recipe and will not -- it has too many calories as previous reviewer stated -- and to add to that, it has too much salt (almost as much in one serving as is recommended for a day!).
I have seen other recipes for crock-pot lasagna as well... but despite non-stick spray... how on earth do you serve lasagna out of a crock-pot and have it look like anything but a spooned-out mess?
Does it hold together enough to cut & serve it?
Like you I was skeptical about how to serve slow cooker lasagna at first. I have made this several times now and what I do is to cut down through the lasagna and serve a slice or wedge. I am careful as I cut and pick the slice up with my spatula, but the slice does stay together depending on how thick it is. A thin slice would be more difficult to keep together. I hope you give it a try.
Excellent!! The entire family gobbled it up with some left over for my husband's lunch. I have never made lasagna in a crockpot or with spinach!! And am making it again today!! Definitely a must!!
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