Hope you are having a great week so far!
Welcome to our third "WHADDA WE EATIN' WEDNESDAY"!
Today I am featuring a meal that I made for my family this past Sunday for our Sunday Family Dinner (you can catch the tablescape for this family dinner HERE. if you're interested.)
Everyone absolutely loved this CROCK POT LASAGNA!
Yes, I know, it sounded a little unorthodox to me too when I first heard about it. But when I found it on Pinterest and visited the blog of the person who made it, everyone was just raving about it in the comments section. Now that I've tried it, it is my new GO-TO lasagna recipe. I modified mine just a little because I have a larger crock pot.
Here are the ingredients I used:
1 pound of ground turkey (I used closer to 2 pounds because my crock pot was a little bigger)
1 jar (24-29 oz) of your favorite pasta sauce (I added another 1/2 jar..again, because of the size of the crock pot....and because I LOVE meat sauce! haha!)
1 small can of tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 8 oz box of lasagna noodles - regular, uncooked
4-5 cups of Mozzerella cheese
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
Grated parmesean cheese.
Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika to taste
First, brown the ground turkey in some olive oil, garlic powder, italian seasoning and paprika to taste. They make a great meaty flavor that takes away some of the "bland" taste of the turkey meat and makes it taste more like ground beef, in my opinion.
Then add the pasta sauce, tomato sauce and water to the mix and just let it simmer a few minutes..
Then, mix the cheeses 4 of the 5 cups of Mozzerella and the cottage cheese...I also added a little garlic powder, italian seasoning and 1/2 cup of grated parmesean and parsley to taste and got out my HANDY stick blender!!! It made a great cheesy fill!
Then on to the layering....spray the Crock Pot with cooking spray throughout the inside of the pot.
Then add 1/4 of the meat mixture...
Then it's time to top that with 1/3 of the cheese mixture.
Repeat the process 2 more times, then top with the remaining 1/4 of the meat mixture. Cover and put it on low in the crock pot for 3.5 hours. At the 3.5 hour mark, put in some more mozzerella cheese and cook for another 1/2 hour.
On the original recipe, Katherine mentioned that she cooked the lasagna on high while she was getting ready for work and then turned it on WARM for the rest of the day while she was gone, and it also turned out great.
Now, when the lasagna is done cooking, you may see some liquid on the top like I did...from the cheese and perhaps from the sauce or meat. I went ahead and put a layer of grated parmesean on top of the Mozzerella and it mixed in so nicely...almost creating a swirl-like effect on the top of the lasagna!
I pulled the crock pot off the base, brought it in and just set it on my buffet, got a big spoon and VOILA! It was perfect! You're supposed to take off the cover and let this set for at least 10 minutes after it's done. Then you're ready to eat!
I can not tell you how happy I was that everyone loved it. Especially considering this is the first lasagna I've ever made! I can't imagine making it any other way now!
My dad, a gourmet cook, was throwing around the idea of making this recipe for a potluck he was going to soon. He couldn't believe how good it turned out, in the CROCK POT!!! haha!
Even my kids, who told me long ago that they HATED lasagna, said they LOVED this and both asked for seconds!
I will also say, we had just a little leftovers on this, because we all totally indulged on this lasagna, but when I reheated the leftovers, I thought they were just as yummy, if not better the next day!
Thanks so much for joining me! If you have made this recipe, or plan to, I'd love your thoughts and any tweaks you did/do. I'd also love for you to come on by my Facebook Page, where I'll host some fun conversations and keep you posted on what's going on at the "Home Girl's" Home! =D
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Have a great rest of the week!
~The "HOME GIRL"
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