Saturday I made the crockpot lasagna from http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/02/slow-cooker-lasagna.html We knew in the beginning that not everything we tried was going to turn out perfect. Hence, the need for the experiments. This was to be our first fail.
Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipe
1 lb. lean ground beef (could be substituted for Italian sausage)
1 (24 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
1 cup water
1 (15 oz) container of ricotta cheese (can use skim ricotta)
1 pkg. Kraft Italian Cheese (approx. 2 cups)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons parsley
6 regular lasagna noodles, uncooked
Brown meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and water. Mix ricotta, 1-1/2 cups Kraft Italian cheese, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, egg and parsley.
Spoon 1 cup meat sauce into slow cooker; top with 3 lasagna noodles, broken to fit; and half of cheese mixture. Cover with 2 cups meat sauce. Top with remaining noodles, broken to fit; cheese mixture and meat sauce. Cover with lid.
Cook on low 4-6 hours or until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; let stand, covered, 10 min. or until melted.
This was our most expensive project to date at around $13. It was easy to make. It smelled great and looked amazing when I put in the crockpot. So where did we go wrong? I put it on 8 hours low autosetting on my crock because I had to leave and that was my best choice. I asked the 15 year old of the house to make sure to turn it off before she left for her church activity which would’ve been a perfect 4 hour cooking. When I returned eight hours later I could smell the disaster as soon as I walked in the house. She had forgotten to turn it off and I know had a brick of pasta in the crockpot. It was not salvageable. So although it was easy and it looked great when we started, I was not able to actually taste and rate this. I will have to try again down the road.