Lazy Day Lasagna

Lazy Day Lasagna
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Lasagna

Steve Legato

Lasagna

If you’re skeptical about cooking lasagna in a slow cooker, have no fear — it’s as easy as layering the ingredients and walking away. This recipe will have your lasagna pan gathering dust. The Italian purist in me was happy to find that traditional lasagna noodles bake up beautifully without boiling them first, and my boys were delighted to eat this for dinner and again as tasty leftovers.

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Notes

Marlene Says: For Beefy Slow Cooker Lasagna, brown 1/2 pound lean ground beef with ½ teaspoon garlic powder and 1 teaspoon crushed fennel seeds. After spreading 1/2 cup of marinara on the bottom of the slow cooker, add beef to remaining marinara and continue as directed (adds 55 calories and 2 grams fat).

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, cottage cheese, 2 tablespoons water, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon oregano. Mix thoroughly. 

Place the marinara sauce in a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Add 1/2 cup water (unless the marinara is already fairly thin) to the empty sauce jar or container, give it a swirl, and add to the marinara sauce. Spread 1/2 cup of the sauce on the bottom of a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. 

Place about one-third of the lasagna noodles over the sauce, breaking the noodles to fit (don’t worry if small spaces are uncovered). Cover the noodles with half of the cheese mixture (about 1 1/2 cups), then top with 1 cup sauce. Repeat. 

Top with the remaining noodles, cover with the remaining sauce, and sprinkle on the mozzarella, the remaining oregano and Parmesan. Cook for 3-3 1/2 hours on low or until fork tender. Turn off heat and let sit at least 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

484 kcal

Daily value:

24%

Servings:

6
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 47 g
  • Protein 21 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 24 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 351 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 90 µg
  • Vitamin B-12 1 µg
  • Vitamin D 5 IU
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 1 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 4 µg
  • Ash 4 g
  • Aspartic acid 1 g
  • Calcium, Ca 544 mg
  • Carotene, beta 37 µg
  • Cholesterol 46 mg
  • Choline, total 6 mg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 6 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 7 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 9 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 2 g
  • Folate, DFE 9 µg
  • Folate, food 9 µg
  • Folate, total 106 µg
  • Fructose 1 g
  • Glucose (dextrose) 1 g
  • Glutamic acid 2 g
  • Iron, Fe 3 mg
  • Leucine 1 g
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 51 µg
  • Lycopene 142 µg
  • Lysine 1 g
  • Magnesium, Mg 35 mg
  • Niacin 4 mg
  • Phenylalanine 1 g
  • Phosphorus, P 410 mg
  • Phytosterols 1 mg
  • Potassium, K 324 mg
  • Proline 1 g
  • Retinol 86 µg
  • Selenium, Se 21 µg
  • Serine 1 g
  • Sodium, Na 1143 mg
  • Starch 12 g
  • Sugars, total 10 g
  • Tyrosine 1 g
  • Valine 1 g
  • Water 60 g
  • Zinc, Zn 3 mg
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