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Lazy Day Lasagna

Staff Writer
Lasagna
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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.

6
Servings
407
Calories Per Serving

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).

Ingredients

  • 15 Ounces low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 Cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 6 Tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 Teaspoons dried oregano, divided
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (about three cups)
  • 7 or 8 traditional lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 2/3 Cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

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.

Lasagna Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Lasagna Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Lasagna Wine Pairing

Cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nero d'avola, primitivo, sangiovese, or carménère with meat- or tomato-based sauces; grenache or chardonnay with cheese lasagna without tomato sauce.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
19g
30%
Sugar
11g
N/A
Saturated Fat
11g
56%
Cholesterol
66mg
22%
Protein
26g
53%
Carbs
31g
10%
Vitamin A
221µg
25%
Vitamin B12
0.8µg
12.8%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
17.1%
Vitamin C
3mg
4%
Vitamin D
0.3µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
3mg
17%
Vitamin K
20µg
26%
Calcium
491mg
49%
Fiber
3g
12%
Folate (food)
36µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
36µg
9%
Iron
2mg
10%
Magnesium
57mg
14%
Monounsaturated
5g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
6mg
29%
Phosphorus
431mg
62%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
637mg
18%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
26.7%
Sodium
1071mg
45%
Zinc
2mg
16%