Thank goodness it’s Friday. This week has been a little crazy and I’m ready for the weekend! My friend Eric (the one who moved to Dallas last year) was in town this week so he came over for dinner last night. Eric is one of those people that you could talk to for hours and hours and feel like only 10 minutes has passed. I’m sad he lives so far away now, but we’ve been able to keep in touch pretty well. I decided to try making a crockpot recipe so I wouldn’t have to worry about throwing something together right after work.
I’m honestly not much of a crockpot expert. The whole idea of it weirds me out a little. (Like, I’m intentionally leaving this appliance on all day? That seems scary.) But I figured it was time to try some new things. I happened to have the basic ingredients for lasagna in my pantry so the question was:
Can you make lasagna in a crockpot?
Answer: Yes. Yes, you can.
This timing worked out perfectly since it’s Friday and I wanted to share a budget friendly recipe with you! This makes a huge portion but it’s still cheap!
- 8 lasagna noodles (uncooked)
- 1 12 oz can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 24 oz jar of pasta sauce
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- Handful of spinach
- ¾ cup water.
- Spray the inside of the crockpot with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add about ½- 1 cup of the crushed tomatoes to the bottom of the crockpot. (The amount will depend on how large your crockpot is. Mine is huge so I used about 1 cup.)
- Place 1 layer of lasagna noodles on the bottom. You'll have to break them up a bit to make them fit. That's ok, it doesn't have to be pretty.
- Top with ½ the ricotta cheese and spinach leaves.
- Add a layer of mozzarella cheese.
- Repeat- noodles, ricotta, spinach, mozzarella, noodles.
- Add the cup of water to the pasta sauce jar and shake. Pour over the layers.
- Top with cheese.
- Put the crockpot on low for about 6 hours. Let sit for a few minutes then cut and serve!
- Note: My guess is that all crockpots are not created equal, so you may need to adjust the amount of water to add. Play around with it and see. I think this recipe would be hard to mess up!
- Ricotta Cheese- $2.50
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese- $2
- Crushed tomatoes- $1
- Marinara Sauce- $2.50
- Lasagna Noodles- $1
- Spinach- $1
You could certainly add in more veggies, I just didn’t have much else on hand. I also sprinkled it with a little fresh basil just before serving. It adds a nice pop of color! Shredded parmesan never hurt either. So many options, so little time.
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