2clovesgarlicminced, or 1 tablespoon of garlic paste
1poundItalian sausageremoved from casing
8cupstomato marinara sauce
salt and pepper to taste
Lasagna Cheese Sauce
2poundslow-moisture mozzarella cheeseshredded
1cupfreshly grated Parmesan cheesedivided
½cupfreshly chopped parsleyoptional
salt and pepper to taste
1pounduncooked lasagna noodlesoven-ready variety
In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and cook chopped onion until lightly browned. Add garlic and stir until browned, then mix in the ground beef and sausage. Cook, breaking up the pieces of meat with a wooden spoon, until browned.After browning, stir the tomato sauce into the cooked meat with Italian seasoning, and simmer on low for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and remove from heat. This is your lasagna meat sauce.
1 Tablespoon olive oil, 1 medium onion, 2 cloves garlic, 1 pound ground beef, 1 pound Italian sausage, 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning, 8 cups tomato marinara sauce, salt and pepper to taste
Cover the bottom of the greased slow cooker with 1 cup of the meat sauce. This is very important - start with the sauce at the bottom!
Top with a layer of uncooked, oven-ready, lasagna noodles. You will have to cut the lasagna noodles in order to fit the slow cooker.
1 pound uncooked lasagna noodles
In a bowl, mix ricotta cheese with ½ cup Parmesan cheese, parsley, a pinch of salt and pepper, and eggs, until fully combined. Add a ladle of the meat sauce and then the ricotta mixture (about ¼ of the mixture) over the noodles in the slow cooker. Top with a layer of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese (using about ¼ each of your remaining cheese). Repeat the layers in that same order three times, finishing with a final layer of the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
32 ounces ricotta cheese, 2 pounds low-moisture mozzarella cheese, 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 4 eggs, ½ cup freshly chopped parsley, salt and pepper to taste
Set the slow cooker to low and cook for approximately 7 hours, until the mixture is bubbly and the noodles have cooked through. The lasagna can also cook on low for 6-8 hours. After cooking, set the slow cooker on warm and allow the lasagna to rest. This will enable the lasagna to set and allow you to cut through without it falling apart. Serve with additional meat sauce and Parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!
This recipe feeds approximately 12-15 people. I love to entertain and this is my go-to recipe. You will need a large oval 8-quart Crock-Pot. If you prefer small amounts, jut cut the recipe in half and use a small round 5-quart Crock-pot.
If you want to serve additional meat sauce on top of the lasagna, I recommend doubling the meat sauce.
You will want to slice this lasagna into smaller pieces since it is a deep dish.