Quick ‘N’ Easy Meat Free Lasagna
1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce, your choice of flavors
6 to 7 uncooked lasagna noodles
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
15 ounces ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Spread one-fourth of sauce in bottom of 4 quart slow cooker. Lay 2 noodles, broken into 1 inch pieces, over sauce. In a bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese, the ricotta and Parmesan cheeses. Spoon half of cheese mixture onto noodles and spread out to edges. Spoon in one-third of remaining sauce and then 2 more broken noodles. Spread remaining cheese mixture over top, then one-half of the remaining sauce and all the remaining noodles. Finish with remaining sauce. Cover; cook on low for 3 to 4 hours, or until noodles are tender and cheeses are melted. Add 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese and cook until cheese melts.
Makes 6 servings.
Convenient Slow Cooker Lasagna
1 pound ground beef
1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (8 ounce) package lasagna noodles, uncooked
4 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
Spray the interior of a 6 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Brown the ground beef in a large nonstick skillet; drain off drippings. Stir in tomato sauce; mix well. Spread one-fourth of the meat sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker. Arrange one-third of the uncooked noodles over the sauce. Combine the cheeses in a bowl. Spoon one-third of the cheeses over the noodles. Repeat these layers twice. Top with remaining sauce. Cover; cook on low for 4 hours.
* Add 1 chopped onion to the ground beef when browning.
* Add 1 teaspoon salt to the tomato sauce and beef mixture.
* Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese to the cheese mixture.
* Add 1/2 cup additional shredded Mozzarella cheese to the top of the lasagna 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.