Thursday, October 11, 2007
Slow Cooking Thursday (Lasagna Stew)

It's time for the slow cooker recipe exchange that Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom hosts each week.

My choice for this Thursday's Slow Cooker recipe exchange is something I found in on Weight Watcher's website. I'm not actually doing Weight Watchers (a co-worker of mine is) but I'm really loving the nutritious recipes they offer!



Slow Cooker Lasagna Stew


Ingredients:
1 pound uncooked lean ground beef (with 7% fat)
1 small onion(s), chopped
1 medium garlic clove(s), minced
28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
15 oz canned tomato sauce
1 tsp table salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
6 items dry lasagna noodles, no-cook
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, strong-flavored like Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano

Preparation:
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently and breaking up meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, oregano, basil and crushed red pepper flakes; simmer 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together ricotta cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

3. Spoon 1/3 of beef mixture into a 5-quart slow cooker. Break 3 lasagna sheets in half and arrange over beef mixture; top with half of ricotta mixture. Repeat with another layer and finish with remaining 1/3 of beef mixture.

4. Cover slow cooker and cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours. Remove cover; turn off heat and season to taste, if desired.

5. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over beef mixture. Cover and set aside until cheese melts and lasagna firms up, about 10 minutes. Yields 1/6th of dish per serving.

Notes: To boost your vegetable intake, add a can of zucchini in tomato sauce to the meat mixture. You can also add 2 cups of sliced shiitake mushrooms to the beef mixture.

Now that I've shared my slow cooker recipe, please visit other Slow Cooker Thursday bloggers, starting with Sandra.

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11 Comments:
At 6:51 AM, Blogger mjpuzzlemom said...

This looks good. Thanks for sharing!


MJ

 
At 7:04 AM, Blogger Carey said...

This does sound yummy! Im always looking for things to cook in my crock pot. I just got done making a huge batch of chili in mine. I can't wait till dinner.

 
At 7:05 AM, Anonymous Lori4squaremom said...

Oh, this sounds wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to try it~

Blessings!

Oh, a PS :) I'm praying for you for your adoption!

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger Sandra said...

Oh my goodness, lasagna AND it's healthy........you're killing me LOL

This looks so good :)

BTW I've been keeping you in my prayers with the adoption, crossing my fingers and toes and everything else for you ;)

Hugs,
Sandra♥

 
At 11:00 AM, Blogger tegdirb92 said...

ooh, that looks and sounds delicious!! I will be trying this one.

 
At 11:23 AM, Blogger Renee's Ramblings said...

This sounds so good! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try it out.

 
At 11:40 AM, Blogger Just Another Day In Paradise said...

I love the thought of lasagna in the slow cooker- Thanks for posting this!

 
At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Eleisia said...

We love lasagna. This slow cooker recipe sounds so yummy I'm going to go have a snack!

 
At 3:48 PM, Blogger Mari said...

Lasagne is always a hit. I'll have to try this. Thanks!

 
At 8:35 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

oh that sounds wonderful!

 
At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Kelly said...

Looks like a great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

 

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