I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I like pasta and cheese. This is one of my favorite recipes to satisfy said craving because it can feed me and my hubby for days. This recipe provides about 8 servings, 12 if you stretch it with salad and garlic bread.
I also really love this recipe because it takes 15 minutes of prep and it’s in my Crockpot cooking, and then it’s done in 4 hours. And in the summer this is a godsend because baking a lasagna would make my house downright sweltering. Like obscenely hot as in I can’t be inside until the sun goes down.
So if you need to feed a crowd, have a tiny kitchen, no access to an oven, don’t want to heat your house up to make comfort food, or otherwise just want easy delicious pasta and cheese this is the recipe for you!
Crockpot Deep-Dish Lasagna
This fills a 7.5qt Crockpot about 2 inches from the top. It feeds 8 people comfortably.
- 1 tbsp olive oil or bacon grease
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning blend
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup Parmesan/Romano cheese blend
- 16 ounces ricotta or cottage cheese
- 1/2 batch thick and chunky marinara sauce
- 12 lasagna noodles, uncooked
- 4 cups mozzarella cheese (~8 ounces)
- 1 tsp dried parsley
Making the Delicious Food:
Grease your Crockpot with a light coating of olive oil or bacon grease.
In a small bowl combine egg, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, Parmesan/Romano and ricotta. Mix until fluffy and thoroughly combined. Set aside.
Cover the bottom with two cups of sauce. Top with 3 noodles, broken to fit. Then 1/3 the ricotta mixture spread across the top (it doesn’t need to be perfect the other toppings will squish it all together). Top with 1 cup shredded mozzarella. Repeat this layering of sauce, noodles, ricotta and mozzarella 3 times.
Now top with one last layer of sauce, noodles and only mozzarella for the top layer. Sprinkle with dried parsley so it looks pretty.
Cook on high 4 hours.
Serve warm with garlic bread and an Italian salad for maximum pleasure and budget.
Costs $10.40 – $1.30/serving OR $0.87/serving if stretched with salad and bread.