Slow Cooker Lasagna & Mrs. T’s Pierogies

Slow Cooked Lasagna

It was a very tasty weekend & today I have two fun eats to share with you!

First up is Slow Cooker Lasagna! You may have noticed, I have been on a bit of a serious slow cooker kick lately – I can’t get enough of it! Something about Fall & the cooler weather makes me excited about busting out the crock  pot, throwing dinner on in the morning and letting the aroma fill up the house all day. I’m obsessed.

I’m also embracing the fact that I am still very much in the mood to cook. I have prepared Charles for the fact that during the last few weeks of our pregnancy, we may or may not be relying heavily on take-out. He’s on board with that but for now I am loving having fun making meals in our new kitchen.

So our first meal today is a slow cooker lasagna, inspired by Emeril which I couldn’t wait to try out myself. I love the idea of making a lasagna in a crock pot – here’s how it all went down:

Slow Cooker Lasagna

How To:

1- For the meat sauce:  Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the 1 lb. ground beef and cook about 8 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1 small chopped onion, and 6 cloves of chopped garlic – cook for 2 minutes longer. Stir in 2 cans {28 oz. each} crushed tomatoes, 1 cup vegetable stock. Then add in 1 tbsp. salt, 1 1/2 tsp. black pepper, 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper, 1 tsp. oregano, 1 tsp. basil, 1 tsp. thyme, and 1 1/2 tsp. sugar and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

2- Combine 15 oz. ricotta cheese and 1 beaten egg in a medium bowl. Stir in ½ cup of the cooled meat sauce.

3- For the lasagna:  Add ½ cup of the sauce to a 6-quart slow cooker. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles, side by side, on top of the sauce. Place 6 large tablespoons of the ricotta mixture on the noodles and spread it out evenly. Top the noodles three slices of provolone cheese, and 3 slices of fresh mozzarella cheese. Top with 2 cups of the meat sauce. Make two more layers without adding the last layer of cheeses.

4 – Cook on low for 4 hours.

5- Add a sprinkling of Parmesan/shredded mozzarella cheese to the lasagna and replace the lid. Turn off the slow cooker and allow the cheese to melt and the lasagna to set up by letting it cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Crock Pot Lasagna

It may not be the prettiest dinner I’ve ever made, but it sure was tasty – and I loved using my slow cooker {yet again!} This was very easy to throw together, didn’t take too long and didn’t make a huge mess {which is always a good thing!} It’s even a great dish to bring to a party or a holiday get together, because it makes a ton and would feel a lot of people!

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central Consulting for Mrs. T’s Pierogies. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Another new {to me} dish I got to try out this weekend were the Mrs. T’s Pierogies. I have been a big fan of pierogies ever since I was a little girl, I grew up on them as my grandma was Polish and whenever we would visit her, they would be always be included in her menu plans. To this day they always remind me of her, which is awesome! When I had the opportunity to try out the Mrs. T brand myself, I was excited to have pierogies back in our house again!

Periogies

I got to try three different kinds – the Sweet Potato, Potato, Spinach & Feta and the Potato & 5 Cheese Blend – all were equally tasty, delicious and ready in minutes. I paired the pierogies with my favorite Brussels Sprouts Leaf Salad and some steamed cauliflower for some extra veggies. Such a tasty dinner – and the husband loved them too! This is another awesome dish you could make for any holiday get together {they come in mini versions too!} and I’m sure they would be a hit!

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What’s your favorite dish to bring to a holiday get-together?

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Mrs. T's

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3 Comments

  • Reply Melissa November 18, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I love the idea/concept of lasagna made in the slow-cooker, it’s so innovative! I’ll have to try it sometime.

  • Reply Holly November 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    We bring a jalapeño creamed corn dish – everyone loves it! If you are big on slow cooker meals, you could always freeze some of the left overs to eat when you don’t feel like cooking later on in pregnancy!

  • Reply Patty O November 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    This looks delicious – two of my favorite meals! I love how you are using your crock pot so frequently!

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