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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Freezer Crock Pot Lasagna

Lindsay over at Passionate Homemaking is having a Nutritious Freezer Meals Carnival today, so I thought I'd share one of my favorite convenience meals.

I usually make about three of these lasagnas at one time and place them all in the freezer. They make great dinners for the days when we're we'll be away from the house or just busy all day.

First things first, take a look at your crock pot and find a freezable container that will fit inside the bottom of your crock. I normally use one of our round Corningware or Pyrex dishes. Line your dish(es) with foil and spray or rub with oil. Now you're ready to make your freezer crock pot lasagna(s).


Freezer Crock-Pot Lasagna (vegetarian)

8 oz. whole wheat lasagna noodles (cook for only 4-5 minutes, then immerse in cold water, they'll finish cooking in the crock pot)
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic gloves, minced
1 large jar/can spaghetti sauce (whichever is your favorite, we usually use some type of garden veggie sauce)
1 cup water
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp dried oregano (or Italian seasoning)
4 cups (16 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups (12 oz) small-curd cottage cheese (or 3/4 c. cottage
cheese & 3/4 c. ricotta)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a skillet, cook onion and garlic over medium heat until onion is tender and translucent. Add the tomato sauce, water, tomato paste and salt; mix well. Spread a fourth of the sauce in your prepared dish. Arrange a third of the noodles over sauce (cut/tear the noodles if necessary). Combine the cheeses, oregano, and eggs; spoon a third of the mixture over noodles. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining sauce. cover with foil and place in freezer overnight. In the morning remove foil covered lasagna from dish, place in a freezer Ziploc bag, label, and return to freezer.

The morning you want lasagna for dinner: Remove foil from lasagna and place the lasagna in the crock-pot (completely frozen). Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until noodles are tender.

Serves 6-8 (5 quart Crock pot)

I normally use this same recipe (or some variation) but place it in 2 or even three containers, with fewer layers, since I'm only feeding 3 people and I use a 3 1/2 qt crock pot. In the small crock pot this lasagna defrosts and cooks in about 5 hours on Low.

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This post also contributed to Kitchen Tip Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, & Tasty Tuesday.

Try this general concept with your favorite lasagna recipe. I'd love to hear about your results.



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14 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer said...

This is a great idea! I love using my crockpot and this is one more dish I can cook!

January 20, 2009 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger MOMMY-MOMO said...

i posted a crock pot recipe as well! ALways looking for new CP recipes ! THanks :)

January 20, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

That's amazing! I have never seen a recipe using this process of putting the dish inside the crockpot. Souns great! Happy TMTT!

January 20, 2009 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

What a great idea. Do you think it would work for a layered enchilada recipe, too? Thanks for the recipe!

January 20, 2009 at 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Kim@ForeverWherever said...

This is a great recipe for making life easier! Thanks for joining us!
-Kim

January 20, 2009 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Life with Kaishon said...

I am so excited about this! I just started using my crockpot more! It is so great for busy weeknight dinners!

January 20, 2009 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Wifey Dessert said...

that sounds so yummy!! I am going to have to try that!!!

January 20, 2009 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger A happy heart at home said...

This sounds great! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

~Susan

January 20, 2009 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

What a great idea! Good for times when you know you are going to be busy

January 20, 2009 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Jerralea said...

I'm excited to try this. I love crock pot recipes! And I've wanted to start cooking dishes for the freezer to have for busy days. This recipe will do both. Gotta love that!

January 20, 2009 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

This is really a great idea. I would have never thought of freezing it, this way. Thanks so much. I am glad you joined us, for TMTT, this week.

January 20, 2009 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing! I make lasagna all the time and this would be an awesome way to escape cooking for an evening! I love to cook, but not every single night :-)

January 20, 2009 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Excellent recipe! I've never eaten lasagna made in the crockpot before.

January 21, 2009 at 3:53 AM  
Blogger Traci Best said...

Awesome Idea! Crockpot cooking is just perfect for the homeschooling Mom of three!

You are an inspiration!

Thank you!

Traci

January 29, 2009 at 10:43 AM  

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