The first time I heard about it was a month or so ago, some of us were volunteering to make a lunch for the Youth Group at church. My friend Cindy stepped up with the Crockpot Lasagna. I was curious, but got preoccupied and forgot to inquire. Well, fast forward and I saw it come up on Facebook. Then again. Then, just the other day, my friend Kathryn posted that she was making it. So, I had to ask. Apparently, the recipe is right there on Oprah's website. And, thankfully for me, a photo.
All this brings me to my own latest lasagna experience. I was looking around the kitchen for what I had on hand and what I could do with it. I know the Vivver likes lasagna, so I decided to "guinea pig" her with a vegetable version. I'm pleased to report that my sweet little veggie lovin' pumpkin pie loved it. She ate a good dinner and asked to take some the next day in her stylish Hello Kitty lunchbox. This is why I cook!
Here's how I did it this time:
- 9 lasagna noodles (cooked, rinsed & placed back in pot covered w/cold water)
- 3 large carrots
- 3 medium yellow squash
- 1 10 oz. box frozen chopped spinach (thawed & squeezed dry)
- 1 container ricotta
- 1/4 cup parmesan
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 1 cup warmed milk
Sauteed the garlic in 1 Tbsp olive oil with the crushed red pepper. Then, slowly mixed in the flour (basically making a roux). Gradually whisk in the warm milk. Remove from heat and add in the ricotta, 1/4 cup parmesan & spinach; mix well. Set aside.
For convenience's sake, I used a jarred sauce that I had in the pantry. Spread a little on the bottom of your lasagna pan. Place 3 noodles on top. Spread with about 1/2 of the spinach mixture, layer of squash, some mozzarella, layer of sauce. Then, 3 more noodles, the rest of the spinach mixture, carrots, mozzarella, layer of sauce. Finally, 3 more noodles, layer of sauce, mozzarella and parmesan on top.
Cover tightly with foil, and bake at 350 or 375 for about 30 minutes. Uncover & bake about 10 minutes or so until cheese is bubbly & just starting to get golden. Basically, until it looks good to you! I always let mine sit for about 15 minutes to "set up" before trying to cut into it. You'll get better looking pieces that hold together better.